The Life and Times of a busy bookseller, her husband and Gordon setter dogs in North Norfolk.

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Born In Essex, UK.
School in Luton.
College - Sussex.
Worked in Cambs.
Now Living in Norfolk.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Beaches - Blakeney

We are so lucky to be living in this part of the country. Last night - Monday - having collected Poppy & Henny from kennels, we decided to go down to Blakeney in the early evening and blow all our cobwebs from the weekend away. Blakeney of course is not a beach as such, but a gorgeous small costal resort, with boats bobbing about, great walks and loads of wildlife. The dogs gallop about on the muddy sand, and run to their hearts content, whilst we amble along enjoying the beautiful scenery. Of course when it is hot, as it was yesterday, the dogs can cool off in the water. Henny brought her beloved ball, and rescued it from the water numerous times.

Heart of England Book Fair

On Sunday we had a stall at the Heart of England Book Fair. It took place at the National Motor Bike museum, which was a very good venue.

We arrived in a hotel in Birmingham on Saturday evening, as we needed to be at the venue at 7 oclock Sunday morning, and didn't want to drive through the night! (A long way from North Norfolk). We got set up in the heat, and sadly our room - there were two rooms for the event - was the one without air conditioning. I must say that Jeff did alot of the setting up, whilst I (Heather) went around with customers wants lists and did some buying. I managed to get a couple of items off a customers wants list which was satisfying, and also found a few books I wanted for stock. I always enjoy buying more than selling, its as well that Jeff is the opposite, or we would be totally broke!

The fair was extremely well organised, and the best part of 100 sellers attended. However there were a few things against it. It was the hottest day of the year, the England v Germany world cup football match was on, there was a Grand Prix taking place (Jeff had to tape it) - and it was the middle weekend of Wimbledon. Consequently there were not as many customers as we would have liked to see - not the fault of the organiser who worked extremely hard, just pure bad luck for us. Consequently we did not get the takings we would have hoped for, but nevertheless it was an extremely good fair. Our Gordon Setter friends had to go into kennels for the duration - however this is good for Henny who needs to learn that we go away - and then come back. The kennels, Waggtails, have had the dogs for a couple of day time visits, but this was the first overnight one. They told us that Henny, apart from being rather vocal, got on well - so she is starting to learn.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

North Norfolk Beaches & Beach Huts

I have just realised that although I have spoken quite alot about books and dogs, I haven't mentioned beaches very much - a crime in this gorgeous area.

We are in a very fortunate position beach wise - being approximately 8 miles from our very favourite beach at Wells. Miles of glorious sand, and sand dunes - a haven for birds, wild life and of course a wonderful place for dogs to run. Our favourite walk starts at Wells beach car park, walking to Holkham through the woods, then going onto the beach and returning to Wells via the sand. A wonderful walk for gordon setters and humans alike! Henny (Henrietta if naughty - which is seldom), our new recruit, soon got into the hang of this walk, and joins Poppy in her running and rummaging, a treat for us all.

We also love the beach huts at Wells (as in Photo) and dream of the time when we could afford to buy one - probably never. The sad thing is that we have never, ever seen one being used. I am sure they must be at times, but we have never seen it. I know if we owned one, we would be there regularly, and it seems such a waste for them to sit there idle. I dream of sitting in a beach hut, dogs running round, drinking coffee and studying (when I return to the Open University, probably next year). A peaceful idyll - but alas I can only dream - unless of course we win the lottery as people say. Still, they are lovely to look at - and may I suggest to the owners that they use them more regularly, and appreciate them to the full.

We are lucky enough also to be near the beach/harbour at Blakeney - smashing for boats & wild life, Brancaster - a vast expanse of sand, and many more beaches. North Norfolk is a lovely place to live, and we are so pleased to be here.