Friday, 18 July 2014

Santon Downham

Just DB and I this week as E. and her husband, are on holiday in Cromer, in their own caravan. Seem to be enjoying their break immensely!

This is quite a drive for us to do this walk, but it was a comfortable warm walk, with lots of ripening crops, lovely wooded areas etc. We both really enjoyed it. Half way through the walk, I stood in the middle of the path and took a photograph in each direction:

Then we headed off towards the train track to go underneath it, through the archway in the middle. Several trains passed us during the walk and I just about managed to capture one!
A natural totem pole:
DB striding off:
We did 'poo sticks' over two bridges but I only remembered to photograph one:
The other was over a ford and several people were picnicking, with their children in the ford, supervised by 2 adults. We thought better of photographing them just in case they objected.

About 3/4 of the way around, we came into the village and checked out the small local shop. Luckily they had ice cream as by then, despite taking drinking water, we were getting hot and bothered. Outside was this letter box:
We found this huge seed head, don't think it is a dandelion:
In the end, we did about 3 miles, ambling along (just too hot for striding out at a brisk pace!) for an hour and 20 minutes. Went off to The Windmill Pub at Great Cressingham for lunch, where we had jacket potato with Cajun mushrooms on top.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Walking around Helhoughton

This was a repeat of an Autumn/Winter walk we last did when our dear friend B. was still alive. Hard to believe she has been gone now, nearly a year:(

It was hot and sultry and although the hats E. and I. had on kept the sun out of our eyes, they didn't stop our hair from 'steaming'. Boy, did we look like we had been pulled through a hedge backwards when the walk finished.

I only remembered to take out the camera half way around, just as we were about to cross a field of oats. For the change, the farmer had left a nice wide path:
Despite the rain our way, you could see how dry and cracked the mud was:
We gathered some sticks for playing 'poo sticks', over a bridge we were due to cross but unfortunately, it was too heavily infested with weeds. Ah well.

Over the other side, and under a shade of a lovely tree, we stopped to have water. We could just see the tower of Raynham church in the distance:
Into another field of oats turning yellow for harvesting:
We walked for about 1 hour 40 minutes, slower than normal due to the heat I think. Anyway, another 4 miles under our belts.