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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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Here in black and white!

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This little zebra is about 30cms tall and was a request by a friend for her new niece. The fabric already had the zebra stripes  which helped! I think he turned out ok and I am hoping his new owner will like him too!

Zebra

Zebra

The Blue Bear and the Dragon!

May21

This little bear was the result of a request. The request was for anything to do with blue sparkly bears and this is what I came up with! She is made of polyester satin and is wearing a crocheted boa, butterfly wings and an organza and tulle skirt. Her home is now in New Zealand!

The Blue Sparkly Bear!

The Blue Sparkly Bear!

This dragon was also a request and now lives in Scotland. He is made from silver imitation snake skin and blue imitation suede. It was a bit of a challenge to get him balanced so that he would stand independently but he does!
The Silver Dragon

The Silver Dragon

Stuff I have made!

April27

This is where I will show off my successful creations!

I enjoy making things with fabric ….. toys, clothes and anything else I get asked to make the family for birthdays and Christmas, including a custom made cover for a caravan tow hook!

I have been making soft toys since 1975 when I made my first jointed teddy bears for a college project. Since then I have made bears of all sizes, from 2 to 48 inches tall.

Sometimes they start out as one thing and end up as another……….

Meet the Loinbear!

Lionbear

Lionbear

 

Definitely one of a kind and he has gone to a good home!

More recently, I have started using crochet to make toys. This Bunny in a dress was the first one I completed.

Bunny in a dress

Bunny in a dress

 

The Bunny was followed by a Squirrel!

Squirrel

Squirrel

 My current project is a secret at the moment! As soon as the recipient has possession though pictures will be posted!

Thought for the Day!

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What day is it?

What day is it?

 

My brother told me he thought I would have put a lot of stuff on here by now!  Hi Keith!  Another post just for you!

Probably the best photos I have taken so far!

April16

These two photos were taken in September 2003 when I was lucky enough to visit the Queen Charlotte Islands, off the coast of British Columbia.

Driftwood in Queen Charlotte City

Driftwood in Queen Charlotte City

I don’t think I have ever seen anywhere so calm!

Still waters in the Queen Charlotte Islands

Still waters in the Queen Charlotte Islands

Welcome to my little corner of the www.!

April11

This little corner of the www is where I hope to throw random musings, clever creations and interesting articles and other stuff I like!

I can’t guarantee to update regularly but I will try!

Thanks for visiting!!

This is a test to see how to insert a video!

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