This year The National Garden Scheme celebrate ninety years of opening gardens to raise funds for nursing charities such as Macmillan, Marie Curie and Hospice Uk. I am off to the first of ninety gardens that I plan to visit throughout 2017. Robinson College, Cambridge is open today and tomorrow.







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St. Georges day and we have a very jolly Quartet of Bishops attending breakfast today.
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Castle Acre Nature Note

An Eagle Owl is the latest resident to the village of Castle Acre. Bubo can be recognised by her deep wooing and is sighted perched in pine trees and on television aerials. Have not spotted her flying yet but with such a wingspan it must be quite a sight.

Just waiting for  Nick (nickpix) to snap up this one.

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20 Tudor Walks

The "20 Tudor Walks" which appeared in The Times Saturday January 31st, included King's Lynn and Blickling, both not far from Tudor Lodgings Bed and Breakfast. Bring your copy of Wolf Hall and enjoy the Tudor experience!
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NGS 2015 Booklet - Gardens Open For Charity

National Garden Scheme Norfolk 2015 Booklet has now been printed. It contains so many lovely gardens to visit starting next month with the wonderful Bagthorpe Hall, situated nearby, which is open for the stunning snowdrops.
National Garden Scheme




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Dibley

Alas we no longer have faithful Dibley with us,  she so loved to start the day with a Swaffham Sizzler and loved life until she was 16.   This weekend we have had visitors from Lancashire and Warwickshire who have enjoyed beautiful days, crisp frost, sunshine and snowdrops.

Dibley sunbathing in the Knot garden
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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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