Category Archives: East Anglia

Winter visit to the beach

It’s been a hectic few weeks and it’s nearly the end of January and Christmas has faded into a hazy memory!! Finally, in a quiet moment I eventually uploaded photos from our visit to the beach on Christmas Day which … Continue reading

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Summer seals

It was very windy last weekend and the sea was rough with plenty of white horses. On the sandy beach granite rocks are strategically strewn across the shoreline in attempt to reduce erosion, but what’s that? – a rock just … Continue reading

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Seen from a train

Just over three weeks ago, when we had our mini heatwave, I was on a train crossing the Fens. It’s an agricultural and market garden region famous for being flat. Up to the 17th century it was wet, low-lying marshland, until … Continue reading

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A quintessentially English weather drama

Suffolk is well-known for big, open skies. These skies of cool blue with puffs of white cloud were made famous in the paintings of Suffolk-born, John Constable, from Dedham Vale on the Suffolk/Essex border. However, it’s not always sunny in … Continue reading

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Oxburgh Hall Part 3 – Gatehouse interiors and roof

It’s always interesting to go visiting and have the opportunity to climb up a medieval spiral staircase and take in the views from the roof. The original gatehouse of Oxburgh Hall has just such a staircase. Apparently, it used to … Continue reading

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Oxburgh Hall Part 2 – Interiors, ground floor

Following on from Oxburgh Hall Part 1 let’s now take a tour of the interior of this National Trust moated manor house. As we wander through the ground floor rooms we find essentially a nineteenth-century, neo-Gothic revival aesthetic. As with any property … Continue reading

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Oxburgh Hall – Part 1, A Legacy in Brick

Oxburgh Hall is a moated manor house in the depths of rural Norfolk. It has been ‘owned’ by the National Trust since it was donated by the Bedingfeld family in 1952. The donation of this interesting building to the National … Continue reading

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Inspiration from the defaced and faceless

In the past I’ve blogged about the beautiful examples of medieval art in East Anglia not least the stunning rood screen at Ranworth. However, although many parish churches across the region still have their original rood screens often they have … Continue reading

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A dog day at the beach

Sometimes you just need to get away from everything for a couple hours and let the wind blow away all the cobwebs in your head. The exposed east coast of Norfolk often has a ‘brisk’ breeze and I usually come … Continue reading

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It was windy at the beach this Christmas

It was misty too with sea spray, but not really, really cold. Ending 2015 with unseasonal warmth. The weather may have been grey, but there was plenty of new colour! And, finally, end of the year brings parties and celebrations … Continue reading

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Architectural palimpsests – reusing ruins

How amusing that I’ve come to write and post about change and the reuse of the original to find that the WordPress interim editor has morphed into the new all singing all dancing mobile friendly editor. As I get to … Continue reading

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