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30 Days Wild ~ Days 7 to 9. Seaside fun.

I am pretty fortunate that my holidays fell at the beginning of Thirty Days Wild , so  I don’t need to think too hard about what to post. I was staying on the wildlife rich  Norfolk coast.  🙂

Day Seven.  Rock Pools and Sea Holly.  Today we decided to walk along the North Norfolk Coastal Path, from Hunstanton, where we were staying , to Thornham. About six miles or so. The beach at Hunstanton is full of rock pools, so I was hoping to see a starfish perhaps…or maybe a crab. No such luck!  I think these guys had got their spoils before we even set off.

I loved the rocky beach at Hunstanton. I suspect If we had hunted more thoroughly we may have found more, but with a bouncy labrador sniffing out sea creatures, we couldn’t linger for too long.

As we neared the next village along the coast ‘Old Hunstanton’, the scenery changed to a perfect sandy beach, amongst the sand dunes.

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Hugo amongst the dunes.
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The Strandline is a beautiful gift shop in Old Hunstanton. The owner, an artist,is inspired to create by the scenery, seasons and nature here.

I posted pictures of the many beautiful flowers growing between Old Hunstanton and neighboring Holme Next The Sea, in my last 30 Days Wild Post ,but here are a few more on the way to Thornham. 🙂

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Sea Holly.
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An orchid I believe.
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Any ideas? Maybe Annual Sea Blite.

Approaching the village of Thornham, we came across a welcome coffee stop at Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s base at Holme Dunes. A wooden walkway over the marshes then led us to the village, where we caught a handy Coast Hopper Bus back to Hunstanton.

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Shelduck.

Day Eight.  Beach Huts and a Bee.  I posted a separate post about today’s fantastic trip to see The Seals at Blakeney Point.  Before that we had a lovely walk along the beach at Wells Next The Sea. A sudden short shower sent us fleeing to the porch of a vacant Beach Hut to shelter, and weather watch.

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Beach Huts at Wells.
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Sheltering with Hugo.
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The sun came out again so here’s a Bumble Bee on a Viper’s Bugloss.

 

Day Nine.  Our last day in lovely Norfolk. Sob!  A quick early morning walk along the beach at Hunstanton, and I find a Heart shaped Pebble. I think this sums up our stay. We will return. X

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Our Pet Friendly Holidays.

I2015 my holidays have all had one thing in common. A certain adorable labrador called Hugo!  This little( now got big) guy has shared all our trips away in the UK. This is not to say we won’t be holidaying abroad in the future. It’s just nice to know that there are plenty of pet friendly holiday options available closer to home. 🙂 Here are a few places Hugo has enjoyed with us….so far. 🙂

Hugo makes himself at home in Driftwood Cottage.
Hugo makes himself at home in Driftwood Cottage.

Cottage by the Sea ~ Back in January we spent the week in a holiday cottage on the Cumbrian coast. There are many pet friendly properties to rent through companies such as Sykes Cottages and Cottages 4 you  . Driftwood  was an excellent choice for us as its right on the beach ( perfect for long walks on the sand with the pooch) and close to the Lake District too. I know this cottage would be heavenly in the summer ( the beach is dog friendly all year round) but we love a Winter break. With its cozy wood burner, fresh nautical decor , enclosed yard, sea views and close proximity to an excellent dog friendly pub with roaring fires ~ its ideal for a holiday with the hound.

The beach at Baycliff.
The beach at Baycliff.
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Great Views across the bay.

Under Canvas. Cottages are fab in the Summer too but the least expensive option ( if you don’t mind the rain! ) is of course camping. We started going camping a few years ago, with Hugo’s predecessor, our gorgeous black lab ( we’re labrador fans!) Jake. Jakey loved nothing better than exploring new places and especially enjoyed sitting outside the front of the tent and watching the world go by. Happily Hugo has took well to adventures under canvas too. Plenty of sites allow you to bring along your four legged friends. You can see some dog friendly campsites  here. 🙂

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Camp Lookout.
Hugo is happy if the campsite is near water. :)
Hugo is happy if the campsite is near water. 🙂

A cozy Shepherds Hut.. If you fancy something a little more warm and dry, why not book one of these delightful Shepherd’s huts, that look over Coniston Water. Located on a National Trust campsite, Herdy Hut, Gerdy Hut and Blea Hut are equipped with everything you will need for a comfortable stay.Pop a pan of stew on the gas hob, light the twinkly tea light lanterns and crank up the wood burning stove.You’ll soon feel toasty on a damp day. Visit herdy Huts for details.

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Must keep an eye on the BBQ.
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Cozy Interior.
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Yes very cozy!

Camper Van Adventures. Some Campervan hire companies let you bring along your four legged friend too. Star campers Uk  are based in the Ribble Valley ( Lancs) and we rented their VW T5 ‘ Starline’ for a night away last month. Being on the road is much more of an Adventure! Starline has a state of the art movelite driveaway awning available to rent too which is ideal if you’re in a group or taking a pet. Star Campers have the more traditional VW campervans on their books too and all are equipped to the highest standards.

