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Sunday 8 September 2013


Hi everyone

As the post title says, it has been a week of sun, sand and showers for us.  At the beginning of the week we spent a few days with Richard's sister in Norwich.  A very interesting city with lots of great buildings to explore and we were disappointed we only had a few days there.  Here are some photographs I took while we were in and around Norwich:

A view of Norwich Cathedral through an archway

Norwich was playing 'host' to more to 50 life-sized gorillas that created a conservation art trail throughout the city centre.  We saw some beautifully decorated ones, and the above photograph is of one of those we 'met' in our travels.

I also took a photograph of the Edith Cavell monument in Norwich, but am embarrassed to admit that I chopped her head off!  

We spent one day in the lovely Wells-at-the-sea.  We walked the full length of the beach and arrived rather tired at Holkham Hall.  It was lovely walking through the sea and of course walking on sand is pretty good exercise.  The beach at Wells-at-the-sea is BIG, clean and not very busy on the day we were there.

There hasn't been a lot of crafting carried out this week, but I feel a lot has been packed into our 'holiday'.  We rounded it off with a family get-together yesterday; cousins (Maralyn and Evelyn) and sister (Anne), plus husbands joined us and as always we had a great time, lots of laughs and sadly as always, the time went far too fast.  Looking forward to the next one.

Today a friend and I went to the Plant Fair At Wisley and thoroughly enjoyed our visit.  I bought lots of my favourite plant: Heucheras (I will include some photographs next week), as well as some Sempervivums to put in pots around our pond.  Despite the rain, it was very popular and we only got caught out once - we decided to shelter in the Dahlia marquee and as you can imagine, there were some absolutely gorgeous blooms on show.  Here are some of them:

The variety of colours was superb and some of the blooms were the size of dinner plates.  All so lovely.

Back to serious work this week.  A bag decorating session tomorrow afternoon with my cake-making friend and back after a long gap at the Jacob's Well country Market on Friday.  And, two kittens arriving here on Thursday - definitely for fostering, not for adopting.  I think the Five Pie's would kick up a storm if we adopted any more.

Thank you to everyone who visited my blog this week and in particular to those who gave me ideas for getting rid of the wrinkles and creases on the jute bags I am decorating.  Steaming has helped and I think while they are a little damp weighting them down has also helped solve the problem.  I took delivery of some more this week and they were crease and crinkle-free, so I am hoping the first ones were the only wrinkly ones.

It's time now to visit Handmade Monday and catch up with my fellow crafting bloggers - a great opportunity to find out what they have all been doing over the last week.

Have a great week everyone - I will be back next Sunday and Milly will be here on Wednesday.



  1. What a lovely time you have been having. I was interested to see the gorilla, as we saw one in Exeter this summer.

  2. What great photos of your holiday. The beach looks amazing and those flowers would look nice in my garden!

  3. My Mum and Dad went to Wisley as well and said they had a great time. Look forward to seeing pictures of your purchases x

  4. The flowers are beautiful, such vibrant colours. Seems like a nice holiday !

  5. I instantly recognised the Gorilla! They have been a great feature in the City this summer and the children haven't tired of them one bit. Really pleased you enjoyed your visit. I love those Pom Pom Dahlias too. x

  6. Isn't that gorilla fab! Love the beach pics too, it must have been such a lovely walk.

    Great to hear you managed to de-crease the bags and even better the next lot don't have wrinkles to start with! x

  7. I'm fascinated as to why gorillas?! A few years ago we had something similar up here in Skipton where there were beautifully decorated sheep - bit obvious in the Dales as it's sheep everywhere!
    Sounds a lovely holiday :)

  8. It sounds like you had a lovely week. The beach at Wells looks beautiful, all that space! Love the gorilla in Norwich. Liverpool has had lambananas (a sculpture unique to Liverpool) and penguins. I think all of these trails with sculptures started with cows in Manchester over 10 years ago.
    I hope you have a fab week ☆

  9. Sounds like you've had a lovely week, and a busy week planned too.Hope the bag decorating goes well.

  10. Wonderful to hear you've had a lovely break. The time always passes too quick. Like everyone else I love the gorilla. I love seeing all the art we're experiencing in the cities recently. The dahlias look gorgeous, I think they always look quite dramatic. Have a lovely week.
    Ali x

  11. Looks like you had a wonderful time away. I too love the gorilla. He's so majestic.

    Love the colours in your photos. So bright and dynamic. Good luck with your bag decorating xx

  12. Love your photo's. Wells Next to the Sea is a lovely place and Norwich is great for shopping :)

    Have a great week

    Jan x

  13. Lovely photos! Sounds like you had a great time. I do love a big empty beach!

  14. Beautiful photos, and the gorilla is brilliant- I do love public art.

  15. Great photos. Love the gorilla. I wonder if anyone has managed to find all of them.

    I can't believe how huge that beach is. It's so big, I doubt it could ever become full of people.

  16. Love your pictures Jill the flower ones are very colourful. I haven't ever been to Norwich but it looks really interesting. x

  17. Sounds like you had a wonderful week. I LOVE those gorillas! I'd like to learn more about the exhibit.

  18. Fab photos. They had an exhibition like the gorillas of elephanst one year in london. Was really good fun treking across the city to hunt them down!

  19. I've never been to Norwich, the beaches around there look stunning too. BriniZozi would love them. Those gorillas are stunning!

    You're the second person to tell me about the dahlias at Wisley - so sorry I missed that.


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