Sunday Wanderings in Norfolk

After a comfortable sleep in my four-poster-marshmallow, I woke on Sunday morning to find Custard lying on his back, all fours in the air, snoring.

And the boyfriend in much the same position.

Eventually one of them got up and made a couple of cuppas.

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We sat at each end of the bed, chatting in a lazy Sunday stupor.

Until the smell of bacon started wafting under the door.

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We went down to find the lady of the house, Virginia, ready and waiting with a pot of fresh coffee.

We took our places at the dining table and she served up two huge English breakfasts, and all of the morning papers.

Having eaten enough local sausages to feed a small army, we took our coffees out into the garden.

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Is this not the most beautiful conservatory you’ve ever seen?

There’s a fountain in the centre, so all you can hear is trickling, dancing water. The air is filled with the scent of roses and cut grass.

I could happily live inside it.

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Custard and I took to the garden to explore.

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Off the shoulder dress, a cheapie from these chappies!

Who are rocking more than a handful of bargainous summer dress options…

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Gold sandals 

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We were blown away by Sennowe Park. If you have a wedding, or a party to plan, look them up! Alternatively, if you want to stay as BnB guests, as we did, send them a nice email introducing yourself and I’m sure they’d love to have you.

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Keen to see a little more of the local area, we headed towards the coast.

And stopped off for a quick frolic at Norfolk Lavender.

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Row upon row of blossoming, lavender, thick with the smell of wild draw liners.

 

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And absolutely buzzing with fuzzy bumblebees.

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And a couple of other fuzzies.

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Bees are desperately important to all of us.

To find out why, and learn how you can help stop the decline, check this out.

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Next spring, my terrace is getting lavender tubs!

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We drove along the coast, through quaint little villages and rolling countryside.

 

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Jumping out of the car now and then to explore and snap.

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For lunch we stopped at one of the roadside “Fresh Fish, Oysters & Seafood” shacks.

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And tucked into a serious amount of the good stuff!

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We drove past a sign for Wiverton Hall’s fruit farm, and couldn’t resist popping in.

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Armed with baskets, we set off to pick some plump, juicy, British raspberries.

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Though most got snaffled up before they reached the baskets!

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Content with our idillic Sunday, we set off on the drive home.

But got distracted by a sign for antiques… so pulled in at Bayfield Hall.

The antique shop was closed, so we wandered the wild gardens instead.

 

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Stumbling across a wooden shed, housing dozens of field mice.

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^ Teeny tiny field mice!

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I resisted filling my pockets and taking them home.

(Mostly because Custard was eying me suspiciously.)

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And we drove down to London, as the sun began to set.

Norfolk certainly deserves a spot on your To Visit list. It’s staying firmly on mine, and I already can’t wait to go back!

 

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  • You have definitely made me want to visit Norfolk, can’t believe how beautiful and lush it is! What a great day out 🙂 Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

    • Andrea you should come and up and stay at my parents’ house one weekend – I’m literally 6 miles from the Norfolk border; it’s gorgeous round here! xxx

  • Cristina

    Let me tell you I can’t get enough of these beautiful pictures. They’re so beautiful and you look like a princess!! You definitely must have had oen of the bestest days, huh? I wish I could go there someday!

    Cristina, xo // My Cup of Tea

    • I love these photos too! They give off such a happy, carefree, fun-loving vibe – I want some of that! Haha

      Sam xx
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  • Oh it looks absolutely lovely!
    It’s so nice to road trip, especially when there’s so many beautiful spots to pop into on the way home! xo

  • sarah.gouin

    Another beautiful post! It sounds like it was a lovely weekend.

  • Such beautiful pictures and what a magical location! And those mice are just the cutest little munchkins. 🙂

    lepetitfolie

  • Madison

    Amazing post, Rosie!! Gosh, can you imagine having a wedding in that idyllic spot?? Gorgeous.

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  • Your photos make miss the English countryside…and Norfolk has escaped me for sure! Sennowe Park is indeed amazing and I have to tell you that this photo of custard in the lavender field is so good! You should frame it!

  • Lavender is one of my favourite scents, those fields look divine! And that conservatory looks like something out of a photo shoot, so pretty!

  • That lavender field looks absolutely gorgeous! And Custard is so adorable!!

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  • aah you look fab! and it looks amazing there!

