Nice weather for ducks!

Trip Start Jun 12, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Opened the curtains this morning and as expected the rain was coming down. The plan today was there was no plan - so we got in the car and decided to head off into the country lanes. We drive through countryside, past small villages and farms until eventually we wind up in a place called Holt, where we park the car up and go for a wander.

Holt is quite a nice small town, with a wonderful delicatessen and some lovely cafes and tearooms. We decide to go into one of the tearooms and I ordered some delicious homemade shepherds pie and something called 'The Ultimate Chocolate' which is a mug of hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream, topped with marshmallows, maltezers and chocolate sprinkles - completely sinful and completely worth it!!! With the weather wet and windy outside, it was very warming.

After lunch we got back in the car and drove off through some more country lanes - I have my window slightly open and can hear the car wheels splashing through puddles and as we drive along there is a sweet smell in the air - which I assume to be the scent from all the blackberry bushes along the hedgerows, it reminds me that we need to pick some soon - blackberry and apple pie - yum!!!.

We decide to stop at Blakeney Quay next. There was a break in the rain when we got here, so we parked the car up at the top of the village and walked down the narrow road lined with flint cottages, towards the quay. There was a book sale in the village hall, so we go in there as we figure that with the weather, we are likely to end up parking up somewhere for a coffee and to have a read and I'd left my book back at the room. I find a book and then we walk out on the path beside the creek between all the boats - the masts are jangling in the wind, fresh, fresh air.

After, we drive a bit further along the coast to Wells Next the Sea where we boil up a cup of coffee and then take a walk along the beach. As we start to walk, the rain starts again - we have our waterproof coats on and both agree that we are happy to continue and within a few minutes we have the beach to ourselves as everyone scurries off back to their cars. Its fairly windy out, we've both got our hoods up so I can't actually see John, but we're holding hands, walking along together, the rain gets harder and I can smell that beautiful sea air and hear the rain pattering on my hood again - I like that. Just about the only words we exchange for quite a while was when John said his legs were getting wet, "mine too" I reply "do you want to head back to the car", he said no, that he was happy - so was I, extremely so, it was excellent walking along there in the rain - I felt a warmth radiating from inside, I just felt free and content. After a while we get a short spell of sunshine, so I am able to take some photographs - we spent a couple of hours walking on the beach and on the way back to the car the rain comes down again.

We sit either side of the car on the back seat, back to back with our feet out of the doors changing our footwear from our now soggy trainers to some dry shoes - as we are doing so, John starts looking round the car, inside and out - I wonder what he is up to and he's looking perplexed - all of a sudden he sees me putting my wet trainers into a carrier bag - "you thieving rat" he says "is that my carrier bag", "no" I say "I just found it in the back here" - "yes" he says "cause I put it there", "oh" I say "I thought it was handy", "it's mine" he says "give it back" - I couldn't believe he got so attached to a carrier bag and it just makes me laugh "give it back" he says again, which just makes me laugh harder still "give it back you thieving monkey" and he stands there shaking his head at me as I just roll around laughing before putting my trainers, in his carrier bag into the boot. You had to be there to appreciate the look on his face, but I end up crying with laughter as he goes into the boot to find another carrier bag, still muttering about me pinching the first one!!

We continue on and find a grass carpark further down the coast, right on the clifftop looking out to sea. We sit and take in our surroundings for a while before I boil up some soup for tea, which we have with some fresh crusty rolls that we got in one of the villages earlier. After the soup we take out our books and sit and read and watch the world go by until eventually the light gives way and we're no longer able to read or watch the sea properly - so then we get back out onto the road and head back to our room for the evening.
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