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Doggy Days Out.  Going out for the day with your dog too can be almost like a holiday. Hugo celebrated his 1st Birthday at the seaside recently. We went to sunny St Annes on the Lancashire coast and hired a beach hut as our base. St Annes Beach Huts are located on the front close to the Island Cinema Complex. A day’s rental costs from £60 from 10am until midnight. Most have electricity and the fridge,microwave and radio make very welcome additions.

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The Birthday Boy 🙂
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Inside the hut is kitted out in a pretty nautical style.
St Annes has a great Dog friendly beach.
The beach in front of the huts and all the way up to Lytham and beyond is dog friendly. 🙂

Where Next?  We can’t keep away from the seaside and have booked a dog friendly cottage in Whitby towards the end of the year. And a friend has recommended Mother Shipton’s Cave at Knaresborough and The Yorkshire Sculpture Park at Wakefield as pet friendly attractions to visit. 🙂

Where have you taken your four legged friends on holiday?

August Adventures.

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Books ~ Its 125 years since the birth of English crime writer Agatha Christie and this year the BBC are adapting one of her most iconic novels And then there were none for the small screen. Hurrah for us that Poldark heart throb Aiden Turner is one of its cast.:) But back to the book! This is a creepy and compelling who done it….Ten strangers are invited to the rocky and remote ‘Soldier island’ off the Devon coast.Once there they find their mysterious host strangely absent and stormy weather prevents them leaving.Over dinner it is revealed that each of the guests have been responsible for various deaths over the years.And one by one they too seem to be dropping like flies. Who is doing them in and is the murderer one of them? Suspicion and paranoia heighten the tension in this gripping yarn.

So on to something a little more lighthearted? I’m afraid not! I also read the frighteningly futuristic tale Only ever Yours set in a world where women ( known as Eves) are created to be men’s companions or concubines and even have use by dates. The Eves spend their young lives in preparation for ‘the Ceremony’ and are constantly judged and graded on their appearance. We follow their troubling journey to this life changing point. Its the ‘Stepford Wives’ for the reality tv generation.

Lunch and Afternoon Tea Treats :). I was one lucky lady in August as my work paid for not one but two lovely meals out with friends ( I reached a long service milestone at the end of July) at Hotel Gotham  in Manchester and The Glass House  in Ribchester.Click on the links for my posts.:) I also realised I have indulged in Afternoon tea 8 times already this year…….including this lovely one  in Leeds. What can i say! There have been a lot of celebrations. 😉
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Camper Van Adventures. Some friends have started a cool camper hire company.So we tried out this VW T5 called Starline one thundery August night.See how we got on Here.

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A Summer Staycation. The other half and I found ourselves having an unexpected and unplanned week off together.So we decided to enjoy a few impromptu days out.:) Here are some pics from our week.

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Classic cars at Malham Show in the Yorkshire Dales.
We caught up with family there. Here are Wil and I with my nephew Roman.
We caught up with family there. Here are Wil and I with my nephew Roman.
We hired a beach hut for the day at St Annes.
We hired a beach hut for the day at St Annes.
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The inside of our hut. Very cozy.:)
The beach at St.Annes.
The beach at St.Annes.
Rydal Water in the Lake District.
Hugo bagged another lake. Rydal water in the Lake District.
We bought gingerbread from the world famous gingerbread shop in Grasmere.
We bought gingerbread from the world famous gingerbread shop in Grasmere.
And visited Arnside on the Cumbrian coast for more seaside walks. :)
And visited Arnside on the Cumbrian coast for more seaside walks. 🙂

Well basically August has been pretty wonderful. What did you like about August? Go anywhere good?

Beach Hut Day. :)

I have long coveted the seaside tradition of hiring a beautiful beach hut for the day. 🙂 When my friend Jo did just that, for a girly get together by the sea, I was a very happy bunny indeed. ❤

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The newly built huts are proving very popular at lovely St Annes on the Lancashire coast.  Jo booked through their website St Annes Beach Huts  ~ and between four of us it cost around £20 each for the day. The day starts at 10am and you can stay until Midnight.

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Each hut is decorated in a pretty nautical style and the space inside is very practical too. Most have electricity and facilities include the all important fridge, kettle & microwave. There is a bench inside which can be brought out onto the front decking area on a sunny day and all huts are equipped with crockery & cutlery.

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The time we spent at St Annes was typically British weather wise ! A spot of drizzle and very windy. Our beach hut was a cozy base from which to enjoy our day by the sea. As it was also our friend Marian’s birthday weekend we celebrated with a little afternoon tea spread, a birthday cake and glasses of prosecco. 🙂

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The kids loved their experience here too. They were able to make sandcastles on the beach, scooter along the prom, ride on the little steam train located behind the huts and play on the various rides and attractions nearby.

