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I will pick a name at random from everyone who leaves a comment - you have a good chance of winning because I don't have many regular commenters!! Actual sending of the prize might have to wait until I can unpack some of my relevant hobby stash from storage, but I will contact the winner to arrange delivery - make sure I can email you as some people have their Blogger profile set to 'no email'. Good luck!!
We've just come back from a week's holiday in Norfolk, staying on the edge of the Broads in a little coastal village called Winterton-on-Sea which is north of Great Yarmouth. The Norfolk Broads to me are inextricably linked to the Arthur Ransome books about children exploring and sailing there (part of the 'Swallows and Amazons' series) but rather depressingly when I mentioned this fact at work to my much-younger colleagues, I received a blank look from all but one because apparently I am officially too old and the books I devoured as a child are now more ancient than dinosaur bones.
We had a lovely week and were very lucky with the weather, as it only got ferociously hot towards the end of the week before turning into big thunderstorms on our last night. DS came too on the promise that he didn't have to go sightseeing and that there would be broadband. We kept our promise, so he was very pleased with his holiday as he spent almost the entire week at the kitchen table in the cottage, gaming with friends online. He did come out for a morning of canoeing on the Broads with us, we made it from Sutton Staithe to Wayford Bridge and back (6 miles) without capsizing and with minimal blisters. He even went swimming in the sea with DH, which was more than I was prepared to do as it was too cold and too windy for me, although I did enjoy sitting on the beach.
When we arrived in Winterton, the first thing I did was walk back to the Village Hall where the thriving local quilt group was having an exhibition. I liked this tabletopper by Pat whose blurb said the pattern came from America - I shall have to look for it.
The rest of the week we went out exploring every day and saw lots of great things, had some lovely meals, and did fairly well for shopping as well. Norwich takes the prize for craft shops as they had no less than three knitting shops: Crafty Ewe and Norfolk Yarns which were good sized knitting shops with a good range of yarns, and a large stall in Norwich Market selling a range of acrylic yarns. I had a good look but didn't buy anything apart from some pretty blue buttons in Norfolk Yarns. Norwich seems to be a lovely historic town and we would like to go back for a weekend some time and visit more of the sights and museums. Also in Norwich is Sew Creative but we visited their larger shop in Wroxham Barns which stocks a big selection of quilting fabrics - I enjoyed picking out a few fabrics which I hope will make good accent cushions for our new window seat cushion.
We had an enjoyable morning in Great Yarmouth, shunning the tacky seaside amusements in favour of the excellent museums: Time and Tide where they had adult dressing up clothes - yay! and we learned all about the history of the herring fisheries, the Potteries museum across the street in a delicious-smelling old herring smokehouse, the English Heritage Row House and Merchant's House, and the Nelson museum. The Silver Darling cafe at the Time and Tide museum had stunningly good food, with probably the best creme brulee either of us has ever had in our lives - all handmade in house by the Portuguese owners.