Due to the quite sudden turn of the weather at the end of September, I haven't been out-and-about on many walks/drifts-
Or partaken of many flights on Broom!
- so I don't have many photos of the Norfolk countryside for you.
Did I hear someone breathe a sigh of relief?
Probably. Those same stretches of beach were getting a bit tiresome. And that Cormorant was getting ideas above his station what with getting an agent and appearing on other blogs!Yes, all right... So, anyway, this post is just going to be a mish-mash of the least boring stuff we've been up to.
Saturday, 1st October
First, some news from the garden: The passion flower that I bought last year and planted with a clematis behind the bench, has finally flowered! Yes, after two summers of not doing very much at all, it finally got its act together and started producing flowers at the beginning of October.
Better late than never, I suppose.
Monday, 3rd of October
A bright, sunny day saw a walk on Cromer beach. I had intended to have a swim, but it was a bit windy with quite a lot of chop which put me off. Then I found a nice, large pool which had me tempted, but my plans were scuppered by a sudden influx of dog-walkers and people out-for-a-stroll-on-the-beach-as-it's-nice who would probably have wondered what the lanky, pasty berk was doing floundering around in a rock pool...
|A nice pool ideal for swimming...|
|... if it weren't for the pesky walkers! (On the right there. See? And they weren't the only ones. Bah!)|
|So I plopped myself down in the dunes at the foot of the cliffs...|
|... and watched a skein of geese (probably? They could have been pteradactyls at that distance and no one would have known) about to be finely diced as they passed through Sheringham Shoal Wind Farm|
|Luckily, they pulled up just in time!|
|Oh, as well as the walkers, these two kept buzzing overhead. Yes, your bum does look big in that!|
|For Ms Scarlet|
|And, on my way home at the top of the cliff, a hawk was looking for a late lunch|
Tuesday, 11th October
Another walk on the beach - this time at my favourite haunt in Overstrand/Sidestrand.
|This, as you should know by now, is Overstrand east beach looking west|
|Somewhere over the horizon is Scotland. Or the Arctic...|
|Hmmm... Must try to be more stealthy next time.|
|This fellow is obviously used to me by now.|
|End of the line!|
|Sidestrand beach looking back towards Overstrand|
|I wonder if that's one of the regulars?|
|Ah. It's smushed crab season again!|
|This is a BIG claw...|
|... as you can see in comparison to my hand|
|In the half an hour since I was last here (see the first photo from today), this washed up|
|Yes, I thought it was a jellyfish, too, but it's just a rather sad balloon.|
Tuesday, 18th October
Yesterday morning, I (and the rest of Norwich, if they were looking) was treated to a marvellous sunrise as I walked into work. When I got to Westlegate, the sky looked like it was on fire as the rising sun had lit up all the wispy clouds a beautiful peachy-orange colour. It was only when I actually got to work that I thought to take a photo. Although, by that time and position, the sky was no longer as orange and the sun was only just peeking out over the top of the building opposite.
Wednesday, 19th October
As today was a miserable day outside, and another whole day slumped in front of the television wouldn't go down favourably, I decided to dust off one of my aprons and get on with some desperate housewifing.
We have a glut of produce from the allotment: potatoes, butternut squashes, onions, apples, blackberries - plus a freezer full of rhubarb and raspberries from earlier in the year - so rather than letting it all turn to mush (as has been know to happen in previous years...), I hauled my Kenwood Chef and the biggest saucepan out of the cupboard and got to work.
This is what I came up with:
|Ten apple, blackberry & raspberry crumbles...|
|OK. Nine and a half. I had to try one to make sure I hadn't accidentally poisoned them|
|Winter vegetable soup (onion, potato, squash, carrot)|
|The blending is overseen by the kitchen cats|
That's it, you'll no doubt be pleased to hear. As it's way past our bed time, I'll pop round to your blogs in the morning, as I can see many of you have been busy.