Showing friends & Family around Sheringham, North Norfolk, UK

Today, we met up with my sister in law and her family, along with her friend who is visiting from the Netherlands, her partner and their newborn baby, to show them around the Sheringham seafront.   Hopefully they’ll get a chance to enjoy Cromer too.

Kids and adults were all perplexed as to why there was a scarecrow at the beach.

Of course, one of my favorite part of the seafront are the beach huts.  I think they add so much charm to the British seaside.  A nice old couple were sitting outside and their hut was so cutely decorated – so much like how I’d decorate it if I had one.  I asked if  I could take a photo and eagerly they agreed.  It probably appeared we were very much tourists – guess the American accent and tall crew with me speaking some guttural language added to that.  Once our kids start talking with a bit of a British accent, they were really confused.  🙂
As usual, so many of them were closed and not in use – which is a shame as I think having some set aside for even day rentals would be a good idea.  I think some families would like the nostalgia of having one for the day during your vacation – especially if it had beach toys and some chairs inside.
We stopped off at the Beach Hut Cafe to get the kids some ice cream.
Maebh was excited she could ride on Archie’s buggy.  Honestly, it really made her day.

Once the kids had their ice creams, the adults wanted to have a pint up at The Crown.  But as we were turning the corner we came across a really, really cool thing which was part of the Sheringham Carnival.  It was a “parent propelled carousel” which kids could go on for a donation they did.  Nils luckily for the rest of us was the person who span in for a bit while being chased by pirates.   Soren wore a sailor’s hat but didn’t want to put any of the other costumes on – which I was surprised by and Maebh was a mermaid – so cute!

Lucky to live at the British Seaside.  I’m sure it won’t be forever but for now it’s great!

Today, we met up with my sister in law and her family, along with her friend who is visiting from the Netherlands, her partner and their newborn baby, to show them around the Sheringham seafront.   Hopefully they’ll get a chance to enjoy Cromer too.

Kids and adults were all perplexed as to why there was a scarecrow at the beach.

Of course, one of my favorite part of the seafront are the beach huts.  I think they add so much charm to the British seaside.  A nice old couple were sitting outside and their hut was so cutely decorated – so much like how I’d decorate it if I had one.  I asked if  I could take a photo and eagerly they agreed.  It probably appeared we were very much tourists – guess the American accent and tall crew with me speaking some guttural language added to that.  Once our kids start talking with a bit of a British accent, they were really confused.  🙂

As usual, so many of them were closed and not in use – which is a shame as I think having some set aside for even day rentals would be a good idea.  I think some families would like the nostalgia of having one for the day during your vacation – especially if it had beach toys and some chairs inside.

We stopped off at the Beach Hut Cafe to get the kids some ice cream.

Maebh was excited she could ride on Archie’s buggy.  Honestly, it really made her day.

Once the kids had their ice creams, the adults wanted to have a pint up at The Crown.  But as we were turning the corner we came across a really, really cool thing which was part of the Sheringham Carnival.  It was a “parent propelled carousel” which kids could go on for a donation they did.  Nils luckily for the rest of us was the person who span in for a bit while being chased by pirates.   Soren wore a sailor’s hat but didn’t want to put any of the other costumes on – which I was surprised by and Maebh was a mermaid – so cute!

Lucky to live at the British Seaside.  I’m sure it won’t be forever but for now it’s great!

National Trust: Acorns – It’s A Hoot at Sheringham Park

Today Maebh & I attended the It’s A Hoot session put on by the Acorns Toddler Group from Sheringham Park – National Trust.  She met up with some new friends & spent some time with her two favorite friends, Harvey & Immy.

Just like the last time, as there was rain, I left my good camera at home, but couldn’t resist taking a few photos of the kids with the iPhone, so not the greatest shots, nor a lot of shots, but good enough for this posting.

So like always, they first start of looking for stickers of the topic in the exhibition area. But we were late today, so we totally missed this part, but got there just in time to head off on a walk towards to Bower to learn a bit about owls and so a couple activities.   .

Ranger Rob, dissected an owl pellet for us.  He dipped it in a bit of water and pulled it apart with his hands and some tweezers to see if we could find bones, fur & feathers.

Inside it, he found a tiny leg bone, several skulls including one of a vole and two shrews.  



The kids then pretended they were owls and flew around the field in search of moles & shrews (which were pine cones with yarn tails.  After they used their ears to search for Rob pretending to be an owl in the woods.   
 


After the kids did two owl crafts and finished with a story and songs before we head home. 




As I didn’t have to pick up Soren at school because he was going to his friend Alfie’s house after the garden club, I took a nap with Maebh.  While I only slept for 1 1/2 hours, Maebh napped until 4:30 pm, clearly, she was exhausted and needed that long sleep.


When I told Soren about the owl pellets and what we found inside, he was pretty excited and is looking forward to the Owl Prowl at Sheringham Park on Tuesday during Half Term.


Next Acorns session is We’re Nuts About Autumn. 

The kids are so lucky to have all this nature around them.
 
 
 
 
 

National Trust: Acorns – Don’t Worry BEE Happy at Sheringham Park

Today Maebh & I attended Don’t Worry BEE Happy session put on by the Acorns Toddler Group from Sheringham Park – National Trust.  

As I posted before, it is the outdoor learning group for kids 2-4. Same as those who organized the Animal Adventure Adventure Soren & I attended back in February Half Term.  As well as the two events we did with  Godelieve & Harvey – It’s A Shore Thing & most recently Magnificent Moths.



We started off doing a little search for stickers with photos of various bees, hives & insects (some of which we saw today) scattered all around before heading outside into The Bower section.

We started off in the Wild Flower field looking at different bees.  We were to look at their bottoms – some were white, others were orange.  While I know there are many different types of bees, I never took note of the different color bottoms. 

 
 


We then went just behind the pond and were each given a little bug jar, heavy duty net catcher and a pad to dump our findings.  Rob showed us how to maneuver the heavy duty nets though the bushes to capture as many bugs as possible.   Maebh and I caught a large amount of common green capsid bugs.  When you put them in the little jar, they were all over each other and another little bug – as if they were attacking each other.  Rob says they are vegetarians, but they really did look like they were killing the other buggy, so we released them quickly.  








 
We then walked over to the large field where we played a game.  Jenny had a beehive and the kids had to run off like bees and buzz around finding the yellow pollen and return it to the beehive.  We then played a game with a bear in the middle who fell asleep (eyes closed) and a person would come to steal the honey when the bear woke up, she/he had to guess who is hiding the honey behind their back.  Like last time, only a few of the older kids played. Perhaps next session, Maebh will get in there, now that at least two of the older more aggressive assertive kids will be gone. 
 
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After our bug adventure, we went inside for tea, biscuit & craft.  We made these cute little pine cone bees, which now live in our flowers on the mantel in the dining area. 
 



After we had a story about bees and a song before saying goodbye.  Then Maebh and I walked around a bit.  We checked out the wildflower section again, stick art, the new insect hotel, and at the pond where she spotted many tadpoles but still not a single frog.  She also spotted a Pond Snail and then ran over to the sign and pointed at it. 

 


 




 


She also pointed at the Crayfish photo and said, “We got that at the market.”.   I think she means the lobsters we have had back in Boston. 


 




 
And finished off the fun with a ride on William’s Postman Pat scooter.

This was the last session of Little Acorns, but while Maebh will be in a Nursery school in the Fall, but I’ll just book her in for 5 days so the school gets the funding but will take her out of school every other week to attend this session, as we really like it.
 
Plus I heard today that I got the part-time Visitor Services & Admin. Assistant role at Sheringham Park, so I’m very psyched!!
 

Sheringham, Norfolk, UK: Classic Car Show

This time last year, we took a trip down to Cape Cod for Father’s Day Weekend and we visited a car show then.   I just thought back to that trip and it was a lot of fun… a simple no-frills but dirt cheap trip…      Just a month before that trip, we also visited Cape Cod for Mother’s Day Weekend.  So glad I have all these photos and journal our days – it helps to remember all these great trips and amazing to see the kids grow.  But, after looking at those two posts, I am totally homesick right now and wish I was in New England right now for the summer – it’s really someplace great to be!

Coincidentally, today we popped over to Sheringham to check out the classic car show which was going on in the town center.  Over 400 cars were on display.  Of course, I don’t know much about cars nor do I pretend to but it’s clear, Nils knows sooo much.  Also, he, Soren & I all totally differ in car tastes.

I personally \like the MGs (which I keep calling GBs for some reason – perhaps as we live in Great Britain?) and a few other smaller, convertible cars especially Karman Ghia types and of course, VW buses. But at the same time, I feel like they are “look at me cars” and I hate that.  Like why I refused to drive the black Aston Martin from Cohasset back to Beverly last year – I’d hate all the attention.  People driving up to you at red lights to see who is driving it and how much it costs!

 

 

 

 

incredibly plain inside

 

Cool camper – but I can’t believe you’d sleep up there… even me, being somewhat short!!

Soