Thursday, 30 October 2014

West Acre

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We heard a rumour that you could walk around a lake at West Acre. It's not true.

Being familiar with Castle Acre, we go there for a little walk and a good dose of fresh air but had never really thought of trying the other 'Acres'. After a perusal of a map we thought we knew how to drive there but we did a couple of laps of the village before settling on somewhere to park.

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It's lovely to walk along the lanes and along the grassy footpaths to the two fords, then weaving through the woodland (look, more mushrooms!).

We've dropped by a couple of times as we enjoyed it so much. Sadly, it seems that people who fail to clean up after their dogs also like the place which makes it stink in the heat (that's over now, but still means you have to watch where you tread).

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More to come from near here again soon and that's a good thing.

Sophie

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The spy who sh*gged me

Dressed as Austin Powers

I'll put this one down as the time I accidentally dressed as Austin Powers.

The wool skirt was a find quite recently, it's a bold electric blue which caught my eye and I had to buy it. Winter skirts are a winner for me and I own precious few minis; mini skirts used to be a young teenage staple for me and I kind of miss wearing fun little skirts all the time.

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It started so well; new skirt, fairly co-ordinating blue knee socks with trusty brown boots. The cream pussybow blouse is a favourite of mine, the floaty material and sleeves are right up my street. Knowing it would be cool out (a few weeks ago when it was cool and not mind-numbingly freezing) I absent-mindedly reached for my precious navy velvet jacket, thinking oh it's blue so it'll be appropriate.... We're walking through town when Chris asks why I've dressed as Austin Powers, way too late to do anything about it!

Dressed as Austin Powers

Being me, I kinda love it but since when have I been one for convention?

Sophie

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Stiffkey from Wells-Next-The-Sea | The Norfolk Coast Path

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We've done a lot of walking lately. Taking a few hours at the weekend to just slow down, breathe in some fresh air and drink in the scenery at a steady pace on foot is invaluable. In Norfolk we're very lucky to have plenty of well walked paths and trails (although never enough in my book, but that's perhaps just me being demanding again) with the Norfolk coast path being a significant route following the coastline.

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Usually when we visit Wells-Next-The-Sea we mooch through the high street down to the harbour then straight down to the sand and along as far as Holkham sometimes. It's not often we take the coast path East.

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Back in September we thought we'd ring the changes and take the walk from Wells to Stiffkey. The wind blew away the cobwebs and the fresh sea air left us feeling more tired than usual – is that a myth or is there some logic behind it?

Once we arrived at Stiffkey there was nothing for it but to turn around and walk back again, what else.

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Sophie

Monday, 27 October 2014

Degustabox September 2014 in review

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Better late than never, it's my review of the September Degustabox (which did arrive right in the dying moments of the month). So what was in the box? Let me tell you:

Bahlsen Pick up bars

The multipacks have 5 bars in each and each bar was a generous size. My favourite were the the black n whites but the milk chocolate ones were great too.

Little Miracles organic teas

The lemongrass tea was one I kind of didn't want to try as it sounded a little spicy but in fact it was delicious! The gingeryness really made for a revitalising drink, which I don't know if it does hold any miraculous cure for anything but certainly tasted thoroughly enjoyable. Thee green tea flavour one is still in the fridge awaiting testing...

Righteous salad dressings

The first one I tried was the raspberry & sweet basil dressing (eaten with a chicken salad) and it was a little sweeter than I'm used to but it grew on me very quickly and it's one I would go for again. The lemon & mustard seed dressing was more traditional and very nice. Blue cheese is something I'll be leaving in the cupboard, perhaps forever...

Elizabeth Shaw dark chocolate mint thins

Not my bag, so I allowed C to polish these off alone, which he obliged in double quick time. That would be a thumbs up then.

Crabbies lemonade with a twist of ginger

Oh my, this was delicious! What is happening to me, loving all things gingery lately?! I thought this might be too strong but no, it was gorgeous and I'm hoping to pick up some more soon.

Jordans Simply Granola

I really don't like the idea of granola; to me it's like eating gravel so I'm not going to try this until I've run out of everything else in the cupboards. Just being honest.

Crabbies fruits

I was sent the lemon one and I've not yet tried it. If I'd got the black cherry or rhubarb flavours I'd have drunk it a couple of weeks ago but lemon isn't tempting me quite so much.

Burts lentil waves

The sour cream and chives were the first choice and were perfect, crispy and tasty! Then I went for the sweet chilli which I liked just as much but last choice was the lightly salted... nah not for me.

Carnation cook with it

I'm dubious about what to do with this... it says for using instead of cream. I barely use cream (and only in minute quantities at that) so this may also gather dust in our cupboard...

La Vieja Fabrica Marmalade

This is the marmalade of choice for us already and my parents too. It's super scrummy and not going to break the bank. You can't get a better recommendation than that.

As usual I was pretty impressed with the contents of the Degustabox!

Sophie