    Rachel // Style Soup

  • There are so many beautiful places within the UK, I definitely need to explore more… Norfolk looks wonderful.

    Ekaete x

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  • Wow what a beautiful place, one I have never thought about visiting before. What an increible wedding you could have there! *dreams*

    xxx
    Lyndsey
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  • I’ve always wanted to go to a lavender field! How amazing!

    Xx Casey
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  • Kate

    What an amazing weekend – all of the lavender fields were so beautiful! I had never seen white lavender before!

    Kate

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  • Absolutely perfect! I adore the BnB you stayed at – will be adding that to my list for when I am across the pond next.
    Brittney
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  • Oh my goodness, that hotel looks like something out of a fairy tale! Such gorgeous photos amongst the lavender too. I so want to explore Norfolk! xxx

  • Polly Cat

    Looks absolutely beautiful, the conservatory is gorgeous! Like something out of a fairy tale 🙂 You had a very English Sunday! I’ve never been to Norfolk, but I keep on hearing so many good things about it, I’d love to visit. x

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  • Ah! So quaint and serene!

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  • What a perfect Sunday! I live very near Norfolk and I can’t wait to explore more of it; it really is such a beautiful setting and there’s SO much to do!

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

  • Aaaaww I think I have to visit Norfolk. I love your posts.

  • Beautiful photos and thanks for mentioning that tidbit about the bees. I think that’s very important and something I’m passionate about too. 🙂

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  • Beth Schofield

    Sounds like your stay remained just as, if not more lovely than it began. Norfolk is truly beautiful isn’t it!? Many family holidays have taken place there and I’m desperate to go back sometime soon, maybe with just the boyfriend this time. Beth x

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  • Girl in Pretty Dress

    What a wonderful post, and such beautiful photos! I love that you included a message about bees in there as well – a very worthwhile reminder. As you’re a seafood girl, like me, I thought you might also like to know about an app called ‘the good fish guide’ (http://www.fishonline.org/information/Pocket+goodfishguide) – which helps you figure out how to get your fill of seafood in a way that won’t be damaging to the oceans.

    So happy I found your blog – it’s a lovely read.
    Sara x
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  • Such an amazing and pretty place! I will have it on my list for holidays!! Your dress if very cute!! xoxo

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  • Geena

    “Four poster marshmallow”- this sounds like my kind of place!

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  • You could almost be in France with the lavenders and beautiful countryside – oh it makes you love the British countryside! Beautiful images as always, the camera is a dream

    Lauren x

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  • I say this every time you do these types of posts, but gorgeous photos!

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  • What a lovely weekend away! I want to go to a lavender farm so badly, I need to find one nearby!

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • Ashlee

    Those lavender fields look amazing!!

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  • This looks like such a lovely weekend – especially that accommodation! I love lavender too, it’s just the most wonderful scent.
    xx Silje | Fauna Lou

  • Beautiful photos, love the shots in the lavender.
    Amber
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  • I’m so excited you went to Cley & Wiveton Hall, we visit this neck of the woods a lot as my Mother-In-Law has a place down there, it’s kind of like a 2nd home to us! The cafe at Wiveton Hall also serve fab lunches. Love your white dress Rosie.

    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Absolutely beautiful. You got some good British weather too. My Alfie (the Maltese) stands on his back legs like that too what he is looking over a wall. It’s so cute.

    Katie x

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  • Such a lovely summer dress Rosie, very pretty! Love the lavendar field pics, it’s inspired me to go visit our lavendar fields in Jersey! x Jersey Girl x http://www.jerseygirl.co

  • The other night my cat brought a field mouse into the house, toyed with and tortured it before eating the poor thing whole. I was uncomfortable about it, but I also dont like to get in the way of nature, so it was a new experience to say the least lol.

  • fiveby10eighty3

    Awww you looked so cute! And I wouldn’t blame you for eating the raspberries–I can only imagine how delicious they are–we don’t have it here! 🙁

  • Oh my goodness this place looks so dreamy, like something straight out of a book! The photos are stunning as usual!

    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

  • It looks so so beautiful. That Lavender field was basically made for taking photos in! Likewise with the meadows!
    Katie <3

  • What a GORGEOUS post! Beautiful photos, and now I’m dying to visit Norfolk. So lovely!

