Norfolk is one of the most wonderful parts of England I have been to. Huge wide skies with so, so many stars, beaches, wide open spaces, the broads and lots of beautiful villages. It isn't polished, it feels rustic and real... there are lots of working farms and tractors driving around the country roads. We drove past heaps of houses who had an honesty box and little table of goods that they were selling out the front with tomatoes, strawberries, eggs, flowers, plants, jam etc... so cute and so English.
On the Saturday we hired a motorboat and spent a few hours on the broads. I didn't really know what the broads were before this weekend, but soon found out they are a network of rivers and lakes in Norfolk and Suffolk that you can navigate by boat. It is a lovely way to spend a day... you can hire a sail boat, canoe or motorboat and spend the day exploring the broads... slowly floating about with the swans and cormorants. In the evening we headed back to the campsite and had a braai and a fire with marshmallows.
On Sunday we walked around and had a seafood lunch in Wells-next-to-the-sea. It was a hot day and there were hoards of people eating fish and chips outside by the harbour. We walked around and explored the town, checking out all the cute little shops, of which the butcher, baker, deli and grocer are all owned by Arthur Howell (I'm not sure who he is, but he owned a lot of the town!). Afterwards we headed to the beach... which had a really long line of amazing colourful beach huts... all in different designs.
On our second night we opted from fresh bread (from Arthur Howell's bakery) and lots of different local cheeses (plus some Port Salut... obviously!) and another evening with a fire under the stars. I literally cannot wait to go back to Norfolk. I have fallen hopelessly in love with it. Discovering places like this are one of the reasons I love England so much...