Monday, 25 August 2014

Monday Review - North Norfolk Part 2

We are home again after a lovely week away - it is becoming a bit of a tradition for us to visit Norfolk every four years.  We stayed in Hunstanton when Minibakebakegirl was 4 and then stayed near Holt when she was 8.    

On the way to and from our holiday home in Wells-Next-The-Sea we stopped off at Holt - a very pretty little town, with lovely little "Mum" shops, cafes and restaurants.  We had lunch in Byfords on the way (My drink below is cranberry and orange with a dash of elderflower - gorgeous!) and breakfast in The Barn on the way home.  

The beaches in Norfolk are so picturesque.  Wells with its lovely beach-huts -  we saw one for sale for a mere £60,000!

Brancaster is my favourite beach.  Is is worth walking a bit further along from the main part and it feels like you have the beach to yourself!  The only problem with this is that on the day we were here a huge thunderstorm rolled in.   We packed up our things as fast as we could but we got caught in the hail - I have never seen a beach and car park clear so quickly! Prior to that the sun shone for hours and Minibakebakegirl and I had fun in the sea on our boogie board.  

On the Thursday we visited Holkham.  We walked through the woods to the beach and then up to the house.  This is only open 3 days a week and it was very busy but was interesting to walk round - they had a World War 1 exhibition.

Afterwards we went to Burnham Market for coffee at The Burnhams, we had been here 4 years ago when it was called Lucy's.  They are still serving huge slices of yummy cake!  I had the lemon cake - Minibakebakegirl and Hubby had the chocolate cake - Minibakbakegirl was defeated by the size of it!

On our last day we visited Sheringham.  The last time we came here we got the steam train from Holt - this time we drove along the stunning coastline.  

One thing I will miss about the converted barn we stayed in is the stunning roof - I loved the constantly changing colours. 


Hope to see you in 4 years time Norfolk!

Thanks for visiting,

Today's top three Spotify Songs:

1. Shake Your Head - Was (Not Was)
2. Need you Tonight - INXS
3. Word Up - Cameo

Monday, 18 August 2014

Monday Review - North Norfolk Part 1

The Bakebake family are on holiday in North Norfolk this week. On Saturday we went for a big walk along the beach at Wells Next The Sea.  I say a big walk as it does take about 1/2 hour from the harbour to the beach but it is worth it.

We enjoyed fish and chips by the harbour and the 2p falls!

On Sunday we walked to the Wells light railway to get the little train to Walsingham.  The last time we did this Minibakebakegirl was 4!

We had lunch at Norton's - in Walsingham.  I had the vegetable and mint soup with huge slices of bread, which was lovely.

Today we went to Norwich.  After a bit of shopping we headed up to Norwich Castle.

I loved the Bigod Arch, it very cleverly lit up as to how it would have looked in Norman times.  As I was taking my photos a lot of people walked through the arch - looked round the small room and went back out - completely missing the Arch!  MBBG and I sat down to people watch them do it.  It was almost too hard not to shout - it's behind you!!!

Hope to see you next week.

Today's top three radio songs:

1. Flashdance - Irene Cara
2. I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me - Nic Kershaw
3. Brother Louie - Modern Talking

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Monday Review - Edinburgh

Minibakebakegirl and I are in Edinburgh this week.  On Friday and Saturday we had a wander round town soaking up the Festival atmosphere. We watched a street performer at The Mound - she was excellent.  We also went on our first Edinburgh tram!  Very busy, hopefully will be a bit quieter in October and I will get a seat!!

I love the craft fair at St Johns - there were so many stalls full of beautiful things - jewellery, pictures, scarves, bags, pottery and so much more. I was very restained and only bought one thing!

Lunch on Friday was at Bakehouse in Broughton Street.  I had pea and parsley soup with a savoury scone.  Delicious!

Over lunch on Saturday at The Hub, we looked to see what shows were on and Sister saw there was a free show - Separate But Equal - two different comedy duos in bite sized chunks - slightly random but we did laugh at some bits!! Afterwards we walked up Calton Hill for some incredible views.

On Saturday night there was a Tornado G4 flypast as part of the Tattoo, which we watched in the garden.  An hour later would be a flypast from the Red Arrows so we decided to walk up to The Rest and Be Thankful on Corstorpine Hill.  This features in Kidnaped by Robert Louis Stevenson.

I did tweet that I spent all Saturday evening looking up - two flypasts, two really bright ISS passes and fireworks over the Castle at midnight!

Sunday was a lovely family day, spent  with Cousin1 and her Husband and Cousin2 and his girlfriend.  We had a lovely meal at Sisters, it was great to spend time together and it was a very enjoyable afternoon.  We realised we had all only met up at funerals in recent years - is this a sad fact of getting old....Sister made a gorgeous summer pudding, will have to pinch the recipe.

See you next week,

Today's top three Spotify songs:

1. I'm Not In Love - 10CC
2. The Logical Song - Supertramp
3. Breakfast In America - Supertramp