Monday, 24 February 2014

Coast



Half term was approaching and we were all slightly jaded. Despite being the shortest month, February can be rather grey and incessant. Another sheet of maths homework? Some more rain? Spring still not here? Garden still looking like the trenches? Oh. 

The urge to get away struck. We needed a change of scene. The British seaside has become so fashionable in recent years that it's almost become a cliche. Still, I yearned to play chicken with a wave and duck as a seagull tried to burgle my chips. (Inadvertently that sentence has three types of fowl in it).

I knew where we should go. I stayed there for 36 very precious, soothing hours last July

This is one of the first things to be seen as we opened the door: a little driftwood wreath. 





This is on the wall in the kitchen...



...and there are 36 of these. 36! I adore Shaker pegs and rows of old coathooks (see my last post). They're the best kind of hangy storage.



It's a place that is 2 minutes' walk from this


and this (slightly eerie sea buckthorn on the sand dunes)


and this.



It was sunny! There was a tiny spot of warmth! This was the British seaside in February. We were gobsmacked and nearly fell over (only partly due to the slight beach gale that was blowing). 

We flew a kite. Littlest and I made a museum of tiny shells in the sand dunes. No one came to visit it (except Eldest, the Mr and the dog) but we didn't mind.





I discovered some blackthorn flowering. I admit nearly cried a bit when I saw this. Also, I'm rather blown away by the camera on my new phone. Check out those stamens. Phwoar.



It's a place that caused all five of us to exhale with relief as soon as we got through the door. It's called Sandy Nook and is run by Gail and Victoria (and Percy the adorable whiskery-snouted terrier) all three of whom are v v lovely. The thought that they have put into the decor and detail means that it's a sanctuary for tired minds and those needing to sit and knit, make things out of lego and fry Welshcakes (I threw lemon rind and dried cranberries into the mixture for these. They didn't last long). 


The teapot at Sandy Nook is duckegg blue and there's a bowl of pebbles on the windowsill. I needn't say more really. We came home refreshed after a perfect coastal Norfolk fix. 



Note: this is a genuine recommendation. I don't write paid reviews on my blog.

22 comments:

Rachel said...

That sounds positively blissful. So fortunate the weather improved for you!

saffa said...

I'm so glad you and your family had a lovely break Emma :) It really does make all the difference,xxx

Thimbleanna said...

{Sigh} It sounds like the perfect little getaway Emma. Especially the Welsh Cakes!!!

marigold jam said...

Oh wow! That looks absolutely perfect whatever the time of year and weather. I think I will be adding it to my portfolios of daydream places to go!

Frances said...

Emma, it is so easy to see from your photographs what a lovely place Sandy Nook is. No wonder you wanted to visit this special place again!

Grand that you all had such good weather, too.

xo

Jacquie said...

Hi Emma, I loved this post...your three types of fowl made me laugh :0)
So glad you had a wonderful break.
Jacquie x

Toffeeapple said...

A lovely place to stay. Mind you, the minute I get to Norfolk/Suffolk I start to relax, it is my favourite area.

Celia Hart said...

Blogger ate my first comment and I now can't remember what I wrote!

I think I said that I knew at once it was Norfolk :-) and you look as though you had the cobwebs blown away and enthusiasm renewed.

We too have wild Cherry-Plum blossom out in our Wild Wood - how Springy is that!
xxx

Lola Nova said...

Oh my goodness! It looks just the place for long walks and contented sighs. What gorgeous photos! We might just need a get away too!

CJ said...

It looks utterly blissful, so glad you all had this lovely break together. I'd love to visit the Norfolk coast one day, it always looks so atmospheric. All those beautiful winter sea colours.

Amy at love made my home said...

It sounds like a perfect getaway!! xx

Ali said...

Oh I am so long overdue a blast of seaside. Looks wonderful - and glad you made the most of the glimpse of sunshine!

Locket Pocket said...

What gorgeous photos! It sounds like you all had a well deserved treat xxx

Jacqui Galloway said...

How fabulous to spend some time beside the sea.
Jacqui

driftwood said...

looks heavenly x

Cate said...

I truly believe Norfolk is good for the soul! Looks like a lush little adventure. x

Cottage Garden said...

Emma, I remember your post from last year. Sandy Nook looks like a really wonderful chill out place to be. I love Norfolk of course - beautiful in all weathers - those skies! Fantastic! x

Madelief said...

Your break sounds and looks lovely Emma! Glad you had some sunny weather.

Happy week,

Madelief x

picperfic said...

I would like to be in that cottage now....x

Gina said...

It sounds like bliss

Bijuterii said...

Gorgeous photos! Perfect getaway!

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