Thursday, 22 June 2017

Burnham Market, Norfolk Pt. 1

Taking a stroll into the village on a Saturday afternoon. The clouds are gathering and it soon rains but from then on our week was blessed with beautiful warm and sunny weather.
Right now almost 4 weeks later sitting at my computer, we are in the middle of a heatwave with temps here in the south hitting mid-nineties. Tarmac melting on some roads and trains slowed down for safety in case the rails are buckling. 

I'm mostly concentrating on the right hand side of the road here as I will be doing this post in 3 parts.

I love these great old book shops

Looking down the main street

Turning back to look at a local farm shop with cyclists taking a coffee break 

This was the most amazing fish shop I have ever been in

Hard to think of anything related to fish that they did not sell

A great mixture of shops here - individual and not chain stores.
Lots of places to drink and eat and here the store seems to go on forever.
In recent times Burnham Market has attracted a significant number of second-home owners, mostly affluent residents of London, and in consequence acquired a somewhat metropolitan atmosphere. Long term local residents often refer to the village as Chelsea-on-sea, after the up-market London district of Chelsea.

The village main street a mixture of shops, residences, businesses and holiday lets.

with a number of side lanes off it

even a lovely village has graffiti 

There is so much more to The Hoste Hotel than one would think from this view (of course having just removed the climbing Ivy from the wall does not help)
The following photos are blurred as I took them off the website, as from the outside one would have no idea of the luxury within.
This village is frequented by celebrities but I am not going to tell you who we saw.
There is also a connection with Admiral Horatio Nelson who as you will see from previous post lived for a time in the house that we stayed in.

The Hoste Hotel is comprised of six individual properties, all of which are situated in the village. The original boutique hotel, the Hoste, sits within an historic building dating back to the 16th century, overlooking the village green.
There are two acclaimed restaurants serving modern British food, a panelled bar, a Beauty Spa and it's own Luxury Cinema.
 Just across the green is the Georgian splendour of Vine House with a further eight luxurious ensuite rooms and a pretty wisteria-clad walled garden, whilst nestled on the edge of the village is Railway House, a former train station that is now home to seven stylish rooms and a Railway Carriage, a unique, vintage-style, romantic hideaway that is perfect for couples.
Although this disused railway station and carriage was 5 minutes from where we were staying, and next to the petrol station where we bought our daily newspaper, I did not realise the significance of it so did not take any photos.

The bedroom in the railway carriage.

For anyone interested (thinking mostly of my American readers) this link will take you to a Burnham webpage

I will be posting more on this interesting village so do come back.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Admiral Lord Nelson and Burnham Thorpe

We found some interesting history connected to our holiday accommodation. (See previous post)
Although we stayed in a modernised apartment, the building was once the retreat of the Father (Edmund) of Admiral Lord Nelson who was the most famous Admiral in the country and mostly known for his connection with The Battle of Trafalgar.
The family owned a farm in Burnham Thorpe, close to Burnham Market. 
Edmund was Rector of a number of village churches.
Horatio Nelson was born in the vicarage in 1756.
He moved into his Father's retreat mid 1790 when he was placed on half pay by the Admiralty and returned home to Burnham Thorpe.
There are Pubs, streets and cities named after him, including 
Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square.
His ship, H.M.S. Victory, is docked in Portsmouth Naval Dockyard and is open to the public.

Village sign

The plaque on the wall of his birthplace, the house being demolished

It is a small but pretty village

All Saints Church where Edmund was a vicar

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Different Faces of Early Summer and Sudden Impulse in the Garden

It's calmer now, but where's the sun?

 Being watched

Having said that I would not be removing any more shrubs from my garden last year, on sudden impulse having pruned the back of these shrubs in order to be able to trim the the Eunonymous on the fence, I decided that there was still too much work involved in maintaining the garden as it was.
I there and then decided to remove all but the Dogwoods from this area and in their place plant more Dogwoods that were easy to maintain. Will work on this through the Summer with Alan's help and our son will dig out the roots when we get to that stage. 

So there and then began

Before I could do anymore the weather changed which was just as well as the Sciatica certainly did not like it!

We had severe wind which the roses did not like

Nor some of the trees

and torrential rain 

Before it settled down and I enjoyed these contrasts in colour

I'll sign out with Love amongst the roses and get back to Norfolk posting next.
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