Thursday, 19 November 2009
Love the beach huts in the distance. Lifeboat museum is just to the right of the pic.
We grabbed the opportunity for an afternoon in Cromer last Thursday. This was thanks to Paul having a quick work meeting there and a spell of good weather. Since our return from Skye I've really missed the sea so it was lovely to breath the fresh salty air and see such openness once again. Like I said, the weather was spot on, warm enough for a light coat and not a rain cloud in sight.
We didn't have long at the coast, just a couple of hours, so we headed straight off to the pier to look around the Cromer Lifeboat station. After a quick scoot around one of the little gift shops there, we walked along the beach (with Katie taking lots of brilliant "waves and splash" photos) and ended up at the Lifeboat museum.
Katie wasn't impressed with Ben throwing a stone just as she pressed the shutter, but I think this has made a really interesting shot.
We were pleasantly surprised with this place, it was full of interesting hands-on things for children (and adults of course) to do and learn about life at sea and specifically about Henry Blogg who manned the first Cromer lightboat. The curator seemed eager to pass on her knowledge and she was such a friendly positive lady. I liked the way she kept saying "you probably already know this but ..." rather than "did you know ....".
Using flags to spell "Cromer". I didn't realise that each flag also had an urgent or commonly used sentence attached to it, so crew didn't always have to spell everthing out.
After re-meeting Paul, we decided fish "n" chips would round the day off nicely. We also decided to take the coastal road home which was a bit daft as it was close to 4 by the time we left Cromer and the road seemed to go on forever, twisting and turning in the dark!! Nevermind it's something we can do again, in the light! We stopped at Hunstanton for our grub, but couldn't find a chip shop actually open. Ended up at a nice pub/restaurant on the outskirts of Kings Lynn which was all very yummy.