Plan your days Norfolk Style

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.

More books are on the way so please subscribe to see new notebooks, journals and planners as they arrive.

Romping across the marshes.

Marston Marshes just outside of Norwich is one of our favourite romping grounds. A quick car ride away from the Wensum, and before we know it, we are next to the Yare, romping along, looking out for the gliding barn owl, a hovering Kestrel, or Kingfishers. We are always hopeful we might see an otter too, but so far no luck.

People often stop to tell us about the Parakeets who are to be seen high up in the trees. Everyone you meet at Marston Marshes is, like we are, enthralled by the nature to be seen there.

James stops frequently to photograph wild flowers for his Instagram account, right now, there are many autumnal ones appearing: sloe berries, acorns, elderberries, blackberries, hops, and lords and ladies (which are toxic but pretty). You can also find Ragged Robin and Southern Marsh Orchid.

More recently Longhorn cattle were grazing the marshes – a real treat to see.

It is magical ducking the ancient tree branches hanging over the Yare, their twisted trunks bending with age and weight would have many a tale to tell if they could speak, I am sure. I like to imagine the likes of Kett’s men taking a breather here, but I’ve no idea if Marston Marshes was ever on their route. It feels like you are entering the tunnel of trees into another ancient, mystical world. Sometimes I half expect to see someone dressed in medieval attire coming the other way, perhaps with their lunch in a knapsack…

Marston Marshes is a 64 acre nature reserve on the southern side of Norwich in the flood plain of the River Yare where we have been reliably informed by fishermen there are pike, perch and bream to be found. Swans glide along serenely and this summer it was lovely to watch the Swan’s nest take shape. I am sure there is much more wildlife and nature for us to spot and that is why this place has become so addictive.

Our favourite time to visit is at dusk to watch the barn owl hunt his circuit. It’s peaceful and as you can see from my images the light can be positively dreamlike. I don’t always take my DSLR, all of these were shot on my iPhone.

If you are ever over Marston Marshes way, be sure to visit, like us, you are bound to fall in love with it.

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You may also like my River Wensum Photo Series.

Fye Bridge

On a blissful summer’s evening walk along the River Wensum a couple of weeks ago, we came across one of the city’s ghostly storytellers regaling a sizeable group with tales of the women suspected of being witches who were ducked and drowned from Fye Bridge.

Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, and his colleague in terror, John Stearne, carried out the witch hunts between 1644 and 1647. You can read more about their evil endeavours at CulturaObscura.


The bridge itself looks innocently picturesque in the balmy evening light, but once it held nothing but terror for some of the folk of Norwich, mostly women, but also dishonest tradesmen. 


Fye Bridge is the oldest known bridge site in Norwich. Even older than Bishop Bridge, the bridge was rebuilt in the early 1930’s, so it has a more modern appearance. The bridge site dates back to 1153, a timber structure replaced with stone in the early 15th century. You can see more details and images of the construction of Fye Bridge via George Plunkett.

Personally, I love the shape of Fye bridge, the low curves and contrasting brickwork. It’s nice to sit with a drink at the Ribs of Beef and watch river life glide by.

Fye Bridge shot from a Thorpe Island Canoe

Sometimes you can see Kingfishers doing a spot of fishing. I’ve heard otters are sometimes around, but we have yet to see one.

Fye Bridge Quayside viewpoint


As with many old sites in Norwich, there are stories of a ghost. I will return to ghostly goings on in more detail as this Wensum series progresses, but the likelihood of me ever catching one on camera is extremely remote. If I ever do, the images will appear here first!

From NorfolkLive.co.uk—”Fye Bridge still stands today, and although the days of dunking suspected witches into the river are over, the bridge is said to be home to the ghost of a woman who was tried at the site. She was later burned for witchcraft at the nearby Lollard’s Pit, which is now a local pub. According to those who have had sightings of the ghost, she is dressed in rags and begs strangers to help her pick up a dropped bundle of sticks that were used to kindle the fire that killed her. It’s also believed that those that are kind enough to stop and help her will die in a fire within the year. “

It is always in my nature to help where needed, but I may avoid helping this ghost, I’ve far too many blog posts to get done yet!

Fye Bridge Willows

The name Fye, comes from Magdalen Street which was originally called Fybriggate meaning the street leading to Fye Bridge. (Heritage Norfolk). 

Please visit the sites I have linked for more information. I find the George Plunkett site particularly fascinating because of the old images of the bridges along the Wensum. It is well worth a look.

