Friday, 14 December 2012


The Barn Owl (Tyto alba) is the most widely distributed species of owl, and one of the most widespread of all birds. It is also referred to as Common Barn Owl. The Barn Owl is a pale, long-winged, long-legged owl with a short squarish tail. Generally a medium-sized owl,The Barn Owl measures about 25–50 cm (9.8–20 in) in overall length, with a wingspan of some 75–110 cm (30–43 in)

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Monday, 19 November 2012


The deer herd in Holkham Park, North Norfolk.
The wonderful Beach Huts at Wells-next-Sea on Norfolks North Coast take on a sunny November deay.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012


Sparham Pools lies in the Upper Wensum Valley near the villages of Lyng and Sparham, the site of former gravel workings that have been flooded to form deep and shallow pools with islands. The result is a very attractive and interesting site with a number of vantage points providing the opportunity to observe the pools and their rich and varied habitats. The reserve, leased to NWT, is popular with birdwatchers as it attracts a number of waders and waterfowl. Sand martin and kingfisher nest in the banks and common terns breed on the islands. Dragonflies and damselflies flourish including red-eyed damselflies and butterflies such as the purple hairstreak and green hairstreak. The area has a mix of birch, gorse and willow scrub with woodland supporting a rich variety of plant species including hound’s tongue and evening primrose. Further details from Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Friday, 2 November 2012


Guy Fawkes (13 April 1570 – 31 January 1606), Fawkes was born and educated in York. His father died when Fawkes was eight years old, after which his mother married a recusant Catholic. Fawkes later converted to Catholicism and left for the continent, where he fought in the Eighty Years' War on the side of Catholic Spain against Protestant Dutch reformers. He travelled to Spain to seek support for a Catholic rebellion in England but was unsuccessful. The plotters secured the lease to an undercroft beneath the House of Lords, and Fawkes was placed in charge of the gunpowder they stockpiled there. Prompted by the receipt of an anonymous letter, the authorities searched Westminster Palace during the early hours of 5 November, and found Fawkes guarding the explosives. Over the next few days, he was questioned and tortured, and eventually he broke. Immediately before his execution on 31 January, Fawkes jumped from the scaffold where he was to be hanged and broke his neck, thus avoiding the agony of the mutilation that followed. Fawkes became synonymous with the Gunpowder Plot, the failure of which has been commemorated in England since 5 November 1605. His effigy is traditionally burned on a bonfire, commonly accompanied by a firework display.

Thursday, 1 November 2012


Denver windmill was built in 1835, replacing an earlier post mill which was marked on the 1824 Ordnance Survey map. In 1896, James Gleaves made a Deed of Assignment and the mill was offered for sale by auction at the Crown Hotel, Downham Market but was withdrawn from sale at the auction. The mill was later bought by Thomas Harris, who had previously run the post mill at Southery. On 22 February 1908, the mill was damaged in a gale and put out of action. Thomas Harris died in 1925 and left the mill to his son Thomas, who continued to work it by wind and a diesel engine, which had replaced the earlier steam engine. The mill was struck by lightning in 1939 and a sail was damaged, but this was repaired. In 1941, the curb was damaged, ending the use of wind power.[2] Milling continued by a Blackstone diesel engine until 1969 when Thomas Harris died.
Saint Mary’s Church, Denver.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012


A visit to National trusts Sheringham Park produced a few autumn colours with the sunshine.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

BARN OWL (Tyto alba)

With heart-shaped face, buff back and wings and pure white underparts, the barn owl is a distinctive and much-loved countryside bird. Widely distributed across the UK, and indeed the world, this bird has suffered declines through the 20th century and is thought to have been adversely affected by organochlorine pesticides such as DDT in the 1950s and '60s. Nocturnal birds like the barn owl are poorly monitored by the Breeding Bird Survey and, subject to this caveat, numbers may have increased between 1995-2008.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

WELLS - next - the- SEA

Wells-next-the-Sea, known locally simply as Wells, is a town, civil parish and seaport situated on the North Norfolk coast in England.


Turf Fen drainage mill. This was built by Yarmouth millwright, William Rust around 1875 to drain Horning marshes into the River Ant. Although the tower only had two floors, it was 31' high with a Norfolk style boat shaped cap, four double shuttered sails and a six bladed fantail. The mill ceased working around the 1920s when cattle no longer grazed the marshes.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Tuesday, 9 October 2012


Bintry Mill is set in a valley along with its farm at one end of the flood pain and stands in magnificent isolation a mile from the village of Bintree. The mill and house are adjoining and used to share the same roof line until an additional floor was added to the mill around the turn of the century. Both buildings are of red brick under a Norfolk pantiled roof. The mill may well stand on the site of an earlier mill dating back to 1454.


Low tide at Morston Quay.

Monday, 8 October 2012


The beautiful coastal village of Blakeney on the North Norfolk Coast.

Friday, 28 September 2012


Christmas cards are now on sale, new designs with "Seasons Greetings" inside. Only £1-50 each. Mix N Match any 4 for £5.