Friday, 29 April 2016

A Walk in Duck Wood

Decided on a walk in Duck Wood this afternoon - just 12 minutes drive away. It's Bluebell time but they had bloomed for a while so were beginning to 'go over'.

Duck Wood is just part of an ancient group of woods dating back to The Middle Ages
This group of woodlands also includes wild flower meadows which are worth a visit in the Summer months

The reason that there are so many extremely old trees that have been well managed and coppiced 

The woods are managed to attract wild life

and rare flowers - I need to find out what this pretty white and pale yellow flower is

there are quite a number of dew ponds

then, we were strolling along this path when we heard thunder overhead, so rushed back to the car and within a couple of minutes this was the scene!

snow and hail stones - back at home 10 minutes later the sky was blue and the sun was shining!

Monday, 25 April 2016

I Have Not Dropped Off The Face of the Earth!

I am still here but realise that another month has gone by since my last post.
All sorts of reasons.
The inertia of dealing with some difficult life situations. I am not ill and my family are fine (in case you are wondering). Of course as each year passes I am aware that I do not have the energy that I once had which I find difficult to accept.
Decorating has been on the menu too and that's not finished!

We have had, and are continuing to have, so much rain this Winter/Spring with garden flooding which has slowed down the re-modelling of the garden,  but I am still in the process of cutting back, digging out (husband and son helping with the latter) in order to make the garden more manageable for the future. 
There will be more mowing of course with all the extra turfing.
I am actually enjoying the more open space and was not sure that I would after having so many beds in the garden.

I have continued to have computer problems but am now, from last week, the owner of a new desktop model. My Laptop (which I really don't need these days with an i-pad and smart phone) has just about given up the ghost. 

The Grandchildren are growing up - Rebekah has just turned 7 and had an interesting birthday party. They had just returned from holiday the night before and Bekah had to go to her Gymnastics class in the afternoon so my daughter Jane decided on a  theme that would be fun and keep the children occupied.

After a disco time, they prepared their own party food!

Simple Pizzas

then decorated their own cakes and cookies

The birthday girl

Grandma and Granddad got to go to Gymnastics too then back at the house watched a display of Bekah on her new (birthday present) balancing board

I'll finish with my latest cookies which are so 'melt in the mouth' delicious with crunchy butterscotch pieces


Saturday, 26 March 2016

Polkerris Cove for Sale, Cornwall

I cut this item out of my newspaper last year as we had visited there not too long before

It caught my eye because this stunning Cornish cove, complete with a water sports centre, cafe, shop and quay, was on the market for the same price as a central London parking space! It was on sale for 
£250,000 as a business with 8 years on the lease
a parking space in a car park in Prince's Gate, near Hyde Park, London
would cost the same!

The cove overlooks St. Austell bay

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Wymondham, Norfolk, Part 2

In winding up my current postings on Norfolk and the second part of Wymondham I'll begin with the Abbey

Wymondham Abbey is the town's Parish Church
It is called and Abbey as the present church was once attached to a monastery founded in 1107 byWilliam d'Aubigny, the royal butler.
The east end of the church (now ruined) was where the monks worshipped.

Some of the restoration work currently taking place   

It is partly in ruins because in 1538 King Henry VIII
closed the monastery. The monk's church and living quarters were gradually dismantled and the materials sold off.  

Certainly a work in progress
The central nave still has it's original round Norman arches built of stone from Caen in France.
During the 1400s the roof was raised and the north aisle rebuilt and enlarged. The bell towers were re-built with one at the east (for the monks) and one at the west for the parish. 
The great organ was installed in 1793
and the gilded screen behind the main alter was added in the last century as a memorial to the people killed in the Great War of 1914-18.

It was Harvest time when we were there. Not something you see much of these days

Now onto something very different

The historic railway station, no longer in use was built in 1845 on the Norwich to Ely line. The station and it's section once employed over 100 staff,
providing a frequent rail link with Norwich, London, Cambridge, the Midlands and the North West.
The award winning station has now been restored and it's buildings house a restaurant and tea room. 

Interesting how it has been fitted out as a reminder of the trains of bygone days

There is of course a modern railway line now close to here.
Well we did not stop to snack as we had quite a long and steep walk back to the market place and preferred to wait until

we arrived back at the Market Place

where we sat outside at the Mad Hatters Tea Shop
before resuming our journey home.
Hard to think now that this was back in October when it was sunny and warm for the time of year.
Since then we have experienced the wettest Winter on record.
At least we can be thankful that we did not experience the devastating flooding that parts of the country did.