Under Fye Bridge

If you are interested to learn more of the history of old Norwich, the sites mentioned above give great information. Nick Stone of Invisible Works also makes for a fascinating and in depth read.

If you are new to Norwich I hope you will enjoy learning more about this fine city with its incredible history. If you already have lived here for years, I am sure like me, you are always learning new things about this remarkable place. Hopefully my River Wensum series will spark more interest and you will enjoy my images.

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Please see other posts in the River Wensum Series below. It begins with the bridges, and I will go on to write about the buildings and wildlife (including some of the humans) along the river.

Images of Bridges along the Wensum by MyriadLifePhoto

Please scroll down to find links to the other River Wensum bridges in this series.

Carrow Bridge

Novi Sad Friendship Bridge

Lady Julian Bridge

Foundry Bridge

Bishop Bridge

Jarrold Bridge

Whitefriars Bridge

March Notebook Giveaway – Colour my Cover

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A photographic record of the River Wensum

My next photo blog post will be about Carrow Bridge. It is coming very soon, so look out for it!

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Spring vibes for photography

Spring is at last beginning to spring into life after what has seemed a very long winter to me.

As a photographer, I love all seasons but I have to say, the long gloomy days this winter just haven’t been as inspiring for me. Although I did carry on shooting (it’s impossible for me to stop), my mojo did wane somewhat.

Every season brings something worth seeing, if it isn’t obvious, you have to go look for it. I live by the river which makes things easier. There are always the swans, geese, cormorants, and pigeons to spot. Never have I been more thankful to see the blossom again, and the wild flowers beginning to burst into life.

I guess the state of the world has to have a bearing on the mood this winter. First came the pandemic and now of course war. Even though we are far removed from the wars in other parts of the world. The thought of others suffering wherever they are, takes a toll on the psyche.

So I am going to cease moaning about what a long difficult winter it was and start to celebrate spring. We are lucky to be here and especially lucky to be living in Norfolk.

This weekend there will be blue sky and the daffodils are blooming all around the city. Yesterday we took a walk along the River Wensum, down past Cow Tower which is one of my favourite spots to see them.

Only a few days earlier, we were lucky enough to spot a Kingfisher along the banks of the Wensum. I spent the whole of 2021 looking out for Kingfishers only to see a few from a very long distance away. This time, I had my baby Canon ready to shoot. I am not really a wildlife photographer, as in, it is not a speciality of mine, so I was mighty chuffed to capture a Kingfisher as they are rare to see and even more difficult to photograph.

I am going to endeavour to keep a photo diary of sorts to blog each week so if you would like to be updated, please hit the subscribe button below. By subscribing you will be in with a chance of winning one of my notebooks. I create a monthly draw and all subscriber emails go into it (not just the new ones).

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Colour My Cover – March Giveaway

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).

I’m sorry but this is a giveaway for UK subscribers only. If you are outside of the UK and interested in buying a Colour My Cover notebook, please head to my collection at Amazon.com

There are lots of reasons to subscribe other than the giveaway of course. If you love photography, reading, art, notebooks, cards and prints, this is the place for you.

I am gradually populating the site with my photographic works, mainly Norfolk scenery but you will also find wildlife images and street photography.

As well as being a photographer, I also write short stories as @PetraKidd – as much as I love to write, I also enjoy promoting other authors too. If you head to the home page you will see featured writers from around the world, and local writers and their books too. If you happen to be a writer yourself and would like to be interviewed on this website, please email me at myriadlifebooks@gmail.com.

Look out for posts on photography, the photographers that inspire me, musings on photography and from time to time… photo tips.

I hope you will enjoy receiving updates and offers. Every time you buy a book, print or card from my collection, you are helping fund more short stories, images and helping me create happiness not just for me but for others too 🙂

Good luck with the giveaway draw!

My Work in Progress

Life is always busy but over the past couple of weeks it has been even busier as I have been populating this website with more notebooks, cards and now wall art – all featuring my images.

I have been a photographer for the best part of my life but it is only in the last 12 years or so that it has become my main occupation, along with writing.

Most of my photography shows my deep love of Norfolk, particularly the coast but increasingly the city of Norwich too as I came to live alongside the River Wensum two years ago. I have actually lived in Norfolk for 30 years. Although I know it well, I am constantly discovering new things to love about this incredible county.

If asked, I tend to say I am a landscape photographer but the truth is, I am passionate about most kinds of photography so you can expect to see a real mix as the website evolves further. My sneaky pleasure is street photography but I will talk about that and my influences (both famous and local) in later posts.

This site will also include wildlife and street photography, I just haven’t started uploading many of those yet (but you will find some seals…) so please be patient with me if that is your thing.

Many people have a love of photography and want to learn more about it so I will share some tips on that too if you are a beginner. Please don’t be shy to ask if you have any questions. I may not be a technical expert in all areas but if I don’t know the answer, I have photography friends who will know for sure.

This website isn’t only about my photography and products, my alter ego is @PetraKidd who writes short stories. I want to make this website a great place to discover new authors and books, both local and from all over the world. It is writing that led me to create notebooks. I love to use a nice tactile notebook to jot my ideas down so it made sense to create my own collection.

In a world full of troubles, it’s good to escape sometimes into the world of art so I hope you will enjoy your visits to this website.

Subscribe below to keep updated with what’s new. Something I like to do every month is to reward subscribers with a giveaway, at the moment it is usually a notebook but I could also create digital downloads of my prints or colouring in pages so that overseas subscribers can enjoy a freebie too. At the moment, for obvious reasons of postage costs, I only send the giveaways to UK subscribers but I’d like to be able to change that going forward.

So hit the button above and let’s keep in touch. Feel free to message me at myriadlifebooks@gmail.com if you are an author who would like to be featured here. I try to be inclusive of most genres.

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See you again soon…

February Norfolk Notebook Giveaway

The results of the MyriadLifebooks February notebook giveaway. Subscribe to be in with a chance of winning a notebook in March.

Entries for the February giveaway have now closed and three lucky winners have been notified by email.

Please pop by and subscribe to MyriadLifeBooks.com to be in with a chance of winning a notebook in March. UK subscribers only (sorry!)

I will announce the March giveaway on 16th March so keep your eyes peeled!

Every month I create a giveaway and subscriber’s emails go into my magical Rainbow Mug to be picked out. The idea of the giveaway is to show you how beautiful and useful my notebooks are. All covers and interiors are designed by @myriadlifephotoart – all have tactile softback matte covers.

Check out the new Colour my Cover notebooks – the collection is growing fast!

While you are here, be sure to check out my greeting card collection too. The perfect way to send handwritten messages to your family and friends.

Coming soon: prints. If you love Norfolk, coastal scenery and wildlife, you will soon be able to visit my online gallery. I will post as soon as they are ready.

Please follow me on Twitter @LifeMyriad and Instagram @MyriadLifeBooks – pop by, say hi!

Til next time… stay safe and well 🙂

Don’t forget my February giveaway!

Monthly notebook giveaway – this February it’s Norfolk Notebooks. Subscribe to win a free notebook. UK subscribers only.

I will be drawing three lucky winners from UK subscribers to this website on Monday 28th February so don’t miss out!

See more about the Norfolk Notebooks I will be giving away to three lucky subscribers via my blog post, link below. Please share so your friends will be in with a chance too.

All you need to do is fill in your email address and hit the subscribe button below to be in with a chance. Stay subscribed as I create a giveaway every month and the March one will be announced soon.

While you are here, please keep reading…

I have been busy adding my Norfolk prints to this website so you will be able to buy prints as well as notebooks and cards very soon. Perfect for all you Norfolk lovers out there who would like some Norfolk scenery for you living or work space. Even if you don’t know Norfolk, I am sure you will enjoy the views. You must come visit!

The prints are of the coast, Norfolk Broads and our fine city of Norwich. I have lived in Norfolk since my twenties but I’m not going to tell you how long that is, I will just say it’s a very long time!

I hope that seeing Norwich and Norfolk through my eyes, you will come to love it just as much as I do (if you don’t already).

As well as colour photography, I do like to shoot in black and white. Street photography is a secret vice for me. I may sell some of those prints here too in time.

You will find the odd nature/wildlife print too, I am not a wildlife photographer but if an owl, swan, goose or of course a seagull, presents itself, I am usually ready with the camera.

For me, photography is a huge part of my life. I hope you will enjoy the images and keep me in food and clothing by buying some of them.

Check out my alter ego author self @PetraKidd too. If you love quirky short stories, she has a few to tell. Visit PetraKidd.com to find more and subscribe there too to keep updated with Petra’s book news.

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Thanks for stopping by and good luck with the draw!