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Memories of the Norfolk Broads

I’ve just been spending time on a fascinating site broadlandmemories.co.uk, an archive of photos and reminiscences of the Norfolk Broads from the 1900’s to the present day.

For me the best part is the photo galleries from the 1930’s and 1950’s – the men in their one piece wool bathing suits, wearing sports jackets in the pubs. Otherwise not much has changed – the same pubs and landmarks in the same places, the ineffable joy of messing around in boats…

Also such fascinating ephemera as original invoices and provisions lists:

Norfolk Broads provisions order formThis is from the 1950’s when Dunham’s stores would deliver to your boat in time for your arrival so you could immediately set sail with your three quarters of a pound of typhoo tea, four pounds of tinned pineapple, six pints of custard powder and three pounds of jam and marmalade. Sounds like they had a sybaritic week in store…

www.broadlandmemories.co.uk

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Arctic blasts

It’s been a cold and chaotic week round our neck of the woods, but today has been beautifully sunny and the snow is retreating. I abandoned the plans I’d had to drive a hundred miles away and instead took a walk over the snow dusted fields to look at some big skies.

Definitely a week to stay close to home and enjoy the simple pleasures of hot cocoa and a wood burning stove.

A couple of weeks ago there were so many signs of impeding spring – bulbs shooting through the soil and a rash of snowdrops. Now all the growth is on hold again, under the snow and ice, ready for next week when it’s going to warm up again.

I took a picture of that tree around harvest time – it’s hard to imagine it’s the same tree.

I love this walk every time of year, with its simple pleasures of flat fields and enormous skies.

And I know, the amount of snow looks a bit pathetic compared to the fuss that has been made, but there was much more before, honest guv!

Also, we came across this, which is rather wonderful on so many levels

NB If you’re interested in reading more about art, design and culture in East Anglia, please do follow the blog to its new home at http://flatlanders.co.uk/ – you’ll find more posts on everything interesting happening in the area.

Bleak Norfolk

It has been bleak here recently – damp, cold, windy, grey. The only possible response is to stay home in front of the fire and drink sloe gin instead. I’ve been virtually travelling instead, enjoying the visual pleasure of the flatlands through other people’s eyes.

This is the Norfolk marshes, as seen by Rusty Projector on Flickr. It proves definitively that flat, wet and grey can be beautiful seen in the right way. 

Clouds and grass by seeks2dream.  Horizontal wind and cloudy skies, but in a way that captures summer. I’m feeling more cheerful already.

Sunset over Norfolk by Alex Layzell. Definitely November, leafless trees silhouetted against the light. It’s all about the skies here. The golden hour is extra golden when the landscape is so stark.

Sunset over the Broads by Paul Russell.

Wide Norfolk skies by Colin 30d.  

And back down to earth with some beautiful buildings for when the weather draws in.

Eco-photography’s picture of beach huts in Wells-next-to-the-Sea was taken before a summer storm.

 

And finally the Cromer telephone exchange, to remind us of the cosmopolitan nature of North Norfolk

Photo by rosberond

And look, the sun has come out – better get out there blinking in the light – there’s sleet forecast for later. Thank you to the Creative Commons community on Flickr for the reminder how beautiful it can be here.