Archives for the month of: June, 2013

A low tide adventure.

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So, same route, different tide today. Low tide in Blakeney reveals what lies beneath. A quiet stroll down the Center of the harbour after work makes a great evening dog walk in the warm weather. However, if you are looking for a great run/resistance workout then I recommend a run out and around the sailing buoys.

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This is a great 5k run that will take you along mud, sand and through pools of shallow water for that extra resistance. And you can never forget the wind factor along the coast! It’s a whole body work out, and if you get hot you can always jump in the pools left behind which are at times bath water warm. Just make sure you are sure the tide is out or just before low tide, because they can rush around here.

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High tide adventures.

Yesterday we decided to make the most of a Friday off work and used the morning high tide to make a trip down to Blakeney Point. Rather than hiking, or making use of the many tour boats, we were able to take the kayak at a strategic time. An hour before high tide we set off. The wind and tide against us we slowly made our way down to the point where we were treated to some time with our local seal colony. I was fortunate to get some shots of our new friends.

Please note that these are taken with a zoom and we were never any closer than 5m. We also did not approach the colony on the shore, rather they took an interest and came to us.

We then turned home and with that the tide turned to rush round the point. This time, however, we were aided by the wind which created surges we were able to coast along the top of home.

Stay tuned for a Blakeney low tide adventure.

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So, today being the summer solstice I thought I might post some photies of how the courtyard garden is coming along. While everything is a bit late this year, nothing is diminished, and we are ever that much more grateful. So here is a feast for the eyes, and soul.20130621-152051.jpg

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Whenever I’m taking the train to London from Kings Lynn, I try to allow extra time to stop at Lituanica, a wonderful Eastern European supermarket.  It has an extraordinary range of fresh meat, vegetables, bakery and cakes – as well as jars and frozen food for the store cupboards.

There is Polish heritage in my family, but even without this connection, it makes for a great shopping experience. You’ll find produce you just can’t get in traditional British supermarkets and in a store that is beautifully quiet and clean.

The butchers, fresh bread and cakes are particular highlights. I also use it to stock up on herbal teas – Babcia brand! ‘Babcia’ in Polish is Grandma and it reminds me of my own Babcia, still going strong at nearly 90.  I recommend the Apple Mint and Pear varieties.

The store opened a café recently, complete with exactly the sort of dark wood furniture and floral prints you’ll find in any Eastern European café or household of a certain era.

It would be remiss of me not to mention the value too. Cappuccino and a weighty slice of cake (it is sold by the gram) set me back the princely sum of £2.48. This extends to the shop goods as well – if you’re used to shopping at Tesco, Waitrose, Asda et al, you’ll be blown away by the value here.

Go and buy some random stuff you don’t recognise and enjoy a taste of Eastern Europe in Norfolk!

Sunset at Cley Beach

Sunset at Cley Beach

I was out after dinner for a stroll down the harbour at Blakeney when I noticed the wind, which had been blowing all day from the south west, had dropped to a whisper. The pools of water left in the Cut were almost flat calm.

I hurried back home, grabbed a towel and my bike to pedal down to Cley. I arrived about 15 minutes before sunset, swam East for a while and then turned to swim back towards the setting sun in the West.

We haven’t had a calm evening like that for a long time at Cley; just perfect for swim before bedtime and watching the incredible colours as the sun dipped into the glassy water.

Sundown at Cley Beach

Sundown at Cley Beach

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