  • English countryside is gorgeous! Confirmed! ( I knew it was confirmed long time ago!)
    Enjoy your time in the Caribbean! I visited Guadeloupe (about 300 km from St. Lucia) in May and it was a truly fabulous week! (and a break from the English weather!). I will stop here before I start using vocab that requires censorship! 😉 The weather. The English weather I mean. 😉

  • You have made me very homesick, as I am from about 10 miles away from where you were staying. It really is that beautiful and I was very lucky to grow up there!

  • michela ampolo

    This place is amazing 🙂

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  • This is a beautiful getaway post! The UK is filled with such gems! Also have you thought about visiting the Scottish Highlands? I am thinking of going but i have hardly seen any blogger posts about them! xx

  • Custard!! <3

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  • Ashley

    How absolutely gorgeous! Sennowe Park looks like a dream! And I can just imagine how divine those lavender fields smelled!

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  • What a gorgeous weekend away! It certainly does look like the most perfect Sunday!

    Gemma x
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  • templetravel

    Just lovely…and the little dog adds the ‘cute’ factor! Pip

  • Fleur

    Love that you visited Norfolk! and you drove through my village 🙂 Next time you come you should definitely try a boat trip to see the seals, Im sure custard would love the wind in his fur too. x

  • Rozella Marina

    All your pictures captures Norfolk beautifully!
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  • Natalia Spyridaki

    In love with all the dresses in the “suggestions” thing! lol Lovely post as always. x

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  • Looks like such a fun, beautiful day!!
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  • What a nice weather, lucky you all! This place looks like a dream! Beautiful pictures as always.

    Bisous

    Céline from Larry & Co.

  • Queenie Lee

    The lavender fields look gorgeous and that seafood look divine! Raspberry picking looks fun too 😀

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  • About to go to Norfolk for the first time and can’t wait after reading this! So much beauty in the UK x

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  • wow it looks gorgeous there. The perfect city escape.

    Love the pic of custard running through the field, the perfect shot 😉

    Mel x

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  • mollie

    Looks so lovely and peaceful!

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  • Stunning photos. I would love to visit Norfolk as I have never been. As beautiful as always Rosie x

  • Wow, it looks so amazing, and now I’m dying to go!

  • mycitymylondon

    My oh My those Lavender fields are pretty awesome! Laven it:)

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  • This is my kind of short break from the beautiful location to the fruit picking. Gorgeous picture of Custard in the lavender field.

  • Looks like you had an amazing time! and I love, love, love your outfit x

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  • WOW this is so beautiful! I would love to take a road trip here next time I go to London.

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  • I wish there were places like this closer to where I live!! Just another excuse to more and travel I Guess!! I love that you can take custard with you as well. <3

  • According to these pictures, Norfolk looks like a fairy tale! And you look just like a princess! Thanks for sharing!

  • Kate

    I’ve never been to Norfolk. I had an idea it was a pretty place and your photos certainly confirm that. The hotel looks absolutely amazing – and that photo of Custard in the lavender is the cutest thing ever! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  • Custard vs. field mice. That would have been most amusing. I doubt he would have hurt any of them, just chased them round and given them a fright.
    Cheers!
    Rebecca
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  • I live in Norfolk but somehow seem to have missed these amazing spots! Next time you should swing by Norwich, always lots going on!

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  • Hi Rosie!

    I’ve been missing your update since yours is the first site I would get on as soon as I got home. Can’t wait for your next post.

    In the mean time, came across this temporary theme park in UK, “Dismaland” and I think it will be utterly refreshing to see your take on it~ Loving the Norfolk post, especially the one with you and Custard overlooking the scenery. Keep up the great work! x

    Love,
    KC

  • Wonderful photos as always! I love lavender too, I have a tonne in my front garden, have just planted more out the back and round the sides. Plus I have the Hitchin Lavender Farm virtually on my doorstep!

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  • Those lavender fields…wow x

  • Wonderful pictures Rosie, as always. I was wondering which camera you are using at the moment? Is it still the Sony RX100?

  • Love these photos, absolutely beautiful!
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  • Amy Lau

    Awh this looks idyllic. Made me want to go to Norfolk to swan around in those lavender fields too!

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  • The English countryside looks gorgeous! I loved what bits and pieces I saw on my drive from London to Oxford. I can’t wait to return to the UK!
    -Claire
    tallgirlbigworld.com