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welcome to those lazy hazy days of summer

For those of you who haven’t been fortunate enough to visit The Norfolk Broads here is a short summary …
For many years the broads were regarded as natural features of the landscape. It was only in the 1960s that Dr Joyce Lambert proved that they were artificial features, that they were flooded Medieval peat excavations.3 In the Middle Ages the local monasteries began to excavate the peat lands as a turbary business, selling fuel to Norwich and Great Yarmouth. The Cathedral took 320,000 tonnes of peat a year. Then the sea levels began to rise, and the pits began to flood. Despite the construction of windpumps and dykes, the flooding continued and resulted in the typical Broads landscape of today, with its reed beds, grazing marshes and wet woodland.

We have spend many days during the summer enjoying picnics and walks in this area , there are at least 7 rivers and 63 Broads it has the same status as the National Parks in England and wales ..

I thought you might like to see a few snaps taken on our walks …..


-How Hill Study Centre_


Reed boat


Sedge Stack , for use on the ridges of the house as there’s more give than Reeds see photo below …


Malthouse Broad


Swallow Tailed Butterfly


Ranworth Broad


Ranworth Broad
Norfolk Wildlife Trust Centre .. some Broads are kept entirely for the protection of wildlife / birds no boats are allowed to disturb the peace …


Cockshoot Broad


Wroxham


I hope you enjoyed walking with us .. I was especially pleased to see the Swallow tailed Butterfly ….

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Hallo amy. Thanks for posting the photo´s. They reminded me of the holidays that I used to have with my parents in the middle 1960´s around that area. Who knows maybe when I retire next year I will able to get back to that lovely part of the world.

29 Aug, 2013

 

How lovely, somewhere I have never been but hope to one day, nice to hear of the history of the Broads.

29 Aug, 2013

 

Another mouth watering place to visit Amy, Beautiful pLace to visit Amy, how lucky you are to live with all this on your doorstep ,a lovely picture of the Swallowtail Butterfly I have never seen one before;0))

29 Aug, 2013

 

The broads are lovely, thanks for the reminder......and a swallowtail butterfly, such a treat for you and nice to know they are around.....

29 Aug, 2013

amy
Amy
 

Rogi I've often been to Rutland waters , I hope you make time to come back for a visit , It's crowded at this time of the year with tourists Lizzie so many boats on the Broads it's busier than the M25 ! Thanks Carole it's not right on our doorstep but doesn't take long in the car , that was the bonus Pam it was our lucky day ,we've looked for them time and time again without any luck :o)

29 Aug, 2013

 

It looks a lovely place ... nice and flat ! Thanks for showing the photos, and it was interesting to read it's history :o)

29 Aug, 2013

 

Memories for me as well,Amy..but Wroxham is the most familiar ..We went for the day,from Great Yarmouth,when we stayed in a holiday caravan.,and had a trip on the Broads..that Butterfly is awesome,and I've never seen or heard of it before..thanks for the history and lovely photo's :o) x

29 Aug, 2013

amy
Amy
 

Hywel you should bring Beryl down to visit us :o))
Sandra I'm Glad it brought back memories , the Norfolk broads is one of the few places the Swallow Tail breeds we are lucky to have them :o))

29 Aug, 2013

 

Thank you Amy - what a lovely blog. I suggested to OH last month that we might visit the Broads, but he thought the school holidays might be best avoided! That's our trouble - we prefer quiet places - so yesterday we celebrated 45 years together with a visit to Rye Meads in the hope of seeing a Kingfisher, and we did :))

(P.S. I'll let you know when we finally make the journey, lol)

29 Aug, 2013

 

What a relaxing time you must have had. I can feel the peacefulness of the area just by looking at these lovely photographs.
Ranworth Broad is my favourite picture here.
Thank you.

29 Aug, 2013

 

Sheila.......congrats to you both, how lovely.
Amy this is a lovely blog and great photos, I also enjoyed the history!. What a beautiful place to visit.

29 Aug, 2013

 

Wonderful Amy. I've never been there, and it is so very beautiful. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. Great shot of the butterfly!

29 Aug, 2013

 

Very enjoyable Amy, thanks for sharing :-)

29 Aug, 2013

amy
Amy
 

Congratulations Sheila lucky you seeing a kingfisher something I've always looked for but never seen that was you anniversary gift ,yes avoid the school hoidays it's a bit like Swallows and Amazon then but I promise there are plenty of quiet /peaceful places the holiday makers don't know about let me know if you decide to come :o))
Thanks Chris / Grandmage and Karen , I'm glad you enjoyed it :o)

29 Aug, 2013

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Slad ,I thought I was the only person still awake :o))

29 Aug, 2013

 

Lol no I'm a night owl :-). Great to see this as I've not been there and I might take my girls next year..

29 Aug, 2013

 

Lovely and interesting blog Amy. The photo's are great. Enjoyed it very much.

30 Aug, 2013

bjs
Bjs
 

Lovely pictures, I too seemed to have missed out on seeing it Have been top to bottom of the UK, seems now I must go side to side.

