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Contents

August/September 2022

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ABOUT

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Good news from our region

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Time and Tide arrives in Norwich

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Local walk to Howe from Brooke

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Art - colour and composition from James Mayhew

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HOME 21

GARDEN

Recipe for Yotam Ottolenghi’s pappardelle with rose harissa, black olives and capers

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Recipe for cherry raspberry almond cake

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Canine communications with Julia Collins

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Garden Jottings from The Garden Enclosure

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Greenfingers with Alan Titchmarsh

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WIN £100 M&S Voucher

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Seasonal food - 6 delicious courgette recipes

Nature - take up the tree challenge with Norfolk Wildlife Trust

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Memories of Frenze & Thelveton

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Fashion - the 80s revival

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NEW: Five minutes with …. Ben Langley

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Book reviews - fiction for summer

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Village Notice Board

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Fashion - beachwear to be seen in this summer

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Money on my mind with Martin Lewis

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Poetry Corner – Kirsty Laifa from Diss

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Falcon Meadow art competition winners

HEALTH, STYLE, FASHION & BEAUTY 71

Health - top tips to cope with stress and anxiety

JOBS, MONEY

BUSINESS

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Finance – the wellbeing benefits of smart retirement planning

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Finance – buying an investment property

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Find a local business or service in our directory

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Exercise your brain cells with our crossword

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’m writing this piece on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, with the sun shining and everyone’s energy on the up! At the same time we’ve been working on a piece to promote the charity calendar 2023 created by our local history expert, Dennis Cross. Time certainly flies, doesn’t it The calendar features old postcards from many of the villages that we deliver to, so plenty of fascinating history for you to enjoy. Raising funds for the wonderful Norfolk charity Big C, and priced at only , do hope many of you will be able to support this great cause and have a whole year’s worth of local history to look at. We L V everything local, as you all know Get your baking pinny on and try the Pennoyer Centre’s Cherry Raspberry Almond Cake, which scored with all their tasters. That’s one ’ll definitely be baking this summer, especially as it can easily be adapted to gluten free. We know that hundreds of our readers always bake our cake recipes, so could invite you to post a photo of this creation on nstagram and tag us so we can share @vpmagazine As well as our regular Find Bella the Beagle competition to win a M S voucher, we are also promoting Norfolk Gin’s local refill service by giving away bottles of their delicious gin. Plus, we have pairs of tickets to give away to see the hilarious Ben Langley Show in Bungay. See inside for all the details. We have over ama ing new local businesses o ering you

their products and services for the first time in this issue, so make sure you read the maga ine from cover to cover and support everything local. And finally, just to let you know that our circulation has increased by another , , taking us up to , country homes receiving the region’s largest circulating maga ine directly to their door. njoy Stay safe in the sun until next time.

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GOOD NEWS FROM OUR REGION: Even more at home

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shopping experience by creating a place to relax with a drink and snack or meal, because there is just so much to see in our superstore. Customers can explore the showroom at their own pace, take a break and stay for the afternoon or longer, without feeling the need to rush. ohn Doe occup pies their own , ft superstore, and the family run business, founded in , caters for all home needs under one roof, including flooring, beds, sofas, furniture, curtains and more.

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orfolk Gin has come up with a novel idea to slash waste and allow fans of their wonderful tipple to refill their empty bottles at specific locations around the county – and save money too! onathan Redding, Norfolk Gin Director, says People have been asking us if they can refill our bottles, so we went about finding a solution. Reno Wines in Wymondham was the first place we worked with for refills, and it was so successful that we have added

several other places in Norfolk, plus others in London and Somerset. So when your Norfolk Gin is gone, you can take your bottle to one of the nine refill stations around the county, where you can get your bottle refilled and save as well. There is no need to wash the bottle out first, just refit the stopper and drop in. These stores also stock lots of other fine produce and will be pleased to see you. Local locations are arrolds and Harper Wells in Norwich,

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Brutal, ferocious and tender

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orfolk art gallery, The Corn Hall, welcomes the powerful and emotive world of Portuguese artist Paula Rego, in a rare regional exhibition. Paula Rego – ‘The Dog will have his Day’ is a survey of Rego’s etchings and lithographs,

and will be on from 24 September to 5 November. Arguably one of the most important figurative artists of her generation, Rego died this une. Her art explores themes of rebellion, sexuality, power and grief, often

