Friday, 16 March 2018

Blickling Hall


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The National Trust owned Blickling Hall looks impressive from the first peek through the gates.  The current building was erected in 1616-24 for Sir Henry Hobart, 1st Baronet, Lord Chief Justice to King James I, but the Manor of Blickling had been owned previously by John Fastolf, inspiration for Shakespeare's Falstaff and Geoffrey Boleyn, Anne's Grandfather.  It is believed that Mary (grandmother of Lettice Knollys), George and Anne were born there.  In fact, Anne's ghost is said to appear every 19th May, the date of her beheading.  A carriage pulled by headless horses arrives at the house,  and Anne Boleyn, carrying her severed head, gets out and roams the corridors until daybreak. Not only that but her father Thomas also haunts the house on that day, riding in a headless horse-drawn carriage over 12 bridges starting at Blickling. eek!  What a busy day!

We were fortunate that the National Trust was trialling opening 363 days a year as it wouldn't usually have been open but although some of the ground floor rooms were closed, we could see the best rooms upstairs. 

entrance -  to the left you can see a statue of Elizabeth I and out of view to the right is one of Anne Boleyn.  The staircase was only opened to the public after restoration in 2011, the first time since it had been acquired by the Trust.  We were told that, when new, the staircase had been painted white with the walls being pink.  Extremely finely carved figures are positioned on the newel posts.


crewel work in the light West Turret Bedroom

drawing room

library, Long Gallery

The house was huge, not a scale that I would feel happy living in unlike some other National Trust properties.  The garden was equally huge and must be wonderful later in the year judging by the neat and tidy borders and all the bulbs planted.  There's plenty of paths for a stroll and a lake to wander round too.  The immaculate topiary yew acorns and grand pianos are stunning.

Of course, we couldn't go past the cafe or shop.


Thursday, 15 March 2018

Letterbox Flowers


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Amongst my thoughtful Mothers Day gifts and cards this year, I received a beautiful bouquet prepared by Bloom & Wild - posted through my letterbox!  What a great idea.

Inside the box, the stems were happily resting with little nets around the flowers to keep them in perfect condition.

Who would have thought that all those beautiful flowers would fit through my letterbox!

With grateful thanks for all my surprises.

I'm sharing this post with Riitta on her Floral Bliss linkup.


Wednesday, 14 March 2018



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Still in Norfolk, we're taking a bus to Aylsham from Norwich, a 30 minute trip where we're heading for a National Trust property.  It's always a bit hit and miss as to whether the bus driver will remember to tell you where to alight but fortunately it was hard to miss Aylsham market place.  There's only a two mile trek across the fields before our goal and it was a beautiful crispy day. Let's go!

There's nothing worse than walking along a road with no pavements with the cars speeding by, even if there aren't that many, so it was a relief to pick up the 61 mile Weavers Way heading back towards Cromer for a while. 

Look at that huge sky.

Next time we'll take a visit to Blickling Hall.


Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Bobbles Galore


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Whilst I'm waiting for the final part of Janie Crow's Sunshine and Showers cal to be published, I've kept myself busy with a smaller project covered in bobbles.

I wanted the blanket to be lightweight but not have too many holes in the structure so I've used a double crochet stitch into the front loop only.  The coloured wool used for the rows with all the bobbles starts being woven in from the beginning of the row which gives at slight stripe effect and the vertical stripes are made using small balls of wool for each stripe.  The coloured stitches are made by completing the white double crochet (dc) before with the colour and completing the coloured dc with white.

The bobbles are quite easy to make - use the coloured wool to complete the dc just before the bobble, insert your hook to make a treble crochet (tr) in the next stitch but don't complete the final stage, repeat in the same stitch four more times until you have 6 stitches on your hook then draw through the white wool to complete the stitch.

There are 11 white stitches plus 1 coloured one repeated 10 times per row and 5 rows between colours, bobbles are made on the wrong side rows. You have to make sure the yarn you are not using in the bobble row stays on the wrong side of the work so that it doesn't show on the right side. I started and finished the blanket with 2 rows of bobbles across the width but then made a bobble every other section across the row between the vertical stripes.

To finish off, I did 4 rows of double crochet plus a small shell edge - 2 dc, 1htc, 1tc, 1htc, 2dc and so on. Ta da!

I've found the waiting for the next part of the cal rather annoying with it being released monthly as I haven't been able to use the wool for anything else but I decided to have a go at using two strands of wool at a time to make a pattern with the thought that I can always unravel it if I need more of those particular colours for the cal.

Hopefully I'll have my Sunshine and Showers blanket ready to share with you by about 5th April.

I hope you are getting along nicely with your projects, whatever they may be.


Monday, 12 March 2018



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Today, we're off to the seaside on the train, 40 minutes from Norwich we find ourselves in Cromer.  I have been told that Her Majesty The Queen enjoys a stroll on Cromer beach when she is at her Norfolk residence, Sandringham, not far away.  That's all hearsay though and I'm sure she wouldn't have been there as it was somewhat parky.  Luckily the sun came out for the afternoon so we could see both sets of colours along the coast.

There's a sandy beach with flint, colourful houses, pleasant coastal walks with heathery gorsey hills and a pier.

Stopping for a delicious lunch at the Rocket Cafe, we could still enjoy the views through the windows.

I have been very restrained with the amount of beach hut photos I am showing you!

Following the track up to the lighthouse, there's a great view, when the sun's out!

Look there's the town! Ha!

When the sun does come out, it's surprising to see the wind farms out to sea.

Oh those colours!

A beautiful place, full of character but I bet it's busy in the Summer!