Wet n windy but beautiful Norfolk

Whit week and a week in a converted railway carriage in North Norfolk.

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A wonderful railway experience and so much attention to detail. The carriage was wonderful. Theresa even a soundtrack to greet us of steam trains….. Rosie went with us and as always behaved impeccably.
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When we got there it was sunny and warm so we walked the half mile to the long strand of beach.

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The weather was grim though and on the first day I had to visit charity shops to find a fleece to wear.
During the week we enjoyed meals at the next door pub and a couple of trips here and there. There was a magical mystery drive around around the small villages around Sandringham and inland from Hunstanton. Nice countryside. The weather might have been poor but the landscape still beautiful. We visited Dersingham to see their Open Garden Day. I bought myself some good binoculars from a specialist shop. A good shopping experience – the guy was helpful and knew how to sell me what I wanted.
We got blown about on the beach at Wells next the Sea and retreated to the pine woods behind the beach for a walk.

One day we had a really good lunch at the Kings Head in Blakeney. Best pub I have been in for a long time!
A pano shot of Hector quayside at Blakeney
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A delightful (tho v cold and windy) visit to RSPB Titchwell. We saw lots of avocets (a first for me in the wild), reed warblers (what a beautiful chirrup they have), cuckoo, coots and shelducks, loads of gulls and terns and marsh harrier (another first). It’s a fantastic place. The fen area is full of marsh orchids. Then on to Morston Quay for my seal viewing boat trip to Blakeney Point. Rather bouncy in the boat and splashy. Saw greys and common seals all curious and active except for those lolling! like overfed Romans after a feast, on the shore sandbars and beach. Such a nature filled day has left me calm and happy.

Later that day Hector waited patiently in the car with Rosie while I took one of the seal watching boat trips out from Morston Wharf. It was a bit choppy and drizzly but a real pleasure to be out on the water and to be so close to the seals – both Common and Greys. Lots of oyster catchers too, and terns.
One thing that we noticed about Norfolk – no cyclists wear a helmet. Lots of people on bikes, none in helmets.

Two Hectors in another of my pano shots – in the pine woods at Wells
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Windswept and interesting at Wells.
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Rhododendron lined woodland roads at Wolferton Nr Sandringham. A little treasure discovery. All the roads around Sandringham were lined with purple rhododendrons.

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We gave up and came home a day early because the weather just did not improve and came home to glorious weather.

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A few details of a couple of little churches we visited in Norfolk. Recently discovered medieval murals were lovely. The words on some of the old gravestones were so sad. One family had lost all their children either in the week before their 2nd birthday or when they were 7. Two in one week….

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