I know its now Monday evening and many of you will already be thoroughly into the swing of the week ahead, but before we have all completely forgotten about the weekend, I just wanted to share with you a little bit of mine.
We spent the weekend in Norfolk where we celebrated my excellent mother in laws birthday en famille. Wells-next-the-sea is a favourite destination for all of us. Its a small harbour town on the North Norfolk coast with endless sandy beaches, a sea that goes out for ever and huge skies, of the kind you only find in Norfolk. It also has wonderful fish and chips, although on this occasion we tucked into pancakes aboard the The Albatros. The Albatros is a former Dutch cargo ship built in 1899 as a North Sea clipper and is one of the oldest sailing ships still afloat. It was a wonderful venue for a relaxed lunch party with accommodating, friendly staff who managed our various demands with ease without making anyone walk the plank!
The weather just about held so that we could walk off our pancakes on the beach and the children could collect shells. They also found a dead sea bird which they took great delight in ceremoniously burying!
One of the other delights of the weekend was the vast quantities of snowdrops everywhere. We drove along tiny lanes between thick carpets of them. I don’t know if its just Norfolk, but they seemed particularly good this year. The neighbouring village to the one I grew up in has a tiny but lovely church with a round tower that houses not only beautiful 14th century features but lots of memories for us too. Each year the church and its graveyard are covered in snowdrops. Driving back to London we couldn’t resist stopping to take a few photographs and enjoy the stillness of this place which has barley changed in centuries.