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Day 6 Friday 19th June 2009

June26

Having re-packed my bags the night before, I got up to have my last breakfast in Poppy Cottage. The plan was to spend the day at Sandringham before heading in to Kings Lynn for me to catch the train home in the early evening.

The drive across Norfolk was uneventful although we did get caught behind a ‘Sunday driver’ who was out a couple of days early!  We arrived at Sandringham at about 11.30am and having checked out the gift shop and resaurant for visiting later, we head in to the grounds of the estate to look round the house before having lunch.

Sandringham, Norfolk

Sandringham, Norfolk

It was fascinating to walk through the rooms in the house and hear about the items on display from the very knowledgeable staff. Unlike some stately homes, the rooms that we saw were almost cosy! Even the room that had been used as a ballroom did not feel too large.

We headed back to the restaurant and had an excellent lunch before wandering through the magnificent gardens.

View across the lake at Sandringham, Norfolk

View across the lake at Sandringham, Norfolk

The museum at Sandringham is house in the Stables. It contains an exhibit detailing the history of the house and a collection of vehicles, both full size and child size, that have belonged or been presented to, various members of the Royal Family over the years.

The Museum in The Stables, Sandringham, Norfolk

The Museum in The Stables, Sandringham, Norfolk

As we left the museum, we realised we had enouh time to walk around the lower part of the gardens before making a short visit to the Church on the way back to the car. The interior of the church is dominated by the large silver altar.

Sandringham Parish Church, Norfolk

Sandringham Parish Church, Norfolk

We left Sandringham at about 4.30pm and drove in to Kings Lynn in time for me to catch the 5.36pm train back to Kings Cross. At least going home I didn’t have to get a bus for part of the journey!

Mind you, I wouldn’t recommend trying to take two suitcases on the escalators on the Tube! Apart from that, the journey home was only spoiled by having diet coke spilt on me, but it could have been worse! It could have been a hot drink!

Now I am looking forward to my next break away in September!

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Day 5 Thursday 18th June 2009

June22

The day started out sunny with fluffy white clouds as we headed to Fairhaven Woodland and Water Gardens near South Walsham, Norfolk. It comprises of 131 acres of ancient woodland, water gardens and a private broad.

 We decided to take another boat ride and walked down to the broad where we found the small boat that would give us a 20 minute tour  of the private and adjoining public broad.

Fairhaven boat trip

Fairhaven boat trip

After the boat trip we followed the trails through the woodlands, over bridges  and alongside the water.

Old oak tree at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, Norfolk

Old oak tree at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, Norfolk

We had a cup of tea and a toasted teacake in the cafe before heading back to Poppy Cottage via the supermarket at North Walsham to get ‘supplies’ for the journey home the next day!

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Day 4 Wednesday 17th June

June22

Left the cottage just after 10.00am and headed for Moreston Quay where we had arranged to take a boat trip out to Blakeney Point to see the seals. The start of the trip was delayed waiting for the tide to come in far enough up the creek to float the boats.

  

 

Low tide at Moreston Quay

Low tide at Moreston Quay

 

When we finally headed out it took us about 20 minutes to reach the sandspit  to see the seals and seabirds. The Blakeney Point sandbank has built up over the last 300 years so would not have been there when John Of Gaunt was living down the coast near Mundesley! We did see some seals. A few were out in the water swimming around the boats, while four were basking on the sands. These were Common seals.

Common seals on Blakeney Point

Common seals on Blakeney Point

 

We decided not to get off the boat and walk to the old lifeboat station on the point, instead staying on the boat and going back to have our picnic. After that we got back in the car and headed for Sheringham. We wandered around the shops for a short while before heading for the beach.

Fishing boats at Sheringham

Fishing boats at Sheringham

 

We decided it was time for a cup of tea and found a nice table outside overlooking the sea. Just as we started to enjoy it, the rain came so we packed everything up and headed inside where we consoled ourselves with a cream scone each! As the rain got harder we headed back to the cottage and spent the evening watching dvds.

