Thursday, 31 July 2014

#wedding break

In the middle of this (delightfully busy) week, we took a break and had a day out with Phil and Judy, our future daughter-in-law's parents. We are sharing a cottage together just a couple of miles from the venue, helping Jonny and Adele with their preparations. What a delight and a blessing to be together - heart friends who will soon (very very soon) be family, too.

We went on an expedition to discover the Norfolk Broads.

First stop was Horning, on the river, with an impromptu - and very detailed - tour of an old wherry. Fascinating to think of lives long ago and the joys and hardships of river life.
The Albion, a preserved but still working Norfolk wherry
We thought of hiring a boat but made our way up to Irstead, a lovely country church with a thatched roof. Walking along a boardwalk through a pretty wetland to Barton Broad, where sailing boats of all sizes skimmed back and forth, there were dragonflies, woodpeckers and all kinds of wild flowers and herbs. Beautifully peaceful.
Judy and Phil inside the tiny cabin

Love the Norfolk Tudor architecture!

Near Barton Broad

Irstead church with its thatched roof

Barton Broad

Rural Norfolk yielded a gated level-crossing, where we had to phone for permission to cross and an idyllic lawn by the river, with ducks and geese and canoes and rowing boats and... a veritable Ratty heaven.

Add in a cream tea and good company - a real Day Out...

And I am officially In Love with Norfolk In The Summer. Paradise.

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