November update

So why no blog since August? Dare I say, the usual excuse, just too busy!
Thrilled to have had all my guests over the past months but glad the Bed & Breakfast season is calming down. Very pleased self-catering visitors are still enjoying the autumnal delights of Castle Acre.
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August update

July has flown buy and I can't believe it is August already. Lots of lovely guests and we have been very busy in the garden. We opened our garden with 9 others in the village and 420 people came, walked, admired, bought plants, ate delicious teas and in spite of an hour of heavy rain, we raised £3,000 for village charities.
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Breakfast - what's that then?

So thrilled to receive a recent review on Trip Advisor from, I presume, someone walking the Peddars Way and Coastal footpath who claimed 'and the best breakfast of the week was here'. 

So what exactly is the Best Breakfast?

Freshly squeezed orange juice (never the bought stuff),
Fruit that is available and prepared for eating.
Yoghurts and cereals out of packets (so that you know what they really are). 
Newly laid eggs, bacon that tastes and the famous Swaffham Sizzler, both from the Butcher, mushrooms and Norfolk grown tomatoes. 
Good sliced toast, proper tea and freshly ground Colombian coffee.
And Quiet .................

"And now leave me in peace for a bit! I don't want to answer a string of questions while I am eating. I want to think!"
"Good Heavens!" said Pippin "At breakfast?"
(J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring)



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Bride

The wedding season is upon us and this weekend's Bride left in style.






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Nar Valley Way

We completed walking the Nar Valley Way, setting off at 7am from Castle Acre towards Kings Lynn and finishing for a welcome drink at the Bank House in Kings Lynn just after 12.30. This stretch of the walk stays pretty well most of the time close to the river and the area between Castle Acre and Narborough is lovely. However, the most beautiful part of the river lies below our house at Castle Acre,  where the river meanders across Minns Meadow, across the ford and skirts around the Priory, but sadly this stretch is left out and walkers are diverted through the village.
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HikeHelp

A friendly guy knocked on my door today and introduced himself and business called HikeHelp. This is a Baggage Transfer Service which  lightens your load when walking either the Peddars Way or Coastal path. Such a good idea why not check it out.


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Snowdrop Walk

This week I started on the Snowdrop Walk. This is a five year project  creating a snowdrop walk along the floor of the 'Dyke Hills', the old town defences, which runs along the south and west side of Tudor Lodgings finishing at the church. Kindly gardeners and landowners have donated snowdrops which I divide and plant. The intention is to Open for charity but nothing to show for my hard work yet. It is a real labour of love as I have to also clear the elder, nettles and various bits of debris from this ancient site.

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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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