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Experience Norfolk takes over the reins…

Experience Norfolk, for visitors and residents alike

Last week, we launched our new Norfolk Natter blog at the Experience Norfolk website. Rather than duplicating content, all our future posts will be published at Experience Norfolk only.

Thank you for visiting the Norfolk Diary blog at this website. We hope you can continue to follow us at our new home with Experience Norfolk.

We’re hoping to blog even more frequently and provide lots more tips and advice for those visiting Norfolk and importantly, those who live here too.

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Blakeney Quay, Norfolk

Blakeney Quay, Norfolk

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Gorgeous Norfolk Sunset

The mix of blue sky and dramatic clouds has provided beautiful sunsets almost every evening for the past few weeks. This one was snapped on my phone at the village of Hunworth on my way home a few days ago.

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Swallowtail Butterfly, Briston

Photographed in my garden (Briston, north Norfolk) this afternoon. This large butterfly was sheltering from the rain on my Fennel foliage and seemed to spread it’s wings out especially for the photograph! Norfolk is well known for this quite rare butterfly.

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Rapeseed lights up the Norfolk landscape

Fields of rapeseed are very dominant at the moment. The recent heavy rains have seen crops flourishing. The bright yellow rapeseed flowers against the dark blue rain clouds creates some beautiful landscape scenery. This is Hunworth near Holt, a location I shot last June also. Back then it was the poppies in force!

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The legend of Poppyland and The Garden of Sleep

Craske's Tower, Poppyland, NorfolkThe writer and journalist, Clement Scott, is generally believed to have first coined the term, ‘Poppyland’ in 1885. Following the arrival of the Great Eastern Railway at Cromer in 1877, Scott made a visit to north Norfolk and strolled from Cromer westwards along the cliff tops.

He eventually ventured beyond Overstrand and discovered a tower overhanging the cliffs, surrounded with graves and poppies. On a beautiful sunny day, the scene must have been extremely picturesque and became the inspiration behind his verse, ‘A Summer Song’.

In the verse Clement refers to the tower and its surroundings as ‘The Garden of Sleep’ in his ‘Poppyland’. And so the legend of Poppyland was born.

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Visiting the seals at Horsey, Norfolk

After gorging on far too much food and drink over Christmas and the New Year we headed to Horsey Gap, half way between Happisburgh and Caister on the Norfolk coastline. It’s always very bracing to walk along the beach and sand dunes. It’s a great way to clear out the holiday cobwebs.

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A visit to the Thursford Collection

Thursford is best known for its famous Christmas Spectacular which I’m yet to visit but is widely hailed as a ‘must do’. It’s always widely praised and highly recommended. So I’m looking forward to experiencing the Christmas show at some point in the future.

I’ve also visited Thursford briefly to take my two girls to see Father Christmas (Santa’s Magical Journey). Families walk through a Winter Wonderland with seasonal scenes and animated characters, ending with a visit to Father Christmas in his grotto, to be rewarded with a present. The queue is quite lengthy but worth it, especially for families with young children. It takes time for Father Christmas to meet all those children!

A couple of months ago we paid a ‘regular’ visit to see the Thursford Collection to enjoy the usual attractions there. We enjoyed our afternoon there. The organs and steam engines are quite spectacular to children who have never seen the like before. A kind gentleman walks from one organ to another, playing a tune on each. The gondola ride is a magnificent experience, as are the carousels.

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Fungi hunting in Norfolk

This is an excellent time of the year for finding weird and wonderful Fungi. The parks and countryside in Norfolk offer lots of opportunities for Fungi hunters. Fungi are an interesting and relatively easy subject to photograph. And at the same time, there’s the opportunity to enjoy some fresh air, exercise and some beautiful golden woodlands.

One of my favourite locations is the woods at Blickling Park, where a huge range of Fungi can be found (if you look hard enough). But be quick. Fungi thrive best when the weather switches between damp and dry conditions. The recent foggy mornings and sunny afternoons have been perfect for Fungi. But as soon as the first Winter frosts arrive, that’s usually calls an end to the season.

Autumn 2011 at Blickling Woods, Norfolk

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Beautiful Autumn sunset – Thursford, 4pm

Photograph taken 10/11/2011 15:57 between Thursford and Melton Constable

The nights are drawing in as Winter approaches…

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