I am back from a lovely holiday on the North Norfolk coast at Blakeney. We went away on Friday May 10th and stayed over night at my favourite hotel (The White Hart) in my home city of Lincoln. I have put a photograph on for you to admire the wonderful Minster which stands on top of the only hill for miles around in what is essentially a very flat county. We had a pleasant stay there over night, having called to see old friends on the way down - friends I had not seen for fifty years!
Then on the Saturday morning we went on to Blakeney - an interesting place where the sea has receded over the years, so that now it is separated from the sea by a vast salt marsh area covered in marsh grass and alive with birds - particularly Brent geese.
We stayed at The Blakeney Hotel and had a room on the top floor, with a balcony overlooking the marsh. What we found fascinating was the way the tide came in so fast up the creek. One minute there would be hardly any water there and five minutes later the water would be racing in. To non-sea side dwellers like the farmer and I the sea is an endless source of fascination.
When we arrived the day was almost over and the tide was in. I have put on a couple of photographs taken from the balcony in front of our room. Had the weather been really inclement the whole week, I could have sat and watched the scene out of the window without moving far, other than for the hotel's delicious food.
As it was we seem to have fared better than most areas of the British Isles in that, although it has been quite chilly, it has been dry and we have not had to resort to rain wear or brollies.
Next morming we stopped to look at Blakeney church - it has the most beautifully carved pews and lectern and really interesting stained glass windows. Then we drove along the coast road through Salthouse and I could not resist stopping to photograph these ducklings on the side of the road.
Which brings me neatly to my next point - the hen pheasant who seemed to be sitting on eggs in our front garden when we went away has produced at least twelve chicks which we keep catching sight of in various areas of the garden. As everything has grown up well in the week we have been away she has plenty of cover for the chicks. I will try to get a photograph for you if I can. Meanwhile - back to the washing and ironing.
But if you ever want to trip down to Norfolk I can really recommend
The Blakeney Hotel - beautiful bedrooms with lovely views, friendly staff, gorgeous food (both the farmer and I have gained three pounds and are now on a strict diet to get it removed.)