Eventually, we found it, and made our way in. We found the cafe in the stables area, and had lunch, then off to do the tour of the open rooms. It was quite interesting, and as with so many of the stately homes, there was one generation that was profligate, and precipitated the family's decline. In this case, it was the wife of one of the owners, he was considered to be 'mad'. As we toured the rooms the sun came out, typical.
Afterwards we explored the grounds and the secret garden, but didn't have the energy to walk to the orangery, so we got in the car, and came back following signs rather than satnav. I cooked a Sainsbo's lasagne, then we relaxed, we were getting used to the bed, and I later discovered it was a memory foam mattress, not to bad for turning over on too. There were more aircraft flying around that night.
The first Tuesday, it looked as if it could be a nice day, so we decided to drive around the North coast to see how far we could get. My eventual aim was Cromer, I had been there about 40 years ago. for a day trip.
|Inside the hall|
|Convenient hidey hole in the library|
|part of secret garden|
We set off relatively early, drove past Hunstanton, then on to Brancaster. We drove down towards the sea, but there wasn't much there at all. There was a bit of a shower so we turned around back to the main road and headed for Wells next the sea. We found a car park,and spent a couple of hours browsing round Wells. Last time we went there, I was still expecting twins. It was one of those days when everything went wrong, so I had developed a dislike of Wells. We didn't make the mile or so trek to the beach, just stayed around the harbour and the town. We found a cafe that did crab sandwiches, so that improved things even more. Wells went right up in my estimation.
|Wells -next- the -sea|
By the time we reached Blakeney, the sky had cleared. My back was too painful for me to walk out to the point, so we wandered around the village, and found somewhere for a cuppa. Refreshed, we walked to the end of the village, then back to the car. We headed back along the Coast road, past many interesting places, but no sign of the first lot of ruins we had seen.