Well none of us like to see unused shops no matter where we live in the country, but we do like to see these shops brought back to life. Cue Happy Paws Dog Grooming has arrived in the village of Bacton. Yay! It takes over the old newsagent and mini market, but fear not, there was already a much bigger and better one in the village aka Bacton Superstores, so the village is still well catered for food, drink, your daily newspaper and 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:
Drum roll please……! It’s been five years, yes five years, since the first guests arrived at Beachscape, having booked direct with myself rather than through Hoseasons and the park management team. I wasn’t sure it would be a success; that I would be able to deal with all the minutiae of managing and marketing the property, but five years on, I think it’s safe to say I’ve got the hang of it!
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…]
Born and raised in Herts, a leafy commuter belt county with a dad that worked in the big city, London. Holidays were always self catering in the UK; we ventured some years to places such as the Lake District, Scotland, Wales and overseas to……the Isle of Wight! Most years though, we went to Norfolk, and more specifically Bacton, in Norfolk. The first members of my family to visit were my grandparents, so we are now on generation number four and have clocked up well over 70 years of visits! [Read more…]