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through female protagonists, revolutionising the way women are represented. Born in Lisbon, Paula Rego often refers to traditional Portuguese folktales and her Portuguese childhood. Her work is filled with


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taboo busting messages, always allowing room for the unexpected. Rego fre uently describes her work as ferocious and tender, innocent on first look, but look closer and there is a brutal twist. The Tate gallery’s major retrospective of Paula Rego’s work last year confirmed her position as one of the most important post war uropean artists and emphasised the role of socio political in art, including a selection of her

etchings and lithographs. The Corn Hall, in Diss, is delighted to expand on this important aspect of her work by exhibiting a survey of her etchings from her famous Nursery Rhymes, prints, the renowned ane yre suite of lithographs and preparatory studies. Curator David Case commented was very fortunate to work with Paula for many years while a director of Marlborough Fine Art in London, so it s very pleasing to see such an important exhibition at the Corn Hall. n the opening day there

will be a screening of the much acclaimed and intimate film, directed by her son, Nick Willing Secrets and Stories’ a vivid and frank account of Paula Rego’s personal life and career, from her childhood in Portugal to current international status.

The Corn Hall would like to thank Nick Willing and Cristea Roberts Gallery for making the exhibition possible. thecornhall.co.uk

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Walking for Health Howe from Brooke REVIEWED BY DOUGIE DINGWALL VOLUNTEER CO-ORDINATOR AT CENTRAL NORFOLK WELLBEING WALKS Route by Angela Tregear and Ruth Burn Route checked and photography by Dougie Dingwall

Directions 01. Turn left out of the village hall car park and walk along the pavement to cross the B road using the island. Continue past the garage, then turn right at the crossroads into High Green. Using the pavement when available, continue through the village, taking care at the bend by the derestricted sign. 02. Turn right at the track (Howards Lane) with a fingerpost after Wood Farm House. Continue straight ahead where a track goes to the right, and walk through the woods. This is deeply rutted and parts can be very muddy (wood anemones March/April, bluebells May). Turn right, then left at the end of the wood (marker post); continue past a concrete/earth bridge to the right, then follow the path to the left and turn right after a single tree to the right. 03. Turn left at a marker post and walk across the field towards another marker post (Howe church can be seen in this direction when leaves are not on the trees). Pass through a hedge and walk along a path, initially between the hedge and a fence, and then over grass to reach the road. (Howe Green). Turn left to walk past Howe church on your right, then continue through the village to pass a telephone box on your left. Turn right onto a path with fingerpost immediately before Backwood Lane on your left. 04. Continue along the fieldside path, through a rambler’s gate and then cross a plank bridge with care to reach Dove Lane. Turn right beside a marker post and walk along Dove Lane, crossing Howe Lane to continue on the track. Keep right at a junction of paths and then turn right into Sewell’s Lane after passing a house with metal gates to your left. Continue along this narrow road, past The Rosary and the Natatorium, and cross Howe Lane to continue on a track.

Starting Point: Brooke Village Hall rear car park, Norwich Road Brooke NR15 1AB Grid Reference: OS Map 237 285992 Walk Length 4.4 Miles / 7 KM 16

05. Turn left at the single tree, then follow the track round to the right. Very soon, at a concrete/earth bridge on your left, cross to walk straight across a field; leaving through a hedge to walk on a fieldside path with a hedge to your left. Continue along the path, now between hedges, to reach the B road. Cross the road using the island to the right and turn right to walk to the village hall.


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ART

A master of colour and composition

Award-winning Suffolk author, illustrator and artist, James Mayhew, investigates inspiring art in the region

James Mayhew

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hey say you should never meet your heroes, in case they disappoint! But when it comes to Dom Theobald, I needn’t have worried. It would be hard to find a more affable, warm and approachable person. ’d been aware of Dom’s work for some time, commanding attention wherever ’d seen it, so it was an enormous pleasure to visit him at his studio, hidden away like a forgotten chapter of The Secret Garden behind the magnificent Ditchingham House. Dom lived in an apartment in the house until recently, but maintains his barn like studio there. Abstract paintings are hung from the rafters, glowing luminously on the walls and spilling their colour out into the landscape; walls and tables are crammed full of e uipment. Print making tools, paints, brushes, and an enormous printing press stands in the midst of this cacophony of creativity. Dom’s paintings are often huge and the textures are as important as the images themselves. There’s a joy in the physical process and the physicality of the materials he uses. His old etching plates are objects of beauty, full of texture, 18

