Before Christmastide draws to a close I thought I’d better write something about what we managed to do over the past few weeks.
This is the Advent Crown that Elinor and I made this Christmas. The first candle was lit on the first Sunday in Advent.
The 1st of December began with a frost (we had many frosty and foggy days in December) but by the time I had driven Elinor into Norwich for her afternoon classes at college it had clouded over and had become a little milder. The light wasn’t really good enough for photographs but the city had recently put it’s decorations up and was looking festive, though these photos make it look rather gloomy!
During the whole month, unless I got to the city before 9.00 am, I was unable to find a parking space in any of the car-parks. Norwich Council would like their visitors to arrive by train, bus, bike or on foot and don’t make it at all easy for car drivers. There is very little public transport from where I live so we have to drive into town. There are ‘park and ride’ places on the outskirts of the city but an acquaintance of mine queued for ages to get into the car-park and then waited an age with crowds of other shoppers for a bus which was full before he got to it! He returned home without doing his shopping. I have discovered a roadside parking area near to the college where I get two hours free parking and which is only a fifteen minute walk away from the city centre! This is where I had parked that day. I had coffee and a sandwich in a café and did some Christmas shopping and then made my way back to my car.
The Coachmaker’s Arms
This former coaching inn is on St Stephen’s Road and was built in the 17th century on the site of an asylum. The pub is said to be haunted.
An attractive frieze outside the pub showing what the inn might have looked like when first built. It was near one of the many city gates
For most of the month, Richard was still unable to drive any distance and was very bored being at home all the time. On the 2nd of December he joined Elinor and me in the car and after I had dropped Elinor off at college just before 9.00 am we drove to the north Norfolk coast and spent the morning in Cromer.
The tide was in. Looking westward.
Looking towards the east.
This is a photo of a very tame Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) who had decided that a good living can be made by following visitors about and eating food crumbs. It behaved just like a feral pigeon!
We were so surprised to see this bird at such close quarters! Normally they keep their distance from humans and find worms and molluscs etc. on the shore.
There was a large amount of spray coming off the sea
The sand and stones on the promenade show how high a recent tide had been
Boats out at sea
An off-shore wind-farm
Richard walking towards the beach changing rooms
After walking along the front we then visited the pier.
View from the pier
Looking back towards the town
We visited the Lifeboat station at the end of the pier
Part of one of the boards listing all their call-outs. I chose this because I was born in 1958
This is one of the war-time boards
Richard in one of the shelters on the pier
‘The Wellington’ – one of the pubs in the town
Returning home from shopping the following week, Elinor and I marvelled at the beauty of this misty sunset
Christmas flower arrangement around the font at our church at Rumburgh
Richard and I had a lot to do at church this Christmas. At the beginning of the month we had an Advent Carol Service with all our favourite Advent hymns and Advent readings. Usually we have a Carols and Capers service with the local Morris group and their friends at the beginning of the season but sadly they were unable to organise it this time. We had a Christmas Carol service on the 21st of December and then our church hosted the Midnight Mass service on Christmas Eve too.
I had made an Advent Crown for church too
We went for a walk on Westleton Heath on Boxing Day
The gorse (Ulex europaeus) was in flower
In the autumn this area of heather is a rich purple colour
Alice, Elinor and Phil, Alice’s boyfriend who stayed with us this Christmas
Phil up a tree
Richard, walking without a stick now!
Trees on the heathland as dusk fell
Melting frost on the outside of my bedroom window
These following photos were taken by Richard in our garden that same morning.
Hoar frost on a Hogweed seedhead
Hoar frost on rose leaves
Our big pond
Frost and fog
Frost and fog
Richard and I went out for a walk across the fields on New Year’s Eve. The weather was very gloomy and I didn’t find much to photograph.
View across the fields
View across the fields
Yet another view! Note the large toadstool – bottom right of the photo.
The large fungus!
And that was my December which also included Christmas celebrations with much cooking and baking, a lot of driving about, lots of shopping and an amazing amount of housework!
Thanks for visiting!