9 Sep 2012

Nothing but Blue Skies

Well, haven't we been lucky - the weather decided to be kind to us for our September break.  As usual we went to North Norfolk - as regular readers will know - this is my favourite holiday destination.  We kept our fingers crossed and prayed the good weather would hold - and it did.  Every waking hour was spent out of doors - walking, eating and relaxing.
The cottage we stay in is in the old part of Wells-next-the sea in a street that used to be the centre.

 All the houses have plaques on them to show what they used to be before the centre of Wells changed and all the shops and businesses located nearer to the quay.  All the holidaymakers  gradually drift towards the quay to consume their fish and chips sitting on the sea wall and the children spend hours trying to catch crabs on bits of bacon.  There is a large wooden ship permanently anchored there called the Albatross which has 'live music' and produces Dutch pancakes for those who want to eat looking out to sea.  On the first evening we sat on the ship drinking warm beer and watching the tide come in - it was warm and balmy and the sky was lavender-coloured.

When the tide goes out the quay area is so picturesque with all the boats glistening in the evening sun, and if you fancy a stroll, then there is the coastal path with conveniently placed benches to stop and take in the view.

We visited all our favourite haunts
walking on the board walk at Holme-next-sea behind the sand dunes where rabbits proliferate and the buckthorn is full of berries.

A bird-watching trip to the RSPB Titchwell Reserve where they have opened up new 'trails' that lead into the reed beds where we saw Bearded Tits (a rare sighting for us) flitting through the bullrushes.

Lunch at the White Horse at Brancaster where I had a delicious Norfolk-style BLT sandwich using tomato jam, egg mayonnaise and crispy bacon.

On another day lunch at the Red Lion in Stiffkey where I had an excellent crab salad

and the beloved had Sea Bream with salad Nicoise

The beach at Wells is vast with a row of beach huts and pine woods behind

We usually walk in the pine woods collecting pine cones which are excellent for starting fires in the log burner come winter.
I'll save the rest of the holiday for another post as this is getting rather lengthy but it will include a new walk we found to a 'hide' on stilts where you could see for miles, a visit to a beautiful walled garden and a surprise
we found when we stopped on the journey home.


  1. It looks wonderful. I love the street where you stay, so quaint looking, and a lovely idea with the plaques. The photos of the boats look dreamy. So pleased that you got some lovely weather too, it could have been so different in the year we've had.

  2. How wonderful to wake up every morning in your cottage on that interesting street and be able to walk down to the beach and take those wonderful evening strolls with the added bonus of good food and lovely weather. Perfect:)

  3. It looks and sounds that you had a most enjoyable week with really great weather.
    It would be my idea of a perfect holiday that's for sure.
    Lucky you seeing some some Bearded tits, a bird that I've never seen.
    Flighty xx

  4. Lovely post Elaine and gorgeous pictures that were not Pinterest much nicer glad you had a nice holiday we know Wells well having spent many holidays in North Norfolk ourselves we did consider moving there at one stage, look forward to the next episode

  5. I had no idea Wells was so beautiful. Your pictures are fantastic. Huge skies! And you were so lucky with the weather. Raining (again!) down here in the West Country now. Looking forward to Part 2..

  6. It looks just as I remember it, just divine. Your photos are lovely and bring fond memories of times spent on that coastline many years ago when our children were younger. Look forward to seeing more.
    Patricia x

  7. You were so lucky with the weather and your photos are beautiful. I especially enjoyed the foodie ones...! Jx


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