form and interest. Among many etchings, a cat motif reappears. There’s an angular dog too, which Dom laughingly refers to as a kind of self portrait. Born in Surrey and brought up in London, Dom describes himself as, Not good at school, not academic but always drawing. He left school unsure what to do with himself, and initially got a job, keeping his interests in art alive with evening classes. But in his mid twenties he was finally persuaded to apply to Camberwell School of Art for a foundation course, and then on to Norwich School of Art, where artist and tutor Derrick Greaves’ poetic and carefully considered image making proved to be an important influence. This was followed by two years at the Slade, where he studied printmaking. ver since then, painting (in oils and acrylic), and printmaking

(etching) have been joint passions. was especially interested to talk to Dom about the journey from observational, representational drawing, to abstraction. Dom’s paintings are extraordinary in their balance, the space between things as important as the components of the images. There is clarity, yet ambiguity. t is considered, thoughtful work. Where does it begin tend to see drawing as a finding of shapes, a finding of forms, a way of discovering the world, explains Dom. nevitably, as an artist, you have a kind of filtration system’. For me, abstraction became a process of filtering out a whole lot of stu didn’t want, and simplifying the pictorial space. While Dom tries to avoid obvious symbolism, he recognises that viewers inevitably project their own thoughts and interpretations onto his work.


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Dom finds forms and inspiration in all kinds of places. ne painting is made up of se uences of random iconography seen on a trip to Coney sland, New ork, which explains the giddy, almost cartoonish colours and shapes. A trip to Florence also made a huge impression, the clarity and organised space of early talian painting, and the dominating boldness of icons, taught him much. Music is also a huge inspiration colours matching sounds like a kind of synaesthesia. Dom cites Miles Davis as a favourite, and throughout his work there is a sense of harmony, or discord, in the juxtaposition of colours. Recently, he has sensed his work is changing, a result of many years in the bucolic countryside of the Waveney Valley. utside his studio, in the sunshine, are some work

in progress landscapes. The audacious colours and powerful forms make them instantly recognisable as Dom’s work. et they are also representational; hori ons, skies in fantastical colours, organic forms like a split willow on a river bank, wrought in decoration and pattern. They da le and surprise, humming with colour and life. There’s a battle going on, says Dom cheerfully. Forms are trying to surface. Some paintings happen uickly, others take time and build up in layers. Sometimes he will return to a painting years after an initial phase. His current landscapes are already two years old, and ’m impatient to see how they end up. suspect they will be very special indeed, but ’ll have to wait. As Dom says think, for me, the best paintings are not entirely planned.

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otam Ottolenghi s appardelle with ose Harissa, Black Olives and Capers

INGREDIENTS 2 tbsp of olive oil 1 large onion, thinly sliced (220g) 3 tbsp Rose Harissa 400g cherry tomatoes, halved

Serves 4 find there is no better dish to eat in the summer evenings than pasta. Al fresco, with the late sunshine and a glass of red or white wine, struggle to think of a better combination with which to while away those elongated evenings.

Pappare’ means to gobble up’, in talian, which is the destiny of this dish. like it spicy, but the uantity of harissa can easily be reduced. Make the sauce three days ahead if you like and keep in the fridge until needed.

55g pitted Kalamata olives, torn in half 20g baby capers 500g dried pappardelle pasta (or another wide, flat pasta) 15g parsley, roughly chopped 120g Greek-style yoghurt salt

METHOD 1. Put the oil into a large saut pan, for which you have a lid, and place on a medium high heat. nce hot, add the onion and fry for minutes, stirring every once in a while, until soft and caramelised. 2. Add the Rose Harissa, tomatoes, olives, capers and / teaspoon of salt and continue to fry for minutes, stirring fre uently, until the tomatoes

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3. nce boiling, reduce the heat to medium low, cover the pan and simmer for minutes. Remove the lid and continue to cook for minutes until the sauce is thick and rich. Stir in g of the parsley and set aside. 4. Meanwhile, fill a large pot with plenty of salted water and

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INGREDIENTS Cake: 225g butter, softened 225g caster sugar 4 eggs 175g self-raising flour 125g ground almonds 3-4 drops almond extract 175g amaretti biscuits 125g frozen raspberries 125g frozen pitted cherries A good handful (about 75g) flaked almonds To serve: Clotted cream or crème fraiche Fresh raspberries or pitted cherries

