An unexpected treat!

November 23, 2009 at 8:13 pm | Posted in Me, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) | 4 Comments
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We’d intended to have a day trip up to Blakeney Point yesterday, on the north Norfolk coast. It’s an area of slightly bleak but beautiful marshland, famous for its bird-life and a sunsets, and a lovely place for a walk. Unfortunately it was pouring when I woke up, and I was as a stiff as a board and in pain, so pretty much my first thought on waking was, ‘We ain’t goin’ nowhere.’ My second thought was, ‘Then again … it is only half-past-five…’

In typical Polly Penguin doing the positive thing fashion I thought, ‘I’m sure if I go to sleep again I’ll be fine when I wake up, and so will the weather.’ I wasn’t. It wasn’t.

But gradually, with some TLC (and perhaps more importantly coffee) from hubby (and some TLC from middle-sized cat too) I started to thaw and bend, and the sun started to come out, so we thought we’d risk it and go.

I’m so glad we did, although our arrival and first few minutes were not auspicious. It’s quite a long drive so we felt the need to avail ourselves of the facilities and then top up on coffee, but although Blakeney is a famous beauty spot it is remarkably unspoiled. This is of course a GOOD THING … until you want coffee and a loo. I remembered seeing a big sign outside the King’s Arms saying ‘Kenco Coffee served here,’ so we trudged down, me still somewhat stiff and pained. There was a girl outside emptying bins who gave us a blank look and then ignored us. I eventually found the door, which didn’t look too inviting, went in and was me by a fellow giving me another blank stare. ‘Are you doing coffees?’ I asked. Blank stare. Then, ‘Nah, we don’t open ’til twelve.’ I pointed out that the big sign outside saying coffee was being served was, in that case a tad misleading. We walked out to the accompaniment of further blank stares.

Things got better after that. We decided to brave the Blakeney Hotel. Nothing outside to say they served coffee – it’s not the kind of place that has notices outside. Far too grand. In fact it’s not the kind of place that a pair of scruffs in walking boots and wellies felt all that comfortable about going in to, but we thought we’d risk it, especially as nobody really goes to Blakeney Point if they aren’t walking boot/wellie brigade. The charming receptionist said yes, they were serving coffees, and where would we like them? We chose the magnificent ‘sun lounge’ looking over the marsh to the sea, and had a very enjoyable coffee there before heading off on our walk. Nicely thawed I felt able to tackle a short potter around on the marsh.

We did even have some sunshine! Then hubby said, quite unexpectedly, that he thought he’d treat me to lunch at the hotel! Yum! I’m sure that melon with lemon sorbet and a port syrup, followed by roast pork with all the trimmings and a rhubarb and ginger trifle would not be what the rheumy would recommend, but hey, it was a treat and it was absolutely delicious! Service was very good too on the whole, although there was some confusion regarding post lunch coffee. (Yes, I know, I drank too much coffee yesterday!) We got it in the end though, and it rounded off a lovely meal very nicely. We sat in the Sun Lounge again and watched the rain lashing down outside!

By sheer amazing luck we’d just decided we’d better wend our weary way when out came the sun again, so we didn’t even get wet walking to the car park. Did get this lovely shot of a boat against the stormy sky, with the sun catching it just right.

Boat at Blakeney

Then home past a lovely rainbow, and even got to see a barn owl drifting along in a field by the side of the road. One of my favourite birds and always a treat to see.

So a day with a very unpromising start certainly turned out to be full of promise after all. And talking of promise, hubby’s promising me one of his Hubby Special Shepherd’s Pies, so I need to go and eat it. (Although you’d think after yesterday’s lunch I wouldn’t need anything for a week!)-

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  1. Wow, what a lovely day you had — and in spite of feeling stiff and achy! I’m proud of you. Inspired, too. I’ll have to get Mr Wren up off his duff so we can GO somewhere for a change!

    I used to live in Bremerhaven, Germany. A good deal of the coast north of the city consists of mud flats and marshy land, and I used to love walking along the sea dike there, as long as I was bundled up. It was while I was there that I was first diagnosed with RA. I was in my early 30s, thrilled to be living in Europe, and full of plans for places I wanted to go and to see while I was there. And I did, during that six years, though I was often in pain. My friends just got used to me limping along, bringing up the rear.

    I love the photo of the boat. Oh, how I’d love to visit Great Britain (OK, I’d love to live there). Maybe one day I can.

    Hope this week is kind to you, Polly. Cheers!

  2. Go for it – you have it out with Mr Wren and get him to take you out somewhere lovely. You deserve it! ;o)

    Which bits of Europe did you get to – I wonder if we’ve been to any of the same bits. There’s huge amounts of Europe I’ve not been anywhere near, but I’ve got around a bit … so to speak.

    If you asked me what my favourite type of landscape was I’d never think of saying saltmarsh, but it really is lovely up there! You DEFINITELY need to be bundled up though! Maybe you’ll get to see it one day. Free entry to the Penguin household provided you bring a home-made chocolate pizza!

  3. Sounds like an absolutely lovely day.

  4. Oh, trifle – my favourite!

    What lovely pictures. I hope I get to go back to the UK soon.


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