02
Feb-2011

Our Family Get Together – On The Norfolk Broads

We managed to catch a week with our girls who are now studying in the UK and after spending most of our last trip driving between Oxford and Windsor we decided to base ourselves on the Norfolk Broads and let the kids visit us!

So we choose a place on the river at Wroxham – my childhood memories came flooding back – it was 40 years ago when I last visited and delightfully, it had hardly changed

Sail Loft is a refurbished boat shed that offers superb accommodation and although outside it was freezing, inside it was toasty!  The added bonus is that the house comes with its own “Day Boat” so we got wrapped up and cruised the rivers and broadlands.

Claire really enjoyed being at the wheel

Kathy and her boyfriend Alex also took their turn

Which gave Sue & I time to relax a little

The variety of birds we saw were amazing

Herons were flying around or just standing around – this chap balanced on one leg!

Canada Geese were floating up and down

Little Coots were acting cute!

And Gray Lag Geese were also in abundance – they have a really unusual habit of all facing the same way at all times – if one of the group turns – they all turn!

Seagulls were always up for a bit of bread – we spoiled them here – they were following our boat catching pieces of doughnut

It was a great week and we saw some great wildlife, admired some delightful scenery and quaint villages.  We ate some wonderful food, drank some pretty good wine (although the price of wine came as a bit of a shock!) and the best bit of all – spending time with Kathy & Claire – and Alex!

BACK HOME TO THE SUNSHINE !

It was  foggy, very cold and rainy when we left Stansted on Wednesday 2nd, bound for Alicante – but 2 hours later we arrived,  greeted by a temperature of 16 degrees and clear blue sky!

As soon as we arrived back it was straight out with the dogs up onto the foothills of Coll de Rates – Norfolk was great but it’s good to be home!

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