METHOD 1. Grease and line a cm springform tin. Preheat the oven to C (fan)/ C (regular). Put the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, ground almonds and almond extract in a large bowl and beat with an electric whisk until everything is combined. 2. Spread half the mixture across the base of the lined tin, then crumble half the amaretti biscuits over the top. Dot with half the

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ncreasingly it seems to be à la mode to put clothes on our dogs. I am certainly guilty. It began with a zip-up fleece for chilly walks, progressing to a duvet-style ‘turn-out’ rug for seriously wintry weather. Before spring arrived we were sporting a onesie! n fact, of the latter, we possess two. Following messy, cold morning walks we can peel out of one, have a uick paw wash and slide e ortlessly into onesie number two, ready for a day’s

gardening. Snug, windproof, and ideal for sitting on damp grass, especially as either add the fleece underneath or the duvet on top have long wondered about the wisdom, or kindness, of taking a dog from a centrally heated home out into the cold weather. specially when we humans get all togged up in coat, hat, scarf, gloves, etc. fully comprehend how kennelled dogs of old would have stupendous coats and thermostats to match, enabling them to cope, but when you’ve been sno oo ing in your fleecy bed one minute and expected to face bleak open fields the next, to me a coat of some sort maakes perfect sense. An nother reason is the dreaded clean up. Not possessing a sluice down area, for us this has to take place on the paving outside the front door. We all know the horrible feeliing of a bree e on wet skin. Well, imagine that am mplified on a cold day when n you have four legs to wash, pluss bits of tummy ou see where the onesie is coming from. Now wadays my pooch watches th hrough the French doors from m the comfort of the hall, whille the onesie receives the clean up that was formerly

his fate. n addition, less warm water and towels are needed. That has got to be a plus. t can be draughty around the Barn. bought him a sweater, and this mustard yellow number proved terrifically dashing, so much so that a navy polo followed closely on its heels. Handy too, when rain makes the temperature plummet and nights aren’t so balmy. ust like horses’ rugs, the variety of coats for dogs seems as limitless as the occasions we can dream up for their use. tell myself that practicality is the watchword. We dress for purpose here not appearances, although those bandanas can look very cool perhaps if we received one as a present Parle Vous P CH articles are also available on the racle, an audio information maga ine for visually impaired listeners, which is part of Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspapers. To access all the Talking Newspaper recordings, go to www.watn.org.uk

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need to re compost, add fertiliser, or simply switch to a di erent soil type. ou should also steer clear of what call the bullies’ apanese knotweed and Russian vine are particularly unruly and will literally undermine not just your flowers, but nearby buildings too And the same goes for our animal friends. Sure, we may like to see a hedgehog, bird life, even the odd fox, but the best gardens are those that manage to protect the food supply present My final piece of advice is to try to spread the love around your garden. Few of us have an endless budget with which to run riot in our green spaces, and it’s better to do a little at a time across the board than blow it all in one part of the garden, leaving the rest of it looking forlorn and bereft.

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Show me the lolly Top and tail baby courgettes and cut into e ual lollipop pieces. Make a sauce with lemon est and juice, oregano, chilli, honey, oil, black pepper and salt. Pour half over the courgettes and marinate for at least hours. Barbecue the lollipops on skewers until grid ddle marks appear, and a serve with h the remainin ng sauce for dippin ng.

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emories of ren e Thelveton Local historian, Dennis Cross from Diss, shares with us his fascinating collection of old postcards, focusing on a different village in every issue. This time, we take a walk down memory lane in Frenze and Thelveton.

 The Staffordshire Yeomanry was stationed at

Frenze during WW1, where they trained before shipping off to France. Here they can be seen in early 1914 with their horses, in a picture taken by official war photographer Ernest Abraham.

 Seen here in 1911, St Andrews Church, Frenze, is

situated in beautiful surroundings and excellent for brass rubbings.

rly 1914 rl 1914 – soldierss from ffrom the Staffordshire  Early

Yeomanry butchering meat for the troops in Frenze.

 Frenze Hall is situated opposite the church,

and was owned at the time of this 1912 postcard by farmer Arthur Gaze. The population was 49.

