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.


Friday, 20 July 2018

Norfolk | Wells-next-the-Sea

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! Initially I was intending on writing one post, but the more I've written here, the more I've realised that one just won't suffice, so we'll start with our first day in Norfolk.

We had both decided to take the Friday off work so we could get to the barn my parents were staying in on Thursday evening. I had been doing some research online and after finding a place that looked fantastic for brunch, suggested that on Friday we headed to Wells-next-the-sea to relive my childhood! I have such lovely memories of staying at Pinewoods with my parents and little sister so I was eager to head back there after so many years, with the added bonus of showing Dan around.

Sadly, the bingo no longer exists, however Wells is a lovely place to spend the day. Our first stop was Bang in Wells where we fuelled ourselves for the day ahead. Whilst this place is relatively pricey, the food was delicious and we all enjoyed sitting outside to make the most of this heatwave we're having!

On the way up to Bang, there are plenty of shops to explore so that's where we headed after our brunch. Despite not picking anything up, it was lovely to have an amble in a place I remember so well. One thing we did do in Wells when I was younger, was head to the amusement park, so we decided to head to the on in the harbour. I had forgotten how much fun it was, made all the better by the win of these little guys! (We were all pretty ecstatic about this, I have NEVER seen anyone win on the 2p machines!).

Our afternoon was spent on the beach, enjoying the sunshine and the beautiful beach huts that are painted in so many gorgeous colours. Dan and Dad flew a kite, whilst Mum and I got stuck into our latest reads. The weather was so beautiful, and I just enjoyed being able to relax on the beach. We even bumped into the lady from our home town who we rented the caravan from when we were younger which was lovely.

After a few hours at the beach, we unanimously decided that we were going back to the harbour to get fish and chips - there's nothing like it when you're at the seaside!

We had such a lovely day in Wells-next-the-sea, and I would highly recommend a trip if you are heading to North Norfolk. The beach is one of the loveliest ones I've been to in the UK, and it is just so lovely to explore the pretty little town. Next time I go, I want to try the dutch pancakes at The Albatros - a boat built in 1899 which is now a restaurant in the harbour...

Have you been to Wells-next-the-sea?

Sunday, 8 July 2018

A catch up

I've been struggling to be motivated enough to actually sit down and write a blog post. Life has been so busy since getting engaged, our trip to NYC and moving into our new home back in March, and come 5pm I'm just ready to sit back and relax or watch some rubbish telly. But, I'm really missing posting on this blog of mine so here goes with a catch up...

Our little home is slowly coming along. We've started making improvements in the bathroom, and the garden. We've got a long way to go home but it's so nice to have our own space and to be able to make any changes that we want to. Dan and his Dad finished off the bathroom this past week after we finally found some tiles (it's taken three months, and we found them at Reza's tiles in Cambridge, just in case you're struggling to find some!). We would also like to add a couple of prints to jazz up one of the bathroom walls too!

In the lounge, we're definitely lacking that homely feel and want to add a few personal touches. A curtain went up a few weeks ago which has made all the difference, and we want to find some prints to go on the main wall next to our TV. Ideally I'd love a print wall (perhaps something like this) but I am not hugely creative so we'll see how that goes. This one is firmly a work in progress, but the curtains makes the room much cosier in the evenings - before we were looking out at the pitch black garden through the conservatory.

Our wedding plans are also really coming along now - we've sorted the ceremony, the reception venue, the catering (mostly!), transport and my wedding dress. I've got my bridesmaids, and Dan's got his three best men in tow so we're pretty set for our bridal party. It's been really exciting planning our wedding, and I cannot wait to be Dan's wife.

We also celebrated with my Dad as he graduated with a BA (Hons) in Theology. We had a lovely day celebrating with him at his college in South London, and we were so proud of all he has achieved. Every Tuesday for the last five years he's been travelling down to study - alongside a secular job and working as a minister in training. We're all so proud of him!

Coming up over the next few months is our mini-break to Norfolk with my parents, a four day trip to Budapest and hopefully lots more of this beautiful sunshine we've been having!

What have you been up to recently?

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