During the week workmen from the council turned up and filled all the potholes outside the shop at Limber with tarmac, then tamped it down. Lets hope the holes stay fixed!!
Friday, 29 July 2016
Sunday, 24 July 2016
Sunday, 17 July 2016
Sunday, 3 July 2016
Sunday, 26 June 2016
Sunday, 19 June 2016
Saturday morning on 18th June a car veered off the tricky bends on the A18 as you approach Great Limber from South Humberside airport. It hit a tree, and the police had to cut the roof off to rescue the driver - he went to hospital in the Lincolnshire air ambulance helicopter. We hope he'll get better soon.
On Sunday 19th - the annual Brocklesby show. The wet weather during the previous weeks seems to have abated, and a day of sunshine is just what's needed!
Sunday, 12 June 2016
On Thursday we were asked to help a customer's 90th birthday. Mary's family brought a cake, cards and a balloon, then brought Mary herself later. We were very flattered to be asked to host their celebrations!
On Sunday 12th June we helped celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday - a big tea party for the village was held in Great Limber Village Hall, and there was a thanksgiving service in the Church.
Sunday, 5 June 2016
We'd like to welcome a new chef to the New Inn at Great Limber. We've had a first glance at his new menu, and things look VERY INTERESTING! We'll give the team a few days to settle in properly, then we'll definitely be trying out the new food. Yums!
Sunday, 29 May 2016
We went to a splendid night of Dixieland Jazz at St Bartholomew's Church in Keelby last Friday. The band were called New Orleans Heat, and they certainly had the place rocking. We especially liked the umbrella parade - when the band started that number some of the ladies in the church got out their specially decorated umbrellas and danced in the aisles!
Sunday, 22 May 2016
After 4 years' trouble-free motoring our 22 year old Nissan Micra needed lots of welding for its MOT. We were offered at 16 year old Fiat Seicento with wonderful bodywork and low mileage for a knock-down price instead. But a faulty Engine Control Unit meant the car stalled all the time when the engine was warm. So the Fiat went back for a refund, and we now have a 10 year old Suzuki Alto - a nice car, and, so far, no problems!
Sunday, 15 May 2016
Last weekend we slipped away to see a ballroom dancing show in Leeds - it way Jayne's birthday. The weather was marvellous, and we had a great time.
But there is no pleasure without pain. This week the new car has been stalling when then engine is warm - possibly a faulty ECU. On Friday the washing machine packed up halfway through a wash, and we have had to buy a new one. And our internet speed has come down to almost zero at Limber - we have done speed checks for our provider, and now they are sending an engineer to investigate our connection.
Sunday, 8 May 2016
An old farmer came into the Keelby shop the other day and told us about the "Blackthorn Winter."
He said the old stockmen would never turn their cows out to pasture until after the blackthorn had flowered in the hedge-rows. "There's always a couple of days of sleet and snow at that time - it's called the blackthorn winter." It was certainly true this year!
Sunday, 1 May 2016
We've traded under the Mace symbol at Keelby since 2011. But what is Mace?
The Mace brand began in the early 1960s, and had many owners over the decades. The Mace name in England and Wales passed to the grocery wholesaler Palmer & Harvey when they acquired Booker Wholesale Foods in 1999. The Arberness group held the Mace name in Scotland until it was bought by Somerfields in 2004, and Somerfields sold the brand to Palmer and Harvey in 2005.
In 2014 the Costcutter group joined Palmer and Harvey, and took over the management of the Mace operation.
Mace shops like the one at Keelby are independently owned, but trade under the Mace symbol. In return for guaranteeing at least 75% of the shop's purchases will be made from Palmer & Harvey/Costcutter, the shop is allowed to buy at prices normally only available to large supermarket chains. The wholesaler provides advertising materials, too.
In Southern Ireland, the Mace name is owned by BWG Foods, and is completely independent from the Costcutter/Palmer and Harvey operation. A management buy-out from BWG Foods in 2003 put the Mace shops in Northern Ireland into independent hands, but this operation was bought by the Musgrave group in 2007. Mace in Northern Ireland is completely separate from Costcutter/Palmer & Harvey.
So there it is!
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Sunday, 24 April 2016
Naw then, mi ol' cock-sparras: Oi've dan mi researches, an' wot Oi've fahnd is this: in yer Cockney rhyming slang a "year" is known as a "donkey's", on account of its rhymin' wi' "donkey's ears." Bat yer non-Cockney 'as corrupted this to DONKEYS' YEARS.......
Sunday, 17 April 2016
We have an ex-pat friend living in Texas who asked if we could send him some crisps to remind him of home. But what to put on the customs declaration!
According to the Oxford Dictionaries Blogg, slices of bread or fruit, were known as "chips" in medieval England, but the usage died out. The Americans began making lightly-fried, thinly cut potatoes slices in 1824 in Saratoga Springs, NY, and these became known as Saratoga Chips. Later restaurants invented a deep fried version known as German Fries. At the outbreak of World War I they were renamed French Fries for patriotic reasons.
The British fell in love with deep fried fish and potatoes from 1860, and called them potato chips, like their American cousins. When thinly cut fried potato-slices made their way across the Atlantic in the 1920s they were called potato crisps in the UK to distinguish them from chips.
So "chips" in the UK are "fries" in the US, and "crisps" are "chips" in the US.
Just to confuse things, in the late 20th century deep fried fish and potatoes made their way to North America, and these are now known as "fish and chips"!
Thursday, 14 April 2016
Yesterday a lady in her 60s walked into the shop at Keelby, stared around blankly then asked "Where do I put my coat?"
David on the counter was puzzled: "There isn't really anywhere!" She rolled her coat up and left it on top of the low wooden cupboards in the window. She walked around the shop, then asked "Where can I sit down?" "We don't have any seats here - are you OK?" "Yes," she said, "I've come to get my hair done." "Are you sure you've come to the right place? This is a newsagents shop. The hairdressers are next door!"
The lady apologised and walked out of the door - David had to call her back to give her her coat.
Sunday, 10 April 2016
In the United Kingdom the tax year traditionally ends on the 5th of April each year. But why is this?
In ancient times the Romans regarded April as the first month of the year. Around 700BC they added 3 months to the year, and January became the first month - but the tradition of counting finances from the start of April had been established.
In the Christian era, the custom became to account for the year that ended on Lady's Day, the 25th of March. This carried on throughout the Middle Ages.
In 1752 the UK moved from the Julian to the Gregorian Calendar - this meant the calendar jumped forward by 11 days that year. The tax authorities didn't want to loose 11 days' revenue, so they arranged for the tax year to end on 5th of April. And it remains so to this day.
Tuesday, 5 April 2016
Sunday, 3 April 2016
The name "April" may come from the Latin aperire "to open" - perhaps alluding to leaves and flowers opening. In this month the Chinese Emperors performed a symbolic ploughing ritual to ensure a good harvest later.
Playing tricks on 1st April has a long history, and is mentioned by Chaucer in the Canterbury Tales. It may even date back to the ancient Roman festival of Hilaria.
Wednesday, 30 March 2016
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Hot cross buns are thought to have orginated in St Albans in the 14th century. The local townsfolk had rather fallen out with the abbey, so to ease things over the abbot ordered some special buns should be made to be given out to the poor folk of St Albans on Good Friday.
The idea spread throughout the country. But the St Albans buns, which are still made, have a special secret recipe. See all about it St Albans here!
Monday, 28 March 2016
Sunday, 27 March 2016
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Happy Easter! Over the Easter Weekend 2016 we're inviting you to go on an Easter Egg Hunt. We've hidden a picture of an Easter Egg on one of the pages of our new, MOBILE FRIENDLY website. If you can find and click on it (or tap it if you're on a smartphone) you will win a box of Cadburys Chocolate Fingers! Best of luck!
Friday, 25 March 2016
Thursday, 24 March 2016
We're looking forward to an evening of "horse racing" at Great Limber Village Hall on Friday 22nd of April at 7.00pm. Tickets are £5 including supper, and can be bought in advance from our shops. See the Village Hall facebook page for details
Did you know that the Cadbury Brothers first started making their filled chocolate eggs back in 1923? The egg in its current form was first sold in 1963.
You make an egg in 2 halves - pouring white fondant into a milk chocolate shell and then adding a dash of yellow fondant for the yolk. This is done while the eggs are still warm - you then press the 2 halves together, and as the chocolate cools the 2 halves bond. Clever stuff!
The factory in Bournville near Birmingham makes 1.5 million eggs per day, and January-April around 200 million eggs are sold.
You can visit the Cadbury website by Clicking here
Tuesday, 22 March 2016
Monday, 21 March 2016
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Saturday, 19 March 2016
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Tuesday, 1 March 2016
Sunday, 24 January 2016
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