30 Aug, 2013

 

We'd come if I wasn't so agoraphobic :o)

30 Aug, 2013

 

Thanks Grandmage! Thanks Amy . . . I will :))

30 Aug, 2013

 

Looks a lovely place to visit Amy... lovely pics :))

30 Aug, 2013

amy
Amy
 

Let me know if you do Slad !! Glad you enjoyed it Marguerite , good idea Brian Lol ... thats a shame Hywel it would have been nice :o) Sheila :o)) Thanks Holly ☺
BTW if you are wondering if we all have webbed feet the answer is NO !! Lol ....

30 Aug, 2013

 

I spent two long Easter weekends there years ago and loved it. I think we were lucky as it was reasonably quite and the weather was brilliant. Lovely photos Amy :o)

30 Aug, 2013

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Annella I'm glad you enjoyed our part of the world , you were lucky to catch a quiet patch but then they have been promoting it more in recent years :o)

30 Aug, 2013

 

I remember it being very peaceful and seeing some wonderful sunsets :o)

30 Aug, 2013

amy
Amy
 

Oh yes the sunsets are marvelous ,there's so much sky ,it's called ' The Big Blue Sky ' they say if you look at a picture / photo and you see one third land and 2/3 sky it's Norfolk Lol ...

30 Aug, 2013

 

Hi Amy, thank you so much for allowing me to accompany you on your walk on The Broads. It brought back some wonderful memories for me too as with lots of people here. I remember a beautiful part of the country, with fantastic little villages and delightful stretches of quiet water. The last time we were there, we were actually camping, I'm afraid the old bones wouldn't stand that nowadays, but it's high time we went back, perhaps staying in a hotel this time! Thanks again:)

30 Aug, 2013

amy
Amy
 

You're welcome Waddy ,when our son came down with his boys for this summer holiday they decided to bring tents to go camping ,the boys were very excited it was the one time it poured with rain they only lasted one night they came back to us the next day Lol .. I'm afraid I couldn't do the camping bit ,if I got down there I would never get up !! you stay in a hotel it will be much nicer and let me know where !! .......

30 Aug, 2013

 

Nice place, Amy. Very roughly reminds me some places in the Netherlands, but with much more mills and those mills in the Netherland evidently worked :-). Many excavations and mines were arteficially flooded in the past all over the world. I have recently seen a quite disturbing film on the whole forest which sank under the ground in the US due to flooded mines, many years ago. The rocks under the surface were mainly chalks and they dissolved in the undergroud waters and rains during times.
Hopefuly mining over there was just superficial.

31 Aug, 2013

 

A lovely blog Amy.I love that area but have never actually been out on a broad.and, probably never will as Julie is petrified of water.However, a couple of years ago at Oulton Broad, I thought I'd talked her into going out on the tourist boat but we then realised we'd just missed one and the next was not for two hours! A near miss!

31 Aug, 2013

amy
Amy
 

Thats scary Kat , we have a similar problem under our city of Norwich not many miles from me , A large double decker bus fell through the road into a huge hole ,there are old extensive chalk mines under the city which tend to collapse occasionally ..
I expect you mean the paddle steamer 'The Southern Comfort ' Paul .I'm sure Julie would have felt safe on that , we had a Disco on it one summer evening it was brilliant in the dark with all the coloured lights shining on the water ..bring her again I'll help you drag her on Lol ....

31 Aug, 2013

 

This is it. It is however going all over the world.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9_JWuSxqmU

31 Aug, 2013

amy
Amy
 

Gosh thanks for showing it Kat , it's almost like watching it in slow motion like a dream .. have you heard of Fracking thats another worry which seems to be going ahead it involves cracking rocks underground with high pressure equipment to mine the oil and gas , apparently it can cause earthquakes , they don't care how badly they ruin our planet it's all about how much money they can make !

1 Sep, 2013

 

I wonder, if people expect that something like this will happen silently...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edPhYeDrNIY
They are scared of noises, not by what caused the surface to collapse.

1 Sep, 2013

amy
Amy
 

Gosh I don't know how those people dare to stand anywhere near those holes Kat , A field near here has holes in it not so deep as those on Youtube ,it's understood that a river use to run under the field when it dried out the soil above fell in to the space below . I wonder if the noises in the youtube holes are made by something a simple as wind whistling through old river tunnels !

1 Sep, 2013

 

Hi Amy ..
I'm catching up with blogs !
You took lovely photos on your visit ... thanks for sharing. :o) x

9 Sep, 2013

amy
Amy
 

Thanks TT I'm glad you enjoyed it :o) x

10 Sep, 2013

 

We went on the Broads oh, about twenty years ago - lovely pics, reminded me of our time there, though we didn't get so many pics, I think, thank you!

17 Oct, 2013

amy
Amy
 

I'm pleased to have been able to bring back pleasant memories Fran .. If you come back one day let me know :o))

17 Oct, 2013

 

lol will do! I intend to investigate Norwich, at least - given i've no transport, a cottage is no use as I'd have to get a taxi there and then i'd be trapped for the rest of the time.

sigh, when we went to Norwich, I wanted to see the castle and everything, and all we did was stop at a fast food place and them come back. pity I wasnt' in charge!!

17 Oct, 2013

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