The Eli Elizabethan b th mansion nsii Thelveton Thell t n Hall, Th H ll in i  Th

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 Pictured in 1911, this splendid house, called The Grange, was owned by Horace Willam Lascelles. Below right: Taken in the late 1920s, this photograph shows the school house, which was built by Mr T Mann for 48 pupils. The school is now a private house.  Thelveton School, around 1927/28. Dennis Cross went to school with many of the children of these pupils!

Back row l-r: Margaret Kent, Peter Potter, Will Kent, John Moore, Charlie Ruddock, Miss Meadows. 2nd row l-r: Mrs Smith (headmistress)), Joan Sneesby, Sybil Lawrence, Bert Saunders, Frank Coulson, Freda Kerry, Violet Lawrence, Kath Emptage, Brenda Lawrence, Miss Cook (infant teacher), Marjorie Lawrence. Seated l-r: Dorothy Potter, Edna Lipson, Marjorie Race, Winnie Leeder, Vera Ruddock, Lily Saunders, Joan Smith, Miss Meadows, Ivy Coulson. On ground l-r: Sanford Race, Gerald Ruddock, Herbert Kent, Kenny Ruddock.

The Norfolk Postcard Club has been disbanded, and a donation of £430 has been sent to each of four charities; East Anglian Air Ambulance, Big C, Marie Curie Care, and Marie Curie Support.

A moment in time

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ur postcard expert Dennis Cross is unveiling his fourth calendar to raise money for Norfolk cancer charity Big C. The popullar ar calendars, calendars which feature fascinating historriical postcards of local villages, have raised £6,340 so far for the charity, and Dennis is confident that this latest one will be just as well received. “This is a calendar with a difference,” he says. “It goes from January 2023 to January 2024 and features four postcards per page. We have sought out the most unusual and interesting ones from Diss and surrounding villages, many of which are unique and never seen before. But some readers will recognise the scenes and places, and that’s what makes the calendars so

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popular; people love to see villages they know or grew up in captured in a moment in time. “We We have found a wonderful postcard of a local ice cream selllerr who had a bus converted und all the villages selling so he could go arrou both fish and cchiips and ice cream. No-one en this postcard before. has ssee There is another of a porter at Diss Station standing between two horses. I think b he contrast between life back th en, and now, makes us all the veery nostalgic for simpler times.”

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Fish and chips a plenty’, ice

Blakeney is bustling with

North Norfolk

cream and strong mugs of tea

crabbers crowding the wooden uay

oh how love thee

Cli path walks and woody

While others escape on a

rambling trails, linear to the sea

rambling mission

flinty cli s and sparkling sea

Fishermen’s boats bobbing,

heading to the sea

Timeless vistas,

trawling the early days catch

Children slide, slip and slither

magenta sunrises,

Wind turbines sun lit on the

in the creek’s glistening mud

a watery canvas unfolds

distant hori on patch

Making slippery wet slides

ndless seascapes,

down to the river,

Crisp salt kissed air, a treasured gem to behold

Shell patterns and sand castles

giggling with a thud

scatter the beach with watery moats Grandad sat watching the

Kayaks, dinghies and canoes

coloured crabbing pots

tankers, sea jets and pleasure boats

slip silently out with the tide

Children searching for sea

While dad digs a hole to cover

Time to explore the peaceful

urchins, under seaweed clad rocks

the kids in a wet sandy grave

estuary, enjoying a watery glide

A special timeless place that

Seashore children dipping

Peaceful lapping of salty sea

never fails to delight

toes

water and wildlife in the creeks

Memories with our beautiful

be brave

uaint fishing villages and

will they venture in and

The sharp sea air fills your lungs and pu s out your sun

mum in seal searching’ delight Come along to Sti key for a Dressed Cromer crab, smoked

muddy creek surprise

prawns and lobster

kissed rosy cheeks

Walk over the marshes gathering

Life is in slow mo’ here on the

smorgasbord delight

salty samphire supplies

North Norfolk coast

Seagulls whirring above the

Let’s spot an egrit or two at

Simple things based around

erod ding g clli s, precariious in flight

lovely Morston

nature favoured by the most

The striking Cromer pier juts

Sail o to see the seals up the

artistically silhouetted to the sea

winding creek to the sea

a

uay

njoy the nature along this most enchanting shore

Families perched along, crab

Making you come back year

nets cast, whooping’ in glee

after year for more and more.

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