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We noticed other families and groups here celebrating special occasions or just enjoying the summer holidays. And the huts are also dog friendly . Plenty of bouncy dogs and their owners were enjoying the bracing sea air. We all had such a fabulous time and I think it is one of those memories we will remember for years to come. I for one could go back tommorrow. :))

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This is my August entry for #take12trips organized by Claire over at Need Another Holiday.

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I love the coast. I just love any kind of seaside. 🙂 When my friend Becky and her hubby and parents invited me along to St Annes for the afternoon, I hopped,skipped and jumped at the chance. 🙂 St Annes is quite a sedate yet still very family orientated resort in between Blackpool and Lytham. Very close to Lytham ,the two are often referred to jointly as Lytham St Annes. There are a huge expanse of golden sands, a pier with impressive Victorian wraught iron work detail, amusements, donkey rides and even lovely lovely beach huts. The Beach huts have only recently been re introduced to St Annes. Last year when I came here with my boyfriend only one, the show hut, had been built. Now a further five have been erected. They are painted in fresh nautical colours and families and couples were making the most of them ,sitting on the decks in the sunshine :). If you wish to hire one for a day or longer look HERE.. Its on my bucket list!

Flower Windmill in Lytham.
Flower Windmill in Lytham.
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Beach Huts 🙂
On the Beach.
On the Beach.
Deck Chairs.
Deck Chairs.
Donkey rides.
Donkey rides.
On the Pier.
On the Pier.
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Rock. 🙂
Fairground rides on the Pier.
Fairground rides on the Pier.
Friendly frisby catching collie. :)
Friendly frisby catching collie. 🙂

Gigantic Eclairs!
Gigantic Eclairs!

Which seaside resorts do you love ?

How I Would Spend My Lottery Winnings. :)

My post today is inspired by the winner of the $590 million Power ball jackpot in the city of Zephyrhills,Florida. They are yet to claim their amazing prize. So for now maybe I will dream about how I would spend it. 😉 So after I have seen my family and friends right,here’s what I will be purchasing……

We have always wanted a V W Camper. Oh to set off round the coastline in it.Fab!
We have always wanted a V W Camper. Oh to set off round the coastline in it.Fab!

Please Can I have a gigantic Chocolate Fountain! Even bigger than this one actually.:)
Please Can I have a gigantic Chocolate Fountain! Even bigger than this one actually.:)
I would love to go up in a Hot Air Balloon. So why not own one.xx
I would love to go up in a Hot Air Balloon. So why not own one.xx
We can jet off to our chic Paris apartment and live off crepes. :)
We can jet
off to our chic Paris apartment and live off crepes. 🙂
I would love my own beach hut. I will furnish it all Cath Kidston style.:)
I would love my own beach hut. I will furnish it all Cath Kidston style.:)
I imagine i will get a ragdoll kitten for our Paris apartment. Anyone fancy the job of caretaker? X
I imagine i will get a ragdoll kitten for our Paris apartment. Anyone fancy the job of caretaker? X
When it rains we will always have our private Island retreat.x
When it rains we will always have our private Island retreat.x
Even when I'm a multi -millionaire I suspect I will keep on looking for teacups.:)
Even when I’m a multi -millionaire I suspect I will keep on looking for teacups.:)
Wil has always wanted a tipi. Maybe we can stretch to one......like this.
Wil has always wanted a tipi. Maybe we can stretch to one……like this.

Have I spent it all yet? I suspect I shall have to go out and buy a ticket for tommorrow’s Euro millions draw.

This post is for the Rosalilium Blog Every Day in May challenge.

What would you spend your millions on?

Kites and Beach Huts. : )

Going camping in North Wales in a couple of weeks ( Yay! ) but I needed to get a Seaside fix before then so off we headed to Lytham and St Annes for the afternoon and a bracing walk on the seafront.I love Lytham with its windmill on the green and views over the Ribble estuary.There were lots of pretty yellow flowers which according to my collins gem seashore book are called large flowered Evening Primrose.

Kite flying seems a popular pass time. I loved watching them whip about in the wind.

I had heard that 40 lovely beach huts had been built in Lytham.But could we find them!! Nope! It turns out they havn’t actually been put up yet. But we did find the show Beach hut near the Island at st Annes. It is rather pretty dont you think? Love the nautical colours.

Apparently building is starting shortly. Several will be for sale. So if you have a spare 40 grand……..
Otherwise the rest are for hire as of next year. £205 for the week, £125 for the weekend or £45 for a day( you can use them between the hours of 7am and 10pm). I am very tempted to book a day next year! For information check the website http://www.stannesbeachhuts.co.uk

After all that walking ( phew! ) it was time for an ice cream , watched more kites ( in the shape of squids! ) and headed home.