Saturday, 22 April 2017

Done at the Gallop

We visited the small market town of Louth.   It was a brief visit - Max only bought a one hour parking ticket - so everything was done at a gallop.  

The town is tiny, so it wouldn't have been so bad if the shops I wanted to visit hadn't been as far away from each other as it is possible to be.   Just as well I am reasonably fleet of foot, for an oldie.

Photograph borrowed from remembering the old ways blogspot

As I was making my way to the Health Food Co-op I saw two very smartly dressed little girls with their parents, they were just leaving the market place.   Something clicked in my brain and before I'd reached my destination I had the answer... I remembered where I'd seen these twins and their mother.   The mother writes the Remembering the Old Ways blog - which is filled with beautifully evocative photographs.

The twins were dressed in beautiful matching winter coats and their mother wore a lovely vintage jacket and skirt.  

Louth Market Place


As I walked back to the other end of the town I fell to thinking about how beautifully turned out the girls were.   I know that my own children would have fought against being dressed like that, my grandchildren would definitely rebel.   They like to choose their own clothing each day.



Thank goodness for school uniforms.   No arguments on school days!

I didn't have time to take photographs yesterday.    These photographs of Louth are some I used in one of my previous blogs, years before I began 'Parsonage Cottage'.


Nothing much changes in Louth.   Shops may relocate, others go out of business, new ones come in.

The market is held on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with a Farmers Market on the 4th Wednesday of the month, Food Market on 2nd Friday of the month, and Craft Markets 3rd Saturday of the month through the summer.    Then, of course, there is the cattle market and that is held once a week 'up the hill'.

Truly a market town.


These are just a couple of the old terraced houses.  Lovely, characterful places.

Purchases made, I was back at the car with ten minutes to spare.



We were soon heading home.
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19 comments:

  1. Thank you for the tour of Louth never been there or anywhere around that area.

    I've occasionally wondered if I'd had twins would I have dressed them the same? I do remember my mum sometimes had dresses made the same for me and my sister - she's four years younger - which I objected too.

    Love the long and winding road.

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    1. Hello Sue, I haven't really done it justice, it is well worth a visit. Pondering that question kept me occupied, as I sped along! I can understand the temptation to do that, especially while they are young.
      Isn't that bit of road beautiful. Once we come to that stretch we know we are almost home. A bit of shopping is okay but going home is better. I hope you have a good weekend.

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  2. Howl lovely the girls and their mother looked. At first I thought it was an old photograph, but then I thought, "no, it's just in black and white and they are modern children, they have the look and the 'build' of 21st century children, they don't look small and even in wealthy families, slightly under-nourished, as children looked in the 1920s. But so elegant, all three of them. I had a similar red coat when I was a child in the early 1950s, with a little black velvet collar and when I went out, I had to wear my velour black school hat, even when not going to school! (To keep my head warm, and of course, everyone wore a hat in the early 1950s, oh my goodness, how times have changed. I think this might be one of the biggest changes, that society on the whole doesn't wear hats. I don't count awful baseball caps, or course!)
    And lovely buildings in Louth, too.
    Margaret P
    www.margaretpowling.com

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    1. Hello Margaret, They looked very demure and beautifully turned out.

      Velour school hat for the winter and a straw boater with a navy ribbon for the summer. School days! At one school we had to wear regulation pinky-beige stockings in the thickest denier possible, they also had a seam up the back. Nothing sexy about them, they were foul. I am talking the early 1960's.
      One of these days I must take the time to photograph Louth properly!

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  3. I too thought it was a vintage photo of those twins and I wasn't as savvy as Galant above to figure it wasn't. Great sleuthing!
    Sounds like a fun place to visit. Too bad you didn't have time to linger and take photos from this trip.

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    1. Hello Marcia, We often have to run a few errands in Louth, so there will be a chance for me to take some photos before too long. There are no really big shops but there are plenty of smaller independent ones. We like the place.

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  4. The last photo of the road is beautiful, deserves a frame. You live in a great part of the countryside. Louth is a place I could live in especially as you say it is so small, with so many markets. I presume the round orange vegetavles in the market photo are some sort of pumpkin or squash. They look too good to leave.

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    1. Hello Linda, We love that stretch of road - in fact I took that particular photograph for an elderly friend who wanted to paint it, but she wasn't fit enough to be taken out there. The photograph did the job, she was delighted.
      Beautiful pumpkins, don't you just love that colour!

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  5. That mom won't be accused of dressing her kids funny like I am. My children tend to forget that they were stubborn and always dressed themselves. I love markets and have enjoyed the one in the area we now live in. I would love to visit yours. The long and winding road...beautiful.

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    1. Hello Deb, Don't feel guilty! I had three who were just like yours - strong, independent, free thinking...okay, stubborn! They all turned out alright, just like yours!

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  6. Oh, you actually saw the beautiful people, from "Remembering The Old Ways"!!!!

    Like everything else she does, the way the twins dress, is a beautiful anomaly, in today's world. And I love it, that they do it.

    I love it, that somewhere, bows are still kept, in little girl's hair. As I did, with my daughter, and with the grand daughter, I took "free nana day care" of. I used to tell grand, that bows in hair, were my "pay" for taking care of her, while mommy/daddy worked. :-))))

    You will notice, that not many pics are shown, of her older children, the ones still at home. So I doubt she can keep the older ones, as "perfect" as the twins. But again, I am so very happy, that somewhere... Some Mom is doing this. :-)))))))))

    What a lovely place to visit, if even for an hour.

    Luna Crone

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    1. Hello Luna, Even a snatched hour in Louth is fun, we often go there as it is only about 15 miles away.
      The little girls looked really smart, a real credit to their parents. I confess that I do hope they occasionally run around, climb trees, get a little muddy and have fun like regular children.
      The photographs on Remembering The Old Ways are beautiful. One could spend an hour or two just looking through them, enjoying the nostalgia. Good to know it made you happy!

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  7. "Remembering the old ways" Instagram...

    "Remembering the old ways" blog

    IG of the Mama of one of her grandchildren...

    In case your readers would like to peek in, for themselves.

    Luna Crone

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  8. Btw, those are click-able links above... Even though they don't show up, in a different color...

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  9. Louth looks like a pretty market town for galloping around., so glad you had photos from previous visits when you could saunter around at a more relaxed pace!

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    1. Hello Christine, It's just as well I wear flat shoes these days, I wouldn't have been able to reach a gallop otherwise! I'll buy the parking ticket myself next time. ;)

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  10. Such a lovely town! And I know exactly about the photo as I follow the blog, Remembering The Old Ways. How fun to see these adorable little twins! I'd love to visit this market town. Pat

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    1. Hello Pat, I'm sure you would love looking around Louth, lots of old buildings and narrow alleyways. The twins are very cute indeed! I'm just glad my brain was able to process the information and come up with the correct answer as to who they were.

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  11. Louth looks like a very pretty town and the drive home idyllic. Hope you're feeling more yourself for a more peaceful stroll on your next visit :)

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