In the past two and a half years, for various reasons too mundane to bore you with, we have managed a total of only three days holiday, when we went to Bruges to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary. So it was with great excitment that we ventured on a two hour drive north to Holt on the north Norfolk coast on Friday, to stay at Blackbird cottage for three nights.
It was such a beautiful, cosy and well equiped cottage I think I could have quite happily moved in!
We spent our days outdoors walking... from Cley to Salthouse and back to Blakeney
mostly along beautiful deserted beaches in warm October sunshine.
Miles and miles of shingle and sand...
We also walked around the grounds of Holkham Hall where we saw the most maginicent deer herds.
And after all that walking, we worked up amazing appetites! We had fabulous local fish, cheese and bread... not to mention some amazing Norfolk ice cream but probably my favourite meal was at Wiveton Hall Cafe.
After a morning in the fresh air we sat outside on the jolly painted furniture where we ate the most fabulous crab sandwiches accompanied by homemade lemonade... it was up there with one of my best meals ever!
We also had some wonderful cake that I didn't photograph but you can be sure that once I work out how to recreate the amazing sticky pear and ginger cake I will share the recipe with you!
We've come home happy and refreshed and determined to make time for more long weekends away. We've no great desire to travel to anywhere hot or exotic but the chance for a few days of fresh air, good food and a comfortable cottage where we can come back to rest, read and drink a glass of wine or two... that will do the trick!