The Norfolk broads aren’t only beautiful in summer, they have their charms all year round.
On a recent visit to Barton Turf, I pondered as to why people don’t take their boats out in winter too. There is so much to see and the vast Norfolk skies are spectacular all year round. You can see so much wildlife: owls, swans, geese, birds of prey, and sometimes, if you are really lucky… an otter.
I know the skies look threatening in the pictures above, but all you have to do is wear the right gear to fend off the raindrops and wind.
We discovered the boardwalk to Barton Turf broad this weekend. Such vast waters in which to enjoy the sky reflections. A magical and peaceful spot. I can’t wait to return as spring develops. It’s easy to access via wheelchair. I also spotted metal signs in braille.
Dogs aren’t allowed, other than assist dogs, so bear that in mind if you are visiting. I think this is because of concerns for the wildlife. I know this may upset some dog owners, but I’m sure they would appreciate that not all are responsible.
If you are planning to take photographs, I would recommend visiting early morning or late afternoon. This is when you will get the best light, and you are likely to see and hear more wildlife.
Stop, enjoy the peace. Take time to listen out for birdcall. The Norfolk Broads are made to be loved and appreciated.
Barton is the second largest of the Norfolk Broads at 0.6332 square miles, the largest broad in the Ant Valley. You can read more details about it here at NorfolkBroads.com
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New daily planners for 2023 have just been released in my Amazon store.
Norfolk scenes feature on the covers so you can enjoy your favourite Norfolk view every day. The current collection includes: Wells-next-the-sea, Stiffkey, Winterton-on-sea, Cromer, Salthouse and Blakeney. There are also Norfolk seals, and the beautiful and rare Swallowtail butterfly to enjoy.
Inside are 365 pages ready for you to fill in your daily schedule and priorities. Note important meetings or dates. Journal your water intake and what you eat. A handy way to note your moods and feelings too, what you are excited or grateful for. Keep an eye on the weather too.
The softback cover and internal pages are very tactile and the size (8.5x 11″) practical.
Ideal for personal or work use.
Perfect gift for anyone who loves Norfolk or go ahead and treat yourself. Click on the images below to buy. The link will take you to my Amazon store.
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Lost in Norfolk -lost in the beauty, the skies, the beaches, the atmosphere.
When I say “Lost in Norfolk”, what I mean is “lost in the beauty of this incredible county.” Lost in the big skies, the never-ending coastline, lost in the bountiful Norfolk Broads, lost in the romance and joy of it all. That’s what “Lost in Norfolk” really means.
You only need the compass to give you your true bearings… or to find your way to the places you love most!
When I visited Norfolk as a child, I had an immediate sense of feeling at home. Little did I know I would end up living here, but it seemed like the most natural place in the world for me to be.
For some reason, I knew I wanted to leave Cambridge (my place of birth). For some reason, it never felt right to me. It isn’t that I didn’t have a happy childhood and I did enjoy my teens there, but there was never the sense of real belonging that I feel here.
In my office there hangs a picture of me as a baby, dangling on my father’s knee in a Norfolk park, which I feel sure is Eaton Park. I think we may have stopped off there on the way to the coast. When I discovered the photograph, it became clear why I felt so at ease in Norfolk.
There were lots of visits to Norfolk over the years. My cousin came to UEA, and I visited her on many a weekend. Then, eventually, the pull became too much to resist, and I moved to Norfolk and lived happily ever after.
There is always something new to discover, to learn, to revel in here in Norfolk. It’s a place to lose yourself in and find yourself. The only place I have ever felt truly free.
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Prints of the Jarrold Bridge over the River Wensum in Norwich by Sally Lloyd.
Jarrold Bridge curving over the Wensum in springtime. The ancient flint and brick archway leading to the modern, both surrounded by lush greenery.
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A new addition for my River Wensum gallery – the Jarrold Bridge. This bridge is the next to feature in my River Wensum series. If you love Norwich and wish to see and learn more about the Wensum please subscribe below to get regular updates.
I don’t usually sell prints directly from this website, but each print comes with a link directing you to my gallery at Photo4Me who are a trusted supplier (I have used for many years). They can give you a better choice of formats and sizes than I am able to.
At the time of writing this, Photo4Me are giving 20% off all art (until 6th June 2022) and they also give free UK delivery and free UK returns.
This is how the print might look in your home or work space. Choose from a variety of coloured frames: black, oak, white, grey or teak. Prints are available with or without mounts. Or if you prefer the look canvas or acrylic gives, that is available too.
Every month I create a giveaway to thank subscribers for joining my website. All subscriber emails go into my magical rainbow mug at the end of the month and I pick out one (sometimes two or even three) to send a notebook too. Draw takes place on 31st March 2022.
For March, the giveaway is a notebook from my Colour My Cover collection. A series of notebooks with covers that you can colour in – get artistic and make your notebook uniquely yours using a medium of your choice. 80 lined pages inside.
At the moment the covers are all Norwich and Norfolk scenes but obviously not all of my subscribers are from this region so the giveaway is a beach hut cover notebook which is more generic (even though the image is from Wells-next-the-Sea).
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