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A visit to the Norfolk Broads

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We had a lovely walk round here on Friday ,Ranworth Broad is one of the few places where the Swallow Tailed Butterfly breed .

Peat was being dug up from these sites in the 12th / 14th centuries, almost every settlement had access to an area to dig Peat for the use of fuel leaving large pits later being abandoned over a wide area .

Historical records show that the pits gradually began to fill with water, making the turves of peat more difficult to extract. Peat diggings were abandoned by the 14th century. They flooded, and this partly man-made landscape became a wetland, rich in wildlife.

I thought you might like to see a few pics . of the reed beds and Thatched roofs …..

Horning Broad

Water pump to drain the Dykes at How Hill

Candelabra Primrose and Buttercups

Thatched roof

Reed boat at Ranworth Broad

Reeds with King Cups growing at the base .

Another Thatched roof at Ranworth

The Wherry Albion at Ranworth Broad , there are only 7 Wherries remaining afloat …

I hope you enjoyed your trip round a small area of the Norfolk Broads

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Thank you Amy, for a lovely trip. Brought back dim memories - I had a holiday on the Broads when I was 17! Now you've inspired me, I'll see if I can persuade my OH to drive us up there one day . . .

24 Apr, 2011

 

So interesting how they dug the peat for fuel, and the brilliant work of the thatch roofs. The reeds look lovely especially the photo with the yellow flowers seeing straight through the reeds. Lovey blog interesting on the dates too of the stopping of digging peat and water replacing for the wild life thanks for shareing Amy.

24 Apr, 2011

 

I have not been to the Broads since I was 16, rather a long time ago, your photos are lovely Amy, thanks for taking us with you.

24 Apr, 2011

 

Thankyou Amy for taking us a walk round the broads, really enjoyed the photos and info.....

24 Apr, 2011

 

Beautiful place Amy, thanks for sharing.

24 Apr, 2011

 

Beautiful photos, Amy, pleased I saw them. : o )

24 Apr, 2011

 

The primulas are lovely - as are the other photos. What a magical place.

24 Apr, 2011

 

It must be 20 years since we went to Norfolk,Amy,and visited The Broads.Glad you had a nice time.your pics are lovely..:o)

24 Apr, 2011

 

Really enjoyed it Amy....I was thinking of Norfolk this morning too! Peace and quiet with the wind whistling through the reeds....thanks for sharing...:o))

24 Apr, 2011

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Thanks everyone , I'm glad you enjoyed it ...
Sheila I hope you make the trip ,let me know if you do !
Janey it's time for you to have another Holiday in Norfok ( Blakeny ) :o)
Dawn those Primulas are the same type as the seed I sent to you last year , mine are in flower are yours?

25 Apr, 2011

 

Lovely pictures Amy looks such a tranquil and relaxing place with the water and red beds, it reminded me of Wind in the Willows could just picture Ratty swimming among the reeds, and the beauty of the thatched roofs show the the skills of the Thatchers. really enjoyed my little visit ;0))

25 Apr, 2011

 

Loved the visit, Amy, it brought back happy memories of a boating holiday many years ago. It was there I first saw grebes and I was fascinated by them. Thank you for sharing :)

25 Apr, 2011

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Carole , I always think of Wind in the Willows , I believe some of Swallows and Amazons was filmed on the Broads as well you can let your imagination run riot ..
We sat watching Grebes on this day Gee I love watching them duck and dive popping up somewhere else .. :o)

25 Apr, 2011

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