My week this week: Off

A straightforward word from me this week. We've had a few days off of work and the anticipation and planning in advance as well as enjoying our time has dominated the week.

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After being behindhand last week I caught up with myself, only then to find myself immersed in preparing for a few days off.  The weekend involved checking the weather for Norfolk a lot, the times of the show I wanted to visit in Birmingham as well as getting everything in order at work. And there was the dilemma of what to pack. As usual the car was pretty loaded up with clothes for every kind of weather, some food and drink and of course the bikes.

GETTING STARTED WITH MY VALENTINES CARD

GETTING STARTED WITH MY VALENTINES CARD

I did find some time though to make a Valentines Card for MOH. And this year unusually a couple more as there was a late request from my dad to send cards to my nieces from him. Which took me back as I remember dad always sending me a card as I was growing up too.

I like to make super simple cards  - simple, but no less effective I think. And this year's Valentines cards were no different. I've shared more on the one I made for MOH in a separate post.

So with the car packed up we left London on a much calmer and Imogen-free evening. Had Storm Imogen still been around we wouldn't have been travelling through her. Someone must have really upset her!

Wednesday we headed over to Birmingham from Norfolk for the Spring Fair, which bills itself as the UK's No 1 Gift and Home Trade event. And it was certainly inspiring. It was at the NEC and every hall there was full of suppliers displaying their wares.  It was the first time I've been and it was useful to see what will be in the shops soon, and I left with a couple of ideas for future purchases myself.

SPARKLY TABLEWARE

SPARKLY TABLEWARE

A TABLE OF YELLOW

A TABLE OF YELLOW

Yesterday the forecasters predicted, would be the "best" day of our time in Norfolk so we grasped the opportunity and headed out on our bikes for the day. It was my first bike ride of the year and we clocked up almost twenty seven miles in glorious weather. Perhaps something shorter might have been more sensible but I can still walk today, so it's ok. 

Our plan was to head towards Brancaster Staithe to the fabulous Fish Shed there to buy fish for dinner. But as the weather was so nice we cycled on to Burnham Market. It's a pretty village, which is usually busy - perhaps it's the time of year, but yesterday was the quietest we've seen it. As luck would have it we arrived around lunchtime and pulled up just outside The Humble Pie.

THE HUMBLE PIE, BURNHAM MARKET

THE HUMBLE PIE, BURNHAM MARKET

After sharing a Ploughman's Pork Pie and a Stilton Pork Pie, as well as a Date slice, washed down with tea from the flask I'd been carrying in my bike's basket, sitting on a bench overlooking The Green it was time to get back on our bikes and head towards The Fish Shed.

We took the road towards Burnham Deepdale where we picked up the A149 for a short distance, purchased some fish, re-loaded the basket and set off towards home. Instead of cycling along the A149 we turned left and headed back up towards cycle route 1, or at least we hoped that's where it'd take us!

It was quite a bit up hill - I tell you, Norfolk's not as flat as they say - and there was a fair bit of grumbling from me on that ascent and some blaming the fish for the extra weight. But we made it up and stumbled upon a place we'd not heard of before in the ten years or so we've been visiting. 

That place was Barrow Common and it immediately reminded us of the New Forest with its scrub of gorse. The views back to the coast though were pure Norfolk.

LOOKING UP TOWARDS BARROW COMMON

LOOKING UP TOWARDS BARROW COMMON

LOOKING DOWN TO BRANCASTER ON THE NORTH NORFOLK COAST

LOOKING DOWN TO BRANCASTER ON THE NORTH NORFOLK COAST

I'm having a rest from the bike today but MOH is out for a long ride - he's said to expect him back in four hours. Tomorrow though we've another bike ride planned and that's likely to be shorter and include a stop off at a pub for lunch. Result.

How's your week been?

Lizzie Somerset

The Reading Residence