Category Archives: Norfolk

Weekly Prompts : Magical Place

Sometimes it’s just a matter of standing right under a tree and looking up.

Me with an impressive Beech tree.

Saurday 10th November 2018 : Felbrigg (Felbrigg Hall), North Norfolk

When the leaves start falling from the trees it’s the best time of the year to visit my favourite National Trust Hall and the grounds that surround it.

Yesterday we felt that we had arrived just in the nick of time – the leaves have been falling for a few weeks now.   In sunshine the autumn colour was glorious.  This is Felbrigg Hall at its best – in my opinion anyway.

An avenue of trees

It’s a magical place.

Yesterday in its dreamy golden light we strolled around, had a coffee at the cafe and went through the wood.

As a national trust establishment children are positively encouraged to get close to nature, have fun and build dens.

Build a den?

As for us – we always find that we can loose ourselves by going ‘off trail’ as we take turns with the camera.   And then there’s always a tree to hug – there are plenty to choose from!

I couldn’t hug this tree due to its size but I could sit on it.  This one is actually quite close to the Hall and car park but people passing didn’t seem to give it a second glance.  How old this tree must be, 200 years old maybe? or older….

What a tree

A Sweet Chestnut

I’ve written about Felbrigg before, in a previous post, so it’s definitely no secret as to how much I love this place.  If you’d like to see a photo of the hall please do click on the link to that old post as I didn’t do that this time.

https://itslovelyout.wordpress.com/2016/11/19/felbrigg-hall-in-autumn/

By the way, this is what I was looking at in the first photo.

Looking up

 

Take a look at the trees.

 

Photo Challenge Magical Places

 

 

 

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Cromer to Cley on a warm October day

This surely had to be our last ‘summer’ day we thought.  Better make the most of it, get out and enjoy the sunshine in our shorts.  Would this be the last warm day of 2018?

This is a brief description of our walk with several photos.

Cromer to Cley (pronounced Cly), Saturday 13th October 2018 – 12 miles

We set off walking at 9:40 and, sheltered from the strong southerly wind, strode out on the stoney beach below the sandy cliffs between Cromer and West Runton.

The tide was high and way up the beach in places.  Timing was everything at this point as we skipped around this corner.  Pleased to say we continued with dry feet!

At West Runton beach we approached a tractor about to drag a small fishing boat from the sea.  This is a common procedure in this neck of the woods with an assortment of rusting tractors on the jetty always ready for action.

The fishing is most likely for crab or lobster – though apparently this summer has been tough time for crab fishermen – apparently the warm weather wasn’t good for them.  As we passed by the tractor appeared to get stuck and there was lots of tyre spinning.  We didn’t stop to find out what happened next.

Up on the cliff we headed to Beeston Bump – often mistaken for Norfolks highest point.  The highest point in Norfolk is actually just a little way inland – Beacon Hill. Don’t get too excited though it’s only 338 feet !  Beeston is just a tiny hill but it does make you puff all the same.

Coffee at Sheringham is quite commonplace for us now, when it’s sunny this is the perfect place to stop. Then we were off again passing murals on the sea defences/sea wall and up above the beach to an old fashioned boating lake before the coast watch on a hill alongside the golf course.

Coffee time

Looking back at Sheringham beach at high tide

Usually we would head into Sheringham Park from here but we continued along the coastal path to Weybourne beach, looking for a bench for lunch. The photo below shows just how fragile this coastline is.

We stopped to chat to a Polish guy who had converted his Ford van to a camper parked next to the beach.  We can’t resist but chat to people who have done this to gather ideas for future plans.

 

Checking out the converted van!

Lunch on the beach for us as no bench was found.

Walking again we soon reached ‘the shingle’.  On tiring legs there is nothing quite like the joy of walking on it.  I’m joking of course.  We tried to take our mind off it by admiring the village of Salthouse to our left.

The shingle, unfortunately, goes on and on all the way to Cley beach so we just kept our heads down and crunched our way through it.  Me scampering from side to side looking for a better path, Tim continuing in a straight line. Eventually we made it, and, after emptying our boots we loved the hard surface of the footpath that took us all the way into the village.

Cley mill and village in sight

Here we enjoyed a jolly nice cup of tea with a lovely view over the Cley marsh before catching the coastal hopper bus back to Cromer.

Time for tea

We have stopped here a few times now and would highly recommend this cafe.  Here’s a link to its website.

Artemis Coffee Shop

it was a glorious walk and the buses along the coast here run every half hour.  Give it a try if you are up this way.

A cheeky selfie on the bus

 

Weekly Prompts : Work of art

Creating a work of art…..

Simply sitting at a kitchen table with a drink of squash and taking a few coloured pens or pencils and drawing, for fun.  How often do we get the opportunity?

Here Tim and I are enjoying a couple of hours with Tims sister and brother-in-law – each of us with a mindfulness colouring book, transported back to our childhood when we truly thought we were creating works of art.

Tims sister has MS so doing something like this means that we can all do something together comfortably. For all of us it was relaxing and fun and I can thoroughly recommend giving it a go.

Photo Challenge Work of Art

Stepping back in time : The 1940s in Sheringham

Time for something a little bit different.

The seaside town of Sheringham has been hosting a 1940s weekend for several years. It seems to have kept the feel of that era in its buildings and railway.

Launched as a ‘wartime on the railways’ day in 2003, the forties weekend started life as a celebration of the role the railways played in the Second World War, from transporting troops, to taking more than three million evacuees to their temporary homes.  It now sees a huge influx of re-enactors, which may see silly but actually it’s keeping history alive.

We have of course included the town on many of our walks including this one :- https://itslovelyout.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/twixt-pine-and-sea/

In the above linked post you can see a photo of the steam train pulling away from Sheringham and making its way to Weybourne.

This time Tim and I decided to drift through yesterday to see get a flavour of this festival.  Camera in hand we stepped into the day of our grandparents and parents. Into every film based in this era, including all those black and white war movies.   This what we saw …..

Shame about the red plastic chairs!

Behave yourselves

There were several evacuees but I felt this little boy walking away was the better photo

One pram had a dog, the other a real life baby!

Can I sell you a watch

F.F.I (French forces of the interior) – known as the resistance

Looking out for enemy aircraft

WordPress Challenge : Awakening

Awakening

Well it’s taking a long time. Warm spring sunshine has been delayed for a few weeks by fog, mist and rain this year.  Here on the east coast of the U.K. it seems to have lingered on and on.  Or, has it been the same in other parts of the country? Oh how we love to talk about the weather…..

So, this has been a bit of a challenge – to find something that seems to be waking up.  However, we have an old Rhodededrum in our garden that flowers early (for Rhodededrums) in a beautiful deep red.  It’s display is big and flamboyant.  Here there are buds that are preparing to open….

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And here is one that seems to be just ahead of all the rest….it seems to have timed it to perfection with the sun finally making an appearance this afternoon.

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Spring in the air : Overstrand to Cromer Pier

Sat on the pier eating chips in the warm sunshine. What a treat!

Saturday 17th February 2018

This Saturday we walked from Overstrand to Cromer and back. A short walk for us at only 4 miles in total. This gave us a bit of time to enjoy a coffee at the start and then a picnic on the pier at Cromer.

After being back at work for a week since returning from a week away in The Lake District we were keen to stretch our legs. But not too much!

Overstrand is a village that grew with the fishing industry.  It became popular as a beach holiday destination and many large houses were built by well to do folk at the end of the 19th century but remained a village in size. Now holidaymakers can still enjoy the beach, sea and cliff top views.

We were able to park on the side of the road for free.  There is a smallish car park right on the cliff and I imagine in the summer it might be a busy place.

For some reason we have never started a walk from or to Overstrand and we were pleasantly surprised with what we found.  Our first stop was The Cliff Top Cafe.

In a perfect spot it’s obviously doing really well with plenty of seating inside, round the side outside (where we sat) and more outside seating at the front. It was spotlessly clean and the menu boards looked inviting.  Mind you we thought the price of two smallish cups of Latte Coffee expensive at £2.75 each.

Cliff Top Cafe, Overstrand

Off we went to Cromer along the cliff top coastal path.  The fishing trade has declined over the years but certainly hasn’t disappeared as can be seen in the photo below.  Piles of lobster pots….

On our way to Cromer.

Loved the name of this trader….next time we visit we will give it a try.  It’s on our bucket list !  It’s in the car park if anyone is interested.

This van was parked in the car park. It must do a roaring trade in the summer.

Cromer Pier in the distance from the path….though it seems more than just two miles away.  The cliffs here are about 250 feet high.

A surprising number of ups and downs (not too steep) then you skirt the golf course and get glimpses of Cromer Lighthouse.  This is the Royal Cromer Golf Club and looked very nice – not that I’m an expert on golf courses…

The path joins a golfers walkway for a short distance

Before you know it you reach the outskirts of Cromer itself and the path drops into the town.

Cromer with its Pier

We picked up a portion of chips from No.1 for £1.45 to share and quick marched to the pier.  Here we sat and ate our lunch – the chips were yummy.  Lots and lots of people were out & about, some sat on the beach enjoying the sunshine.

We walked to the end of the Pier – just to the right is the Pavillion Theatre and behind me is the Cromer Lifeboat Station.  The lifeboats exit the station via a slipway at the at the end of the pier.  It has a long and heroic history.  The most famous lifeboatman being Henry Blogg – a brave man indeed.

From the end of the pier

Hero of Cromer

We headed back along the Promenade and up onto the cliff path.

Last look back

 

Back in Overstrand the Bucket List van was just closing.  Short opening hours at this time of the year.

We strolled along a street called The Londs.  Cottages with Flint stone frontages and cute front gardens and a tall building that I assumed was once an old lighthouse but have found out that it was actually a clock tower.

Overstrand in the afternoon sunshine

It looked like the perfect advert for a holiday in Norfolk.  We will be back.

 

WordPress Challenge : Silence

Silence

I thought long and hard about this photo challenge.

There’s been so many beautifully quiet places we’ve been to and stopped at on our hikes or travels.   Hill tops or mountains covered in snow with all sounds muffled.

So I could have searched for a snowy shot but instead went for a photo I took only yesterday.  This one taken in our home county of Norfolk which is currently ‘snow free’ and many miles away from any mountain!

The remains of Honing Station, Norfolk

Only the platforms and the tiled footings of a small building on either side remain.  It’s actually closer to the small village of Briggate but this is all that is left of Honing Station.

Imagine the steam trains coming through, the whistles blowing, the travellers arriving or departing. “ALL ABOARD”

Today its a quiet place.

Wikipedia say this :

The Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway ran through the parish, part of a line that linked Great Yarmouth to Sutton Bridge via Stalham, North Walsham, Aylsham, Melton Constable, Fakenham and King’s Lynn. It opened in stages between 1865 and 1933. The line closed in 1959, although some sections survive and are now part of the Weaver’s Way footpath. Other remnants of the line that can still be seen in the parish are a cast iron, steel and brick railway bridge of 1881 on the Dilham road south of the village. At Briggate there are still the disused platforms of Honing Station.

Here is the above mentioned iron railway bridge a little way along from the platforms.