Whilst a list of places to visit and local eating places is very useful, there’s nothing quite so descriptive as a map. Whereabouts is that recommended pub and how long might it take to get there? What happens if your dog is taken ill; where is the nearest vets? Well hopefully all these questions will be answered by looking at the maps I’ve created. [Read more…]
Normal For Norfolk – The TV Show
Just repeated this week and next, late night on BBC2, the show follows the trials and tribulation of gentleman farmer Desmond in trying to keep his 17th century family home afloat.
It’s an insight into life in renovating holiday homes, running a cafe, a fruit farm, country pursuits and lots more. Each episode covers a season, so we follow a year in the life of Desmond, his 99 year old mother Chloe and his two children in the ups and downs of trying to make a living from the estate.
Where did the term come from used as the title for the series? “Normal for Norfolk” is a phrase used to describe someone who is seen as so ridiculous they could only have been born as a result of the “inbreeding” supposedly commonly found in Norfolk! This can range from the unusual local pronunciations and dialect, but also applies to the many silly accidents in the region.
Apparently, the term was first used by the staff at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, in relation to the number of accidents caused by the sheer stupidity of locals. People who move to Norfolk from outside the region quickly pick it up and use it as a derogatory term. Norfolk folk on the other hand use it affectionately to describe their own quirks. It is more likely to be associated with rural Norfolk folk than the Norwich city folk!
For those of us that travel in and out of the region on holiday, it can only be an affectionate term. There’s something about the slower pace of life, the friendliness of the locals and the individual shops and cafes than make it such a great place to holiday.
You’ll find Desmond and his family at Wiveton Hall on the North Norfolk Coast just after Cley-next-the-sea, about an hour or less on a pleasant drive from any of our properties. Spend a few hours there, walking around the walled garden, picking your own strawberries or raspberries, shopping at the farm and gift shop and finally stopping off at the cafe. Meander home along the coast road and perhaps pick up some fish and chips from my favourite local, Bacton fish and chips for your supper. 🙂
If you missed it then the episodes are available on You Tube here:
Had you ever heard of a Star Party? Does it give you visions of a mass of celebrities gathered in a club somewhere, or perhaps little girls dressed up in pretty dresses waving magic wands? Well until last week I’d never heard of one either, but it turns out it’s all about looking at and celebrating the amazing night skies.
Here in Norfolk we are truly spoiled with our big blue skies in the day and at night, well, you’ll easily get a crick in your neck when you look up and realise just how full our sky is of stars and other twinkly galaxies! Just drive into the countryside a little, perhaps combine it with a trip to a rural pub, as we did last week, visiting the Bannigham Crown (more of that in another blog) and stand and stare. We’ve recently been treated to a dazzling display of the Northern Lights as the Aurora Borealis painted the night sky over Norfolk. The phenomenon occurs when electrically-charged particles from the Sun enter the Earth’s atmosphere. [Read more…]
Now I know a lot of you out there have a furry member or two in your family, so I’ve had a wander around and found some great dog friendly blogs or sites that I want to share with you.
A North Norfolk based one is called The Barking Bugle and its byline is the only online newspaper written for dogs by dogs! It’s got lots of tourist information, a page dedicated to local events called What’s On and you can even share a photo of your pooch on there. My only request is that if you do, share it with us first. 😉 We have a guest dog gallery just waiting for your photos to be added. [Read more…]
I just had to share this great new video, produced by Visit Norfolk, that sums up everything I love about this beautiful county. The closing remark – “You’ve got everything you could possibly want here, a week isn’t long enough to come to Norfolk” So true! [Read more…]