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A postcard from Norfolk

August 31, 2016
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Norfolk is a pretty special place to me. It’s where Ollie and I got married back in the Summer of 2014. It’s actually quite funny to say ‘back in’ when referencing our wedding as I can’t help but follow with ‘I can’t believe it’s two years ago already’. It’s true, I can’t believe it and I can’t believe how fast the time has past since that amazing Summer when we got to see all our favourite people come together and celebrate with us.

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I guess that before the wedding Norfolk wasn’t overly special or meaningful to us. I used to go to the coast there (Hunstanton) in the Summer for a day with family and Ollie went to University in Norwich. But beyond that, it didn’t have any particular meaning really. But when we hunted for wedding venues – not really feeling tied to getting married near where either of us grew up we stumbled upon a place called Chaucer Barn. Purely through the luck of google. I’m not exaggerating when I say we both loved it immediately. It was absolutely perfect for what we wanted – relaxed, not restrictive in terms of catering or any of those typical wedding ties you get with many venues. It was beautiful. So we went to look and that was it, the one and only wedding venue we looked for and booked it straight away.

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We were so happy with our choice – not least because we had our perfect day there but also that it meant we got to know the area around it. Staying in nearby Holt before the wedding, visiting for tastings and heading to the Cromer pier to ease off post-wedding hangovers with some good old fish and chips. We definitely fell in love with the area and so have made it a bit of a ‘thing’ to go back for our anniversary. Which was this past bank holiday weekend. We had a really lovely, relaxing time – just walking along the beaches and sitting in the sun. I did of course snap a whole bunch of photos so wanted to share a few.

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We headed back for the long weekend – staying at Byfords in Holt. A place well known in the area (the food there is amazing) and we found it because we used their catering company to do the BBQ for our wedding (called ‘Back To Your Place’ if you’re wondering – the food was delicious). Byfords has a ‘posh B&B’ attached to it and it’s where we stayed the night before we got to go to Chaucer Barn to set up for the wedding so we chose to head back there for the weekend for our anniversary. They do amazing breakfasts (we recommend the breakfast pizza and the kedgeree). We also ate at The Feathers – another local pub that had some great food too.

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In the day, we were mostly in Cromer – walking from Cromer to Overstrand to have crab sandwiches before walking back. It’s funny to think, if you had asked me as a teen about a UK holiday I would probably have turned my nose up. Now, I can’t think of much that is more refreshing and relaxing than a few days by the sea in the UK. I had a lovely time and can’t wait to head back next Summer. Even if the weather isn’t quite perfect…

Where we stayed: Byfords, HoltΒ www.byfords.org.uk

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6 Comments

  • Reply Jane August 31, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Looks like a fab weekend, pictures are great and really make me want to spend a day at the seaside!

  • Reply Dani August 31, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    Aw happy anniversary! This is such a lovely idea, going back to celebrate each year. I really have to visit Norfolk – it sounds like my sort of place and your photos are beautiful. Sometimes all you need is a bit of British seaside! xx

  • Reply Katherine August 31, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    As someone from Norfolk I love it when people come here on a holiday! Sometimes you forget how lovely a place is when you live in it. Would you believe that I’ve never been crabbing from Cromer Pier? Definitely need to try out Number 1 too!

  • Reply Hannah August 31, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Aww I loved reading this as I grew up in Norfolk, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the place but you’ve definitely captured the beauty of it! It looked like you had a lovely time ☺️
    Hannah xx
    http://www.hannahemilylane.com

  • Reply Tara August 31, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    A lovely start to my day–here on the rainy west coast of Canada–as I recognized all the places mentioned in your post today. Years ago I spent some time living in Norwich as my father did a work exchange one year when I was 16/17. Every weekend, practically, we’d go up to the coast and I LOVED it there. Probably one of the biggest things that spurred me on some 10 years later from leaving my home in central Canada (Ontario) to move to Vancouver Island in BC….I looove living near the seaside. :)
    After he retired, my Dad bought a holiday caravan at a park near Holt (Kelling Heath) and I went to visit him there once and spent many hours exploring Holt, Cromer, Overstrand and the surrounding countryside. It was the last holiday we had together actually.
    Thanks for sharing your weekend with us…what a great trip down memory lane for me!

  • Reply Christine August 31, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    Jen- your wedding was so beautiful and special in so many ways! We are still so happy for you and Ollie. Trey and I still talk about what an amazing wedding, such a special venue, the weather was perfect and, of course, that dress! So happy and privileged to be apart of it!! It was such a special trip for us. Much luv to u guys. Xoxo

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