|Bluebells and bracken curls at|
Yesterday morning was bright and sunny so we cycled out from our campsite on a pretty route, devised by Dave, which took in several local villages, a short stretch of National Cycle Route 1 and finished up by returning along The Marriott's Way practically to our gate. This photograph shows a view of our campsite, The Siding, from The Marriott's Way just at the point where we left it. Chatting to owner Tim a couple of days ago, we were both interested to learn that his father had been the Station Master here in the 1960s before the Beeching cuts closed the line. Tim can remember exactly how the station used to be and it sounded like it had taken a lot of work - and hardcore - to transform The Siding into the beautiful place it now is.
|The Siding from The Marriott's Way|
I finally got around to taking a couple of nice photographs of rape fields yesterday. There are so many around here that are in full flower at the moment that I think those bright yellow expanses will be my abiding memory of North Norfolk.
|Beautiful yellow rape flowers in North Norfolk|
Bluebells are the main attraction at this time year and the carpets between the trees are unbelievably beautiful, almost ethereal. There is a delicate aroma in the air too and butterflies attracted to the flowers. This cabbage white stooped to drink nectar close enough to my camera. We also saw tortoiseshells, peacocks and orange tips.
|Cabbage white butterfly on a bluebell|
The bracken curls pictured at the very beginning of this post gave the area a primordial feel. I think I know that they are one of the earliest plants? Triffids sprang to my mind and we joked that they might suddenly uncurl to grab us!
We are moving on again on Thursday. A few days exploring Lincoln will be followed by the rest of May in Hope in the Peak District. Hope-related puns will probably be mostly directed at the weather because Dave has printed lots of pages of Ordnance Survey walking maps from his special software. We have also lined ourselves up with no less than three cultural nights one - a play and two Americana gigs. NTlive emailed about their next broadcast which is Ralph Fiennes in Man And Superman by George Bernard Shaw. Coincidentally, we recently saw him in a very different role when we watched The Grand Budapest Hotel in Stratford. Our nearest Man And Superman broadcast is Tideswell Cinema which looks to be in the upstairs room of The George Hotel in Tideswell. Possibly a bring-your-own-cushion type venue? Then two gigs within four days, both at The Greystones in Sheffield. Our Chris Smither tickets have been booked for a while, then yesterday we saw that Slaid Cleaves is playing there too. And he's bringing Scrappy Jud Newcomb who we saw playing at the Saxon Pub last time we visited Austin. I whinged on Slaid's facebook page a year or so ago that he was touring the US with Scrappy Jud but not bringing him to Europe. Now he is!
After Hope, we have a few nights booked just outside York and then two weeks on the North York Moors. York's Railway Museum has been highly recommended to us and we'll no doubt spend hours just walking the city. Other 'must-see' tips welcome so please comment below if you know the area! In the meantime, I'll leave you with some more bluebells ...
|Bluebell fairy path leads away through Foxley Wood|