Another windy day…

… Another windy walk. This time to the Bluejacket Workshop Christmas fair in Morston. 

  
We try to go each year as it is a great place to source local craft and browse a selection of antiques.  Here are some of my favourites. 

   
    
   
The whole place was decked out for Christmas and the smell (and taste!) of the complementary mince pies and mulled wine really got us in the holiday spirit. 

   
   
I think it’s time to go get our tree.

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It was windy

In a day of high winds (which have become increasingly common) we decided it was time for a walk. With winds of up 55mph out of the south west we decided to turn right at the end of the driveway and keep them at our back. Such was it that we were literally pushed along the blustery coast path over the marsh to where the Cley Christmas Fair was in progress. The whole village seems to be in the festive spirit.

     
 Needless to say we bought cake and some home made produce. After fortifying ourselves we pressed on east towards Salthouse.

You can just about make out Marek in his shorts with Bonzo.

   
 

The Dun Cow was a welcome sight and we enjoyed a cheeky pub lunch. 

  
Although we had originally planned to take the Coast Hopper home, we felt that we ought to attempt some more walking after our large meal. 

  

Cley had lit up by the time we strolled in. Back over the hill to Blakeney we decided it was time for a fire. Another lovely weekend without getting in the car.

Hygge

The autumn has gone so quickly and today on the last day of November we look to Christmas and the long dark of winter. What is the best way to weather the long nights but take a page from the Scandinavians and drum up some hygge. A combination of the concepts of coziness, togetherness, and well-being, hygge is the key to a joyful winter. So, in honor of this tradition I’ve been working on a Christmas quilt which I’ll share here. It ties together the season of lights, fire, and warmth.  

    
   

Salt Glass Studios

This winter, while on a walk around Burnham Thorpe (home of Admiral Nelson), we discovered Salt Glass Studios. We found the combinations of glassworks and print a beautiful and intriguing combination. We also found out that they do glassworks classes from £20 upwards. 

So, having visitors during some unpleasant weather, we decided to have a go at blowing your own glass spheres. Now this sounded like something I should not be allowed to do but they assured me it was for ages 5 and over so I felt a bit better. 

 

 

  

  

Max Lamb and Dr. Fiona Wilkes run the studio and courses while working on other large projects, including one recently with the Wellcome Trust. They were very friendly, knowledgable, approachable, and patient

 

We had a great time and got a beautiful reminder of the experience to take home with us. 

 

  

  

A trip to Norwich

Norwich is a great city. Where else could a trip for a car service become an adventure in food? Today was a day of exploration and we were not disappointed.

We started our morning by dropping off said car and heading to Strangers coffee shop. The cakes are very good and the barista really knew his stuff. We had a chat about natural processing and how it can infuse the coffee beans with a fruity flavour. The macchiato had strawberry notes to it which was a world away from your average chain. The enthusiasm for his subject was clearly in evidence.

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Lunch brought another discovery at the Iron House. The soup of the day was pulled pork and chorizo with a hunk of home baked bread. Marek chose the pulled pork in a brioche bun with home made coleslaw and fries. After ordering the server walked past with what looked like mouthwatering chunky chips so we had to add that to our order. The result was very satisfying. So much so that I was disappointed to not have any room left for any of the amazing cakes on display.

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Finally we took the scenic route home, going through a new village, Itteringham. Situated on the banks of the River Bure, we were pleasantly surprised to find an interesting looking pub and village shop. As it was tea time we stopped in the Little Village Shop; the “smallest cafe in Norfolk” for a cuppa. Inside were all the basics one could need from a village shop but with a few extras. The cakes were homemade by a lady in the village. The flour for the bread was from the Letheringsett Mill where we buy our flour. Local Norfolk favourites such as Aspalls cider, Norfolk Cordials, and Adnams were also on display. Linocut cards from local/well-known artists and felted crafts covered the walls. We were so pleased to discover this hidden gem to round off our day!

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Coffee restored

Using Sugru to fix the coffee machine
Using Sugru to fix the coffee machine

Disaster. The steam lever on our trusty coffee machine snapped. After a brief realisation that what we’d assumed all these years to be metal was actually plastic, the wider and infinitely less palatable truth dawned: no more morning coffee!

I set to work with an old piece of oak, salvaged from a bed headboard bought for £1 at Fakenham auction, and an amazing fixing putty called Sugru. After cutting, planing, filing and sanding the new lever into the right shape, the Sugru (the red stuff in the photo) is applied as a flexible putty. It is then left overnight and sets rock solid, bonding the wood to the broken plastic.

The new wooden lever is actually easier to control and much more tactile.

Morning coffee restored!