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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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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