 

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Day 3 Tuesday 16th June 2009

June22

Woke up to better weather, although it was still cloudy. We left Poppy Cottage at about 10.30am to drive to Aylsham where we were going to join the Bure Valley Narrow Gauge Railway to Wroxham. It is a 9 mile journey and takes about 50 minutes.

Anne by Spitfire, The Bure Valley Railway

Anne by Spitfire, The Bure Valley Railway

On arrival in Wroxham we walked in to the town and visited ‘Roys’ which is advertised as the biggest village store in the world! We sat and had a cup of tea overlooking the river watching the boats before returning to the station to catch the 3.30pm train back to Aylsham. We had a brief look around the town, It didn’t take long!

 

Arrived back at Poppy Cottage and as it was a lovely sunny evening we decided to investigate the field at the bottom of the garden and find the pond that had been mentioned in the guest book.

Poppy

Poppy

It also gave us a good view of John of Gaunt’s House, which was just down the road from Poppy Cottage. John of Gaunt was the fourth son of King Edward III and was born in 1340. Hard to believe this house is over 600 years old!

 

 

 

 

 

John of Gaunts House, Gimingham, Norfolk

John of Gaunt's House, Gimingham, Norfolk

 

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Day 2 Monday 15th June 2009

June22

After a leisurely breakfast we drove in to North Walsham to do a couple of chores and look around the town. Before heading to the supermarket we had an excellent mug of tea in a lovely café that had been recommended by the lady in the craft shop ….. just wish I could remember the name!  

We dropped the shopping off at the cottage and headed for Mundesley where we planned to have our picnic on the beach. Unfortunately the weather decided that was a bad plan so we sat in the car, in the rain, and ate our sandwiches!

 

Deserted beach at Mundesley, Norfolk

Deserted beach at Mundesley, Norfolk

When the rain stopped we took a quick look at the beach but it was too windy to hang around for long. After buying some postcards in the gift shop, we got back in the car and headed south along the coast stopping briefly at Happisburgh and Sea Palling.

Another deserted baech at Sea Palling, Norfolk
Another deserted beach at Sea Palling, Norfolk

We arrived back at the cottage as the rain returned and there were thunderstorms and heavy rain all evening and most of the night.

 

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Day 1 – Sunday 14th June 2009

June21

 

 

Left home at 10.15am to catch the train to London Waterloo. Arrived in London on time and battled the Underground to Kings Cross where I was planning to get a burger for lunch. That plan was dashed when I could only find places to get healthy sandwiches! Decided on a cheese salad sandwich and a mug of tea and then made my way over to the train for the next part of the journey.

 

What was supposed to be a straightforward trip from Kings Cross to Kings Lynn was going to be broken up by a bus journey from Letchworth to Royston, due, of course, to weekend engineering works. Having got to Royston on time, we were a few minutes late leaving for Kings Lynn but the rest of the journey went smoothly. Tony and Maggie were a little late arriving in Kings Lynn so I wandered through to meet them in the High Street.

 

We left Kings Lynn and headed up the coast to Hunstanton. The sun was shining so we decided to walk along the prom after I had eaten a bacon bap and chips…. well the sandwich was ok but not filling enough for a main meal!

 

Groynes at Hunstanton, Norfolk

Groynes at Hunstanton, Norfolk

 

As we walked along the South Prom we watched as the Wash Monster returned to the beach. Apparently this amphibious vehicle takes people out to see seals. I just hope the shark face doesn’t scare them!

 

The Wash Monster, Hunstanton, Norfolk

The Wash Monster, Hunstanton, Norfolk

 

Having walked as far as the North Prom we decided to have an ice cream before walking back to the car. We then left Hunstanton and followed the road around the coast towards Cromer, briefly stopping at Moreston Quay to check the departure point for the seal trip we were planning to take later in the week. We carried on along the coast and after driving through Sheringham we thought it looked interesting enough to revisit.

 

We arrived at Poppy Cottage at about 7.30pm.

 

Poppy Cottage,Gimingham,Norfolk

Poppy Cottage,Gimingham,Norfolk

 

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