Oh my.. this weekend has been absolutely divine! My family picked me up on Saturday afternoon and I gave them a tour of the house! It was cleaned spotlessly by my house mates and I and my parents were very impressed! We then headed towards Wells next to sea, a beautiful town on the Norfolk coast, and arrived at The Crown Inn which we were going to stay in for the trip! On the road we actually saw a barn owl (!!!) and tons of pheasants. In the evening we had a DELICIOUS meal at our Inn’s restaurant! For starters I shared with my Dad a Chris’s black slate with marinated chicken wings, salmon belly, crab spring roll, chorizo, and smoked chicken and peanut salad. for mains I actually had roasted cod with cream cheese glaze on sautéed new potatoes with coriander pesto and red wine sauce (I don’t have immaculate memory, the menu is in my room and I’m reading off it). This is very unusual for me, being that I have for a year boycotted cod due to the severely overfished stocks being in serious decline. However, as this restaurant specialised in fish and everything was fresh from the coast, my dad decided to ask on my behalf. Surprisingly the head women replied in great detail that they took the issue very seriously! They told me that monk fish was usually on the menu instead and that cod was only on the menu when the local stocks were reported to be doing well! I could eat with a clear conscience.
Sunday morning dad, mum and I got up at 6 am to go birdwatching at high tide! We saw tons of wading birds and gulls including curlews, redshanks, turnstones, oyster catchers, brent geese (or pink footed geese?), lapwings, shelducks and mallards! We were the only ones up apart from some dog walkers, and it was so peaceful walking down the beautiful, quaint streets of this seaside town towards the harbour. The pink morning light was setting on the boats perfectly. Eventually, the sky changed from a dark pink to a warm yellow and we admired a beautiful sunrise in the silence, with only the soft sound of curlews and oyster catchers calling and making that loving seaside atmosphere. Along the harbour were colourful boats and crab netts.
After our morning walk we returned and woke up my sleeping brother before heading down for breakfast. Coffee, smoked salmon and scrambled egg. Yum. Afterwards we headed out again to discover more of this beautiful village! By the harbour I got really excited when we spotted a seal! It was really close to us and was probably out looking for some cheeky fish and chips treats and the cast offs of the fishermen’s catch! We ended up walking a short Norfolk coastal path and came across this adorable beach with colourful beach huts stretching down it! There were plenty of people out with their families and dogs on a early Sunday afternoon walk!
We came back in the late afternoon and my brother and I camped out in the hotel room and watched TV whilst Mum and Dad went on a nostalgic drive to find a house they stayed in when they were younger. Later that day I had the most amazing bath. It was steaming hot and I could have fallen asleep in there. When I finished I got into some heated towels and got into the bedsheets and was in heaven. For dinner I had a delicious haddock goujons with chips, salad and tartar sauce,and an AMAZING sticky toffee pudding with a dollop of vanilla and raisin ice cream for desserts. I could marry that pudding. I could write a poem about that pudding. It was so good. Suddenly it was Monday morning and I was on my way back to uni.