Sunday, 4 August 2013

Another special stay in Norfolk.

OK - this post starts with a little quiz: (and without 'Google')' does anyone know what a Sitooterie is?
We saw this sign at a recent visit to Blickling Hall in Norfolk
We visited Blickling Hall whilst staying again at our lovely Norfolk bungalow - well with this view from the front garden, the temptation to return for another stay was too irresistible to er, restist! 


One of the great attractions of this part of the world is the huge number of interesting places to visit.
This is the car park to one of a number of fully accessible board walks at the Norfolk Broads.


This is Barton Broad - it is amazing that anyone can get through here let alone Thomas in his chair - fantastic!! 

The route led all the way down to this wonderful platform with plenty of wildlife to see.
One highlight was a kingfisher zooming past right in front of us.

The Broads is a unique area famous for many things; for instance it's where Nelson learned to sail. But it's also the only place in Britain where you can see the beautiful Swallowtail butterfly. Unfortunately there were none on show this time but we did see newly hatched caterpillars on this Milk Parsley. This plant is a rare relative of Cow Parsley and is the only food-plant of Swallowtail larvae.

Another favourite part of Norfolk is this idyllic track or 'loke'. This leads from our bungalow and makes a beautiful walk across the fields and woods.




We were treated to some amazing sunsets - I took this shot of the barley growing in the field in front of the bungalow.


If anything, the moon looked even more atmospheric down the loke.


Sunrise was rather beautiful too - can't wait to be back!!

14 comments:

  1. Every picture looks ready to be painted! A truly lovely location!
    I'm happy for all of you,dear Jerry! I wish you many many happy days in these special places!
    (I do not know any sitooterie...)

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    1. Yes Rita, the place provides endless subjects for paintings - I've started one of the reed-beds, distant windmill and church and possibly some Bearded Tits in the foreground all in a scene at Cley Marshes. I'll try to put it up when I've finished it.

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  2. No, I've no idea what that word is! Looks like you are really enjoying your retreat, so worth it when Thomas can enjoy places like that and actually be a part of it. So often chairs cannot get around (even these days where access is looked at more than years ago)...lovely to see you all enjoying Norfolk.

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    1. Thank you Ann, yes every time we go we are getting it more and more suitable for all of us - the excitement this time was that we could use the new ceiling hoist which was wonderful. I promise I'll give the 'Sitooterie' answer soon!

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  3. Wonderful photos Jerry and the view from your front garden is beautiful. So glad you are all enjoying your retreat so much and visiting so many great places.

    Have to admit have never heard of a Sitooterie. Will have to google and find out what it is :)

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    1. Thanks RR - if you haven't looked it up I'll give the answer in my next post.

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  4. Hi Jerry
    Lovely serie from a stunning place
    Greetings from Sweden
    /Ingemar

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    1. Thanks Ingemar, glad you enjoyed the shots.

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  5. Preciosas fotos, Jerry. Me gustan sobre todo las del atardecer (twilight). Leo en la wikipedia que "sitooterie" es un invernadero, no?

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    1. Hi Francesc - I looked at Wikipedia and the Wikipedia description is close to what they mean at Blickling Hall - I'll put it up soon!

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  6. Thanks for sharing Jerry. Great piccies of beautiful scenery.

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  7. Hello Jerry:)
    Please forgive my long absence, but since my return to blogging internet problems have prevented me from visiting.

    So pleased you enjoyed your holiday:) Your colourful photos are stunning, and the sunsets are breathtaking! I especially like the barley silhouette, and the scenes of the orange barley fields. It certainly is a lovely place where you can all enjoy a family holiday together.

    As for the sitooterie, I think it's somewhere you can sit, perhaps in a gazebo or a large greenhouse!!
    Warm regards.

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  8. Hi there, yes your definition of sitooterie is perfect. Hope you have enjoyed the summer so far. We have been back to Norfolk yet again this weekend mainly to meet the builders as they're going to convert the garage into a room for our daughter.

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