The Three Rivers Race 2023

The Three Rivers Race on the Norfolk waterways. 50 rivers, 3 bridges, 24 hours. The toughest inland sailing race in Europe.

What a weekend for this race; beautiful conditions, sun and a breeze saw the first Thames Rater to cross the finish line at around 7.55pm.

The first three photographs show three Yeomans out in front as they came past Cockshoot Broad. Scroll down to see the Thames Raters (including the first across the finish line), River Cruisers, and Production Cruisers. Look out for yourself and your friends or family.

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These images are in low resolution. I haven’t been able to identify everyone so please feel free to fill in the gaps for me. Names and positions as taken from Horning Sailing Club results list. Any mistakes please forgive me, and feel free to correct.

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The Norfolk Punts

River Cruisers

TMOR 2023

Fabulous sunshine at the Thurne Mouth Open Regatta this year. I hope you enjoy my photographs. The first gallery is in colour, please scroll down to see black and white.

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See you at the Three Rivers Race next weekend!

Evening wanderings in Norwich

When the sun goes down in the city, it’s a beautiful sight to behold. Usually I post my pictures from my evening wanderings on Twitter, but it occurred to me that I should post them here too. It gives me an easier record to refer back to, and of course, it’s a pleasure to show them to you.

If you don’t know Norwich, it is a stunning mediaeval city in the east of England. With oodles of history to enjoy: two cathedrals, a castle, an old city wall, and many boom towers. Its lifeblood is the River Wensum, a chalk river. Norwich is known as the City of Stories, following its appointment as the UNESCO City of Literature.

Norwich Cathedral is my favourite place in all the city to photograph. I can’t even count how many pictures I have taken of it over the years. For me it is the rock of the city (made from Caen rock as it happens), standing strong through wars, plagues, floods and more. I look to it as a sign of enduring hope and love.

I hope you will enjoy these pictures. I tend to use my phone camera on evening wanders instead of my DSLR.

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Acle Regatta 2023

Fabulous blue skies and a powerful breeze set the scene for the Acle Regatta 2023. Beautiful river cruisers and plenty of action. Enjoy the photos!

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May Gurney and Deal Ground Site update 18 May 2023

I attended the public consultation presentation at the Forum on Tuesday. The consultation at Manor Rooms Trowse has been reported in the EDP today, where locals expressed their opinions about the extra volume of traffic the new development will attract. The destruction of the riverbanks was not mentioned in the report, but you can read an update from South Norfolk Council below.

The final consultation is today via Zoom 6-8pm visit the Deal Consultation website to register. If you haven’t already taken a look at the plans, please do so via the above site and make your views known.

The following information has been obtained from South Norfolk Council.

Point 1

Outline permission was granted in July 2013 (application ref: 2011/0152)  for the redevelopment of the Deal Ground & May Gurney for 670 dwellings, local centre, access bridge over the River Yare, roads, landscaping, flood risk management measures, landscaping and biodiversity enhancements. Equivalent permissions were granted by both South Norfolk Council and Norwich City Council as the site crosses the district boundary although May Gurney is wholly within South Norfolk. While the outline permission includes conditions relating to tree protection, no detailed plans have been approved and so the planning permission has not yet been implemented. This means that there has not been any breach of the outline conditions relating to tree protection etc.

Point 2

While the May Gurney site is outside of any conservation area and there are no tree preservation orders (TPO) in place, there are TPOs on the Deal Ground which is within the City Council’s boundary. It is now known that at least one tree covered by a TPO was felled on the Deal Ground and the City Council is separately considering enforcement action in response to this.

Points 3 & 4

Our officers’ site visit has confirmed that there is Japanese knotweed on the May Gurney site (it is also present on the Deal Ground). The landowner has now provided the knotweed management plan that was produced by their licensed contractors. Our environmental protection team confirm that the methodology set out is in line with best practice. However, it is noted that this methodology does not include the need to remove any nearby trees but recommends the chemical treatment of JKW plants in situ. The information submitted confirms that this treatment regime is ongoing.  

Point 5

We have had discussions with wildlife officers from Norfolk Police regarding the removal of these trees during the nesting season. While it is likely that the removal of so many trees and bushes at this time of year would have destroyed active nests, the Police can only take further action where they have direct evidence of nesting birds. Our own tree officers inspected the site during their visit but, unfortunately, it had been so extensively cleared that this evidence was not present. The police are now considering the licensed contractors initial site surveys and have advised me that they will be contacting them separately to discuss further.

Point 6

The Forestry Commission visited the site on 28 April with tree officers from South Norfolk and Norwich City Councils. They confirmed that the volume of trees removed well exceeded that which would have required a felling licence and they served a Stop Felling Notice covering Deal Ground & May Gurney on the same day. The Commission are now carrying out further inspections to calculate the volume of trees removed and will advise us of any further action that they may take as a result. .

And finally, this statement from Lanpro’s website who are planning consultants for the Deal ground site.

“Lanpro provided specialist advice to secure a reduction in affordable housing provision.”

Trowse site update 10 May 2023

The EDP have today posted a report on the 670 homes plans for the Deal ground and May Gurney sites.

You can read the report here.

Public consultations are being held on the dates below.

It is really important that as many people as possible attend these consultations, particularly in light of the tree destruction and wildlife removal during nesting season at this site, recently carried out by the developers – Serruys.

The first public consultation is at The Forum between 4pm and 8pm on Tuesday, May 16 and the second is the following day Wednesday May 17 at Manor Rooms in Trowse between midday and 5pm

The final session will be online via Zoom between 6pm and 8pm on Thursday, May 18. Register here

Below you can see images of how the site looked before and after the destruction of the trees and riverside foliage, leading to the removal of Kingfishers, birds and otters.

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Norfolk Silk Prints

Something new from my Norfolk print collection. I love to find different ways of displaying my photography, so I hope you will enjoy these familiar Norfolk views printed on a silk scarf and framed.

Perfect for anyone who loves Norfolk, ideal to give as gifts. Choose from Cromer Pier, the Lifeboat Horse at the Port of Wells, Cley Windmill, Holkham through the dunes and Blakeney.

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Holkham Beach in Black and White

I promised myself I would do more mono prints in 2023, and the collection is growing. Black and white is always more atmospheric, moody, and dramatic. Norfolk’s big skies and scenery certainly lend themselves to it.

The wintry shots were taken at Holkham. It was a freezing, wild wintry day, but you soon forget how your cheeks are burning with the icy temperatures when your eyes are feasting on the drama of those big Norfolk skies.

Summertime is a different vibe, with soft sandy dunes and marram grass swaying gently in the breeze. Endless golden sands and those big Norfolk skies.

Holkham is always a difficult beach to leave. Many a time I find myself sprinting back to the car park before my ticket runs out.

This is where Shakespeare in Love was filmed, (plus many other films I am sure). It’s also where the Household Calvary enjoy their summer camp. One of these days I will catch them out riding on the beach. There are many fantastic photographs of them online, so take a look.

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Tidal Reflections at Holkham
A Wild Wintry Day
Wild and Free at Holkham
Winter Tide at Holkham
Into the Horizon
Through the Dunes
The Tranquil Majesty of Holkham Beach

Something new for the merry month of May!

Handy new notebooks with 80 lined pages inside. Light and easy to take with you. Enjoy the Norfolk Coast views – all photography and design by MyriadLifePhoto. Scroll down to see Blakeney, Cromer and the sand ripples at Wells-next-the-sea.

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Check out the offer for May here.