Friday, 28 September 2018

Norfolk | Cromer

A couple of weeks ago, we joined my parents in Norfolk for a long weekend. It came just at the right time, and we had such a lovely time resting, relaxing and exploring! You can read about the other days on our trip here.

Our final day was Sunday, and we headed to Cromer which is a quite little seaside town on the North coast of Norfolk. Whilst it isn't as pretty as Wells, it was still a lovely place to visit on a sunny Sunday morning! We ambled the streets for a short while in the sunshine, and got ourselves an ice cream from one of the many places to get one. I had a salted caramel chocolate brownie ice cream, which was as delicious as it sounds.

Ice cream in hand, we headed down the (very steep!) steps and ramp to the pier. There is something I really love about a pier at the British seaside, and Cromer's pier was no exception. With the coast to either side, the sun shining and the sea - we were all very happy indeed. The beautiful weather we had this summer really boosted our moods, and it was so nice to be relaxing by the sea.

Dan and I were travelling back to Essex that afternoon, and so we decided we had just enough time to head to the arcades. There is something so nostalgic about those 2p coin machines - it takes me right back to my childhood, which is a lovely feeling. We had such a good laugh in the arcades and won enough drumstick lollies to last us until Christmas (which, weirdly, are sat in my snack bag at work!).

No trip to the British seaside is complete without fish and chips, so we took our places in the queue for one of the busiest places in town, No1 Cromer. The queue went quickly, and we got our food pretty swiftly too, which is exactly what you want when you're hungry from all that sea air! I believe there is a sit-in restaurant, but we chose to take ours back down the ramp to the picnic area looking over the sea - the perfect way to end our weekend in Norfolk.

Have you been to Cromer?

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

July 2018 in Numbers

This year has been absolutely zooming past, so I'll keep this one short and sweet as I'm writing it about two months after I usually would do! It felt important to me to keep these posts up, because I know I will love looking back in years to come and seeing what I was up to.

1 graduation - my lovely Dad graduated from college with a BA in Theology. We had a lovely day in London celebrating his special day.

1 trip to Norfolk with my parents. A very welcome break from the everyday mundane life!

0 RAIN. I can't remember ever having as lovely weather as we did in July.

1 delicious Greek feast cooked by Dan (featured above). Sitting in the gardens in the sunshine for dinner has made such a lovely change!

What did you get up to in July?

Friday, 27 July 2018

Norfolk | The Broads

A couple of weeks ago, we joined my parents in Norfolk for a long weekend. It came just at the right time, and we had such a lovely time resting, relaxing and exploring! You can read about our first day here.

On the Saturday, we woke up early because we had a boat booked for a day on the Norfolk broads. None of us had ever done this before, and whilst we were looking forward to it, we didn't really know what to expect! I can safely say that any reservations we had were cast aside within five minutes of boating in the broads.

The weather was absolutely beautiful, and as my Dad and Dan were eager to drive, Mum and I settled in for a day of sunshine and relaxation at the back of the boat. The boat we had hired was suitable for six people, and was perfect for the four of us. Dan did most of the driving, because he was enjoying it so much, but Dad and I had a go as well - it was quite tricky at first because the boat had delayed steering so you would turn away from the bank, and it would take a few seconds to happen!

It took about an hour and half to get to our lunch stop, and some of the houses we passed were incredible. Some looked like Italian Trulli, whilst others were quintessentially British cottages - most of them with their own boats and moors. If I lived that close to the broads, I would definitely invest in a boat myself - spending the day cruising on the river was on of my favourite days of the mini-break. It was so peaceful and relaxing.

Our lunch stop wasn't anything to call home about, but it was nice to be sat by the river in the sunshine taking it all in. We'd definitely try one of the other pubs next time, even though they looked much harder to moor at!

After lunch, we headed back out on the Broads for more sunshine. I was happily lounging at the back reading my book, with Mum who was doing the same. I was reading Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race, and it was one of the best books I've read this year. If you're looking for something new to read, I'd definitely read this book. It's incredibly insightful.

Five hours after we picked up our little boat, it was time to drop it back. We'll definitely be going again, we had such a lovely day!

Have you ever been out on the Norfolk Broads?

The company we used to hire our electric boat, was Richardson's Day Boats who were fantastic. On arrival, we picked up our life jackets and were led to our boat by one of the staff, who explained how to steer the boat. He was so helpful, answering all of our questions, and directing us to the pubs. The map at the front of the boat also included timings so you had a rough idea if you had to return your boat for a certain time. I think we paid £91 for 5 hours, which I think is really affordable, especially if you're going as a group.

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