Water Voles

The Norfolk Rivers Trust held a public meeting in The Barn yesterday. We were informed that restoration work on the river has been postponed until the Autumn because the charming little Water Voles are breeding much earlier than usual. Photo taken by local photographer Nick Ford http://www.nickpix.co.uk


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Nar Valley Way - the start

A perfect morning to begin walking the Nar Valley Way. Started at Gressenhall and finished at Castle Acre. Lovely walk which took 4 hours and 10 minutes and in spite of the name, we saw very little of the River Nar.
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Open Gardens

Nothing beats the NGS yellow book for good garden visiting but I have just found this informative website www.opengardens.co.uk/‎ which is a national directory of group garden openings.
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Castle Acre Gardens open


Several gardens in Castle Acre including Tudor Lodgings are opening on Sunday 13th July 2014. People will be able to visit the historic sites, enjoy a rare opportunity to visit a variety of gardens and eat glorious home-made teas.


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Swan upmanship

Birds come and go; buzzards, ducks, herons, and kingfishers, to name but a few. This morning it was a surprise to find this guy:
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NGS 2014

This sunny morning I went to the launch of The National Gardens Scheme's (www.ngs.org.uk) booklet for Norfolk Gardens open in 2014. Last year the Norfolk Branch raised a record £85,000 for the following charities: Macmillan Cancer support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Help The Hospices, Carers Trust, Queen's Nursing Institute and Parkinson's Uk.
It is not only such fun to visit these varied and charming gardens, and an interesting way to explore the county, but also a very good way to support such a brilliant charity.




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Self-Catering

Some guests enjoyed a New Year break:


"We had a brilliant stay in The Barn..warm and cosy but atmospheric and a beautiful conversion of a really lovely old building! We took the 2 dogs who enjoyed wonderful walks locally including round the Priory. So many places to walk and explore and we left a number undone so will definitely be going back. It was great to be able to come and go as we pleased but our hosts were very obliging and helpful with all our questions. The little garden was perfect for the dogs to go out even though the weather was against us. Excellent!"
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Hooray for Houghton

The last day of Houghton Revisited and we would like to thank not only the Marquis of Cholmondeley for  arranging and putting on this stunning exhibition but also the marvellous volunteers for their enthusiasm and guidance. We also thank Houghton for their  website which had an excellent accommodation list which provided information to visitors from afar and provided business to local establishments throughout Norfolk.





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Swan Lake

Saw a thrilling performance of Mathew Bourne's Swan Lake last night at the Theatre Royal Norwich. So original and entertaining, we loved it.


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Bookless


Following on from my last blog re the non event of St. Jude,  I can report that the storm had an affect on the recent book launch of Simon Thurley's The Building of England held in the town hall at Kings Lynn (surely the most stunning of town halls in the country). It was the first book launch that I have attended where there were actually no books. This, it was revealed was not due to a mishap by the publisher or indeed the author, but to St Jude. The books, printed in China were on their way to this country when they met the storm which blew all the containers into the sea, the bottom of which they  are now lying.


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St Jude

St. Jude seemed to pass us by without any damage however this morning was a chilly start with a big frost. My lovely weekend guests wrote 'Thank you for a wonderful stay.  I JUST LOVE YOUR HOUSE!!!!!
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Sawday meeting

I cycled over to Litcham yesterday to attend a meeting specially held for Sawday B & B owners. There was a delightful variety of the entrepreneur and the old fossil, which Toby Sawday handled expertly. It was a very useful afternoon which ended with a delicious tea provided by our delightful hosts and I felt privileged to be part of such a trusty and British organisation.


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