Sunday, 1 September 2013

SUMMER'S END..........

Hello there! I seem to have been absent without leave over the last couple of weeks. Sorry! I have been out and about with family and friends, making the most of the beautiful sunny weather and of the beautiful area in which I live. Norfolk is seen by many as a rural backwater, with no motorway and seemingly, far away from the rest of civilisation.

This however is far from the truth. The rail link to London is less than 2 hours, we have a fine city and are spoilt for beautiful beaches, stunning countryside, a wealth of wildlife and big, blue, endless skies. Can you tell that I love where I live?

We love nothing better, than a trip around the North Norfolk coastline, usually stopping off at our favourite beach, Holkham. There's a delightful little tea shop attached to Holkham Hall, that offers the most delicious sausage baguettes and dogs are welcome, both inside and in the pretty garden.

We also stop off at Blakeney, where little sailing boats bob up and down and children dangle their legs over the edge of the promenade, hoping to catch a crab or two.

 It's such a pretty, unspoilt area.

We had little Sophie staying with us for a few days and made the most of another lovely attraction, Banham Zoo. It's only a 40 minute drive out of Norwich and well worth a visit. All the animals are clean, well looked after and appear happy. It makes a grand day out. Certainly Sophie thought so!

We have also had fun with a rather different bunch of apes, scattered around our city over the last few weeks. They are the 'Go Go Gorillas'; 54 adult and 67 baby gorillas forming a delightful art trail around the city. Needless to say, we took Sophie. She was a little uncertain at first, deeming their faces, 'a little bit scary!' However, once  she had spotted the gorilla decorated with teapots and sporting bright red lipstick, all was well.

So, as you can see, there has been very little 'work' done, of the knitty kind! Never mind, there'll be plenty of  time when the cold, dark evenings come upon us. For now, let's just enjoy the great outdoors and make the most of our beautiful surroundings. I'll leave you a few more shots of Holkham Beach.

Moody, magical and always stunning!


bellaboo said...

Gorgeous pics! and all so familiar.
Looking forward to moving up there in the not too distant future.

Bellaboo X

Helsie said...

Looks lovely and as we have not spent any time along England's east coast it is on our list for when we visit next. Your photos are a great incentive.

kate said...

Thank you for sharing so much of your beautiful area, Ros! And I love the gorillas - Victoria here on the island has done something similar, with bears and with whales. Enjoy these final days!

Wyatt said...

We always love your get-a-way photos. It's almost like being there, thanks for sharing!

Wyatt's mom

josiekitten said...

How lovely for you to have some 'Sophie-time'!! Can't believe the holidays are over. I am savouring every minute of today!!

Mitch and Molly said...

What gorgeous pictures! I love the one of Sophie milking the cow ♥

Tracy said...

Summer is meant for taking time and savoring every drop... Glad you've been doing just that, Ros! this has been great to see... And Oscar too! :o) ((HUGS))

melissa said...

thank you for sharing your beautiful country with us! it all looks so beautiful!
but oh that shaggy donkey stole the show! he's just so darned cute!
glad you're getting to enjoy family and fun in your last days of summer holiday!