For my first full day in England we took the trip to dear old Cley Marshes. I was so impressed with the centre and the reserve on my visit with Emily and Nathan during our project trip earlier this spring, that I just had to take my family there too. In addition to this I was hoping to see if our project bird box had maybe made its way into the visitors centre. However, no such luck but hopefully soon. In the centre I showed them around the buildings, we peeped through the fixed bird watching scopes, dabbled in the touch screens and admired the photography displays. Out on the reserve we walked through the reed beds, to the sound of the reeds smoothly swaying in the wind, towards the hides where we saw a sparrowhawk, avocets, a little egret, swans, geese and lots of different types of ducks. After spending a couple of hours at the reserve we headed into Cley-next-to-sea and meandered around the flint-stone houses with hollyhocks gardens. Eventually we ended up at a beautiful windmill with a beautiful view out onto the marshes and the sea. Back in town we stopped by a pottery shop, a smoke house where the smell of smoked fish was so divine I wanted to bottle it up and take it home with me, and a beautiful deli with the most enticing selection of local foods and drink. Altogether we picked up some kipper paté, crackers, apple cider and most peculiar some marsh samphire. I had never heard of this food before, but is definitely something I will buy again whenever I see it! According to google it’s a succulent flowering plant found in saline environments. Described as something a bit like asparagus, I would claim it is far more interesting in taste than that. It’s got rich green stalks is crispy and salty to eat. It felt like a really green crisp! We had it for dinner the following day, steamed samphire with fish and potatoes (I think, oh god my memory is already going??).