Monday, 15 September 2014

It’s Good To Be Back …

You would think that going on holiday would be a restful experience wouldn’t you?  Well, I am living proof that it is very tiring.  The weather was so lovely that we got up at ‘the crack of sparrows’ to make the most of each sun-filled day.  Visiting much-loved places, walking, walking, walking – my poor feet.  Such a good week – but now we’re back home – the washing machine has been going non-stop and the garden badly needs attention.

My neighbour managed to keep the greenhouse going but the rest of it – containers, hanging baskets etc. look the worse for wear – she did her best I am sure – but at least I can start thinking about a good clear up now and bulb planting can begin in earnest.

What a jam-packed week we had.  The sun shone all day every day.  We walked on coastal paths, through woods, across heath land, sandy beaches, pebbley beaches,  discovered places we hadn’t visited before, saw  lots of wild life, people swimming in the sea, high tides, super moons –  ate delicious sea food and drank crisp white wines and local beers – visited nature reserves – in fact, we had a ball.  This post is going to be photo heavy – s0 I’ll let the pictures tell the story.

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Lagoon at Titchwell Bird Reserve

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Today it is raining – so that’s my plans for a full days gardening scuppered – guess I’ll just have to  take it slow, get into gear and ease myself back into the old routine  – it’s good to be back – I need the rest!

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  1. Welcome home Elaine,

    You may be tired but your trip sounds amazing. Indeed the images show that. Aren't we lucky to have such beautiful places on this tiny island we call home.

    I love the shepherds hut........I could almost live in one :)
    We have many in this area but sadly they have been left to rot, or fall down (brick built ) So sad.

    Thank you for sharing your holiday with us.....put your feet up and relax :)

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    1. Thanks Cheryl. N. Norfolk is certainly full of variety trouble is when you only go for a week there is so much to cram in - we aren't ones for just sitting on the beach, lovely though they are.

      I agree about the shepherds huts the old ones are lovely - if you buy one new they cost a fortune - oh well, we can but dream eh!

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  2. Don't we live in a beautiful country. Lovely to see another portion of it through your eyes.

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    1. Yes we do Lucille - it is always good to visit somewhere that is totally different to where you live.

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  3. Hello Elaine!!! I love this blog layout, by the way. Is it new or is it just my imagination? :-)

    Thank you for taking us along with you on this holiday :-)

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    1. Thank you. You actually said the same thing last time you commented Keith (I think a bit of senility is settling in). lol. I have changed it fairly recently. Glad you enjoyed the pictures.

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  4. Sounds like you had an amazing time, albeit tiring.. Lovely photos, thanks for sharing.

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    1. It was really enjoyable Julie - the good weather helped.

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  5. You had a wonderful holiday. Part of what I love about England is the antiquity of the countryside. Most of ours is gone, here inColorado, at least. I continue to dream about walking the English countryside. So glad that you shared your photos. And I need to tell you how much I love the colors of your blog.

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    1. The countryside on that part of the coast is out of this world - I love it. I always think of you when I am taking photos I know how much you love England. And thanks for mentioning the blog colours - they are my favourites.

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  6. Welcome Home! So many beautiful photos, I can see that I will have to spend some time on this post! The photos are stunning and glad you had some time for 'tea drinking'! xx

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    1. Thanks Diane. Yes, tea drinking is always high on my list of priorities ha!

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  7. Goodness that week went by quickly.
    It's good to see that you enjoyed yourselves making the best of the good weather.
    What a wonderful selection of enjoyable, and interesting, pictures.
    Flighty xx

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    1. It did seem to go by quickly - no sooner had we unpacked than it was time to come home again - if it had been raining all week I would probably have felt differently.

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  8. Busy time. It all looks wonderful. Those blackberries are superb.

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    1. Yes, definitely busy but very enjoyable. The hedgerows were full of blackberries - so tempting.

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  9. Glad you're home safely. I find traveling tiring too! We left Nantucket Saturday morning and I'm still driving! Hope to get home by this afternoon! Love the birds/fowl photos!

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    1. Goodness that's a long journey Jayne. I'm not a very good traveller I must admit - but worth it in the end.

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  10. I'm a recent convert to Norfolk, Elaine. I spent a few days outside Burnham Market in a cousin's house last summer but sadly didn't have time this year. Sounds like my kind of week. And great ruff photo! Dave

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    1. We often visit Burnham Market - lovely place - shame about the tourists, all the cars spoil the look of the place. Husband took the bird photos - practising with his new camera with a long lens - my little point and shoot wouldn't have got anywhere near them.

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  11. Welcome home! The photos look lovely, Elaine. I especially love the one of the tea. I always need to rest up after I'm home from holiday; nice to know I'm not the only one! xxx

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    1. The trouble is Isabelle when you get home tired after a journey then you have to start unpacking etc. that's the worst part for me. Not that I'm moaning of course.

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    1. Thanks Sue - I took well over a hundred but I think it would have been a bit over the top to show them all. lol.

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  13. Oh Elaine - just breathtaking photos...you have such a way with the camera. Loved the one of Flint Cottage . Our berries are done until next year. It is hickory nut time now. So glad to have you back. Take care and have a delightful rest while it rains...I would relax and sip some tea!!

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    1. Dear Debbie - thank you for your kind comment. Glad you enjoyed the photos. The cottage was actually made out of flint pebbles or stones as are most of the houses in Norfolk, it is a natural resource that they make good use of. The hedgerows are full of berries at the moment I have been busy picking and freezing them, so plump and juicy - yum! I didn't really have time to relax but I did take things slowly and managed to get a bit done outside too - oh and plenty of tea was made to keep me going.

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  14. Welcome home, your images are so wonderful it almost feels as if I am away too! Love the bird and sea images especially.You were so lucky with the weather! Sarah x

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    1. Thank you Sarah. Yes we were so lucky and took full advantage of it.

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  15. Welcome back. Lovely photos of your time away - the weather was kind to you. Our gardening was cut short by rain today, too so we went and bought some spring bulbs to plant later:)

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    1. It is nice to go away but coming home is good too. After a very heavy mist this morning it has turned out to be wonderfully sunny this afternoon. Bulb planting is definitely on the agenda.

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  16. What lovely photos. Lots of great wildlife and scenery. Glad you had a good time.

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  17. Oh wow! What delightful pics, all lovely, especially the heron and that fab studio! It sounds like you had an absolute ball, you must have lost a stone with all that walking, my type of holiday for sure. What fantastic weather you had and fancy seeing people swimming in the sea in Sept!
    Good luck with the washing and sorting the garden.....have a rest first. Lovely to have you back.xxx

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    1. I am on my fourth wash load that is the only drawback with coming back.

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  18. Oh sounds as if you had a brilliant time Elaine in a beautiful part of the country. I've sometimes come back from a holiday feeling that my feet haven't touched the ground and that what I need is a good rest. Hope that you soon catch breath and recover :)

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    1. What I like about it is that you don't have to go far to see so many different things - I love it inland as well as the coastline - we always manage to find somewhere different each time we go.

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  19. I need to go there! So much beauty at every single turn! The flowers and the sea! Your photographs are amazing Elaine!!! And I saw that little potting shed up there....was that a shop??? So many treasures!! I am so glad that the weather was lovely for you both! And I am with you traveling does make you tired!!! Glad you soaked up so much beauty! Life is good! Take care friend and welcome home! Nicole xoxo

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    1. Yes - the little she'd is a sort of annexe to the main shop which is full of wonderful goodies from the 50's and 60's. That part of the coast is wonderful for exploring and so different from where live,

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  20. It's no wonder you are tired, you packed so much into a week, but the pictures are amazing. It's not a part of the country I know at all. I think it's time that changed.

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    1. I like the flatness of it - it makes walking for me so much easier - a week is long enough though - I don't like being away from home for too long.

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  21. Hello Elaine,

    Norfolk is just so full of wonderful possibilities that we are not at all surprised that you arrived back home exhausted. Your photographic journal is so attractive, you clearly had a marvellous time and certainly strayed off the beaten track.

    This is such a pretty part of the country and made more perfect by the wonderful weather. How lucky you were. We remember very fondly our forays into this neck of the woods, Blickling Hall remains a firm favourite with us.

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    1. It is a few years since we visited Blickling - Holkham Hall was on our doorstep but we rarely go there either - stately homes aren't my thing I'm afraid.

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  22. Thanks for sharing your wonderful holiday - I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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    1. Thanks Susan - that's nice to know.

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  23. What wonderful photos from one of my favourite parts of the world. Glad you had a lovely time, hope you've recovered now!

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    1. I agree with you - I never tire of it. Yes thanks I've recovered but have been working non-stop in the garden since our return - perfect weather for it.

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  24. What a trip, and your photos almost make me want to hop on a plane and visit.

    Jen

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    1. Ha! I'm sure you wouldn't be disappointed.

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  25. Good to have you back Elaine, but I won't keep you....There's work to be done :)

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