Hollyhocks growing side by side

If I wore a fur coat all year round I would do this on warm summer days….

It’s cool, it’s muddy and I love it

This dog was called Holly and she worried her owners by not getting out of this muddy puddle.

‘Holly, come on girl’ they called. ‘Come back up here Holly’ they called a little more urgently. ‘Holly are you stuck?’ When the dog didn’t reply the owners stumbled down the bank and through the nettles and reeds in a rescue attempt. I continued to stare. Holly then decided she’d had her fun and staggered out dripping. Everything below her neck was brown but she was grinning. I walked away grinning too.

Saturday 17th July 2021

Walking down to the Quay at Blakeney after parking at the Village Hall

Up in north Norfolk is a village called Blakeney. It’s definitely a place to visit and we do regularly, though it had been well over a year since the last one. Bring family and friends but park at the Village Hall and walk down to the Quay it really does make sense especially on warm summer days. Actually it makes sense on all days – the car park is prone to flooding at high tide.

In front of houses, alongside gateways and walls, down alleys and next to roadsides Hollyhocks bloom here in large numbers. It’s a wonderful picture of cottage gardens at their best and we had timed our visit to perfection.

They don’t need much soil it seems. In fact they seem to prefer it rough and like their own company. So, side by side they reach for the sky and delight visitors.

Side by side they reach for the sky

The cottages here are almost entirely brick and flint stone fronted. Previously lived in by fishermen they are now almost all holiday rentals.

Between the road and the house the Hollyhock grows quite happily
There are only one or two shops – the deli being a favourite
A typical window decoration

We reached the Quay and this is what it looks like at low tide. The temperature was going up and we expected to see scores of children all playing in the water here on our return.

Blakeney Quay at low tide. Looking towards the Blakeney Hotel.
Blakeney Quay – looking in the opposite direction. Children play in the water here all day, these two were joined by at least 30 others by the afternoon!

At the other end of the Quay visitors started to queue for boat trips out to Blakeney Point – to a see a seal colony.

Waiting patiently for the tide – for a boat trip

We headed for a coffee and got the best seats in our opinion. A bit pricey at the Two Magpies but the coffee and Portuguese custard tarts were delicious. It was the first table service we had experienced since before Covid-19.

Best seats in the house at The Two Magpies

We then took a bit more time enjoying Blakeney. Just above from where we had sat the view of the car park on the Quay really comes into view. The tide was coming in by now but the parked cars were safe today!

Looking down over the cafe.
The tide was coming back in

Afterwards we followed the coastal path around to the village of Cley. It’s just under three miles to reach this village – famous for its Mill.

This is how you see it from the coast path. This is where we met Holly the golden retriever.

Cley – so many photos are taken from this spot

It’s a real treat to admire the properties and shops in this small village with its narrow roads.

Cley Smokehouse on the right

Hollyhocks were abundant here to but so were roses.

A typical scene in Cley
The Mill and surrounding buildings are all rented to holidaymakers
It dates back to 1819 and was originally a flour mill

We had our picnic lunch and returned at a sensible pace (taking into consideration the temperature) to Blakeney village.

Once back we had a cool drink and a sit in the shade before driving home. A lovely day.

The following link is to the weekend challenge set by Sue and GC as their Weekly Prompts.


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