Tuesday, 21 April 2009

A bit of holiday nostalgia.

Well, right at the moment I'm slap bang in the middle of so many things I don't know whether I'm coming or going so I thought I'd share a few photos of one of our favourite places, Wells Next The Sea in Norfolk.

(What things, you may ask? Well, besides the day jobs, I'm aiming to make enough pieces to be able to open a shop on Etsy as well as on Folksy and to have a decent amount in each of them. I'm also, for what feels like the millionth time, doing another complete re-shoot of all my photographs. And in and amongst I'm waiting to catch a great shot of our linden tree with all it's new leaves so that I can make myself a new banner. Gah!)

OK, here's one of the beautiful sunset we experienced on our last evening in Wells in 2008:

This really just didn't know when to stop, it was amazing!

And here's one of the lovely pinewoods that fringe Holkham Beach.

"No digging here!"

What's with this "No digging here!" lark, then?! Well, we discovered Wells by way of the ghost stories of M R James. Back in the late nineteen-seventies (yes, we are old!) one story was dramatised every Christmas by the BBC, over a number of years. Both of us are especially fond of "A Warning To The Curious" and, guess what, the dramatisation of it was filmed in Wells! We didn't know this till we picked up a copy of "Coast" and there was a photograph of the Old Custom House (where we stayed on our first visit). We though, hey, that looks very familiar, so on went the DVD and lo and behold, there it was!

On both our visits to Wells so far we've spent some time trying to identify locations for particular sequences in the film. With not a huge amount of success so far but we did manage to identify the steps that Arnold, the "boots", sat on while polishing shoes and whistling "Tea For Two And Two For Tea".

And since I seem to have lost the photo of said steps (*!*?!) here's one of the many skeins of birds that we witnessed flying en masse while we were there - a truly magnificent sight!


  1. Oh oh oh...I saw this mentioned on Coast the other night. It brings back memories of childhood holidays! I grew up in Peterborough & we often went to the Norfolk coast on holiday, we camped at Wells next to the sea one year, it was so fab!:)
    Aww thank you for the memory trip

  2. We love it here too! Went there for the first time last year and loved walking through the pines to the sea, past beach huts and the amazing migrating birds. Wild fowlers popping out of the bushes were a bit alarming, especially as we'd spent the evening watching the Wire! Good luck with the shops, look forward to seeing them.

  3. Julia, glad to have given you the memory trip! I used to love camping but haven't been for years now, I think I'm getting too old and liking my creature comforts too much...

    Fabric, glad you love the place, too! Those pinewoods are really something, so peaceful. Know what you mean about the wild fowlers, too, they are a tad alarming!

    I'm a wee bit nervous about Etsy but, well, nothing ventured, nothing gained as they say...

  4. Lovely pictures Linden, Wells is on our list of places to go, so maybe we'll end up there in a tent this year! Etsy's good fun, btw.

  5. What a gorgeous place, I think a visit may ahve to go on my to do list. Thank you for sharing.
    Good luck with re-taking your photos, it seems to take forever doesn't it?

  6. Thank you vintage and Beady, it is indeed a fabulous place!

    And thanks too for the encouragement re the photos and Etsy; I'm in such a whirl of activity at the minute I'm beginning to feel dizzy but I'm sure it will be worth it in the long run!

  7. I used to live and work near here a few years ago-Blakeney and Holt, lovely area-and the ghost stories are great I agree!

  8. we have found a few more of the locations from "No diggin 'ere" try the trail behind the forest from the beach car park ..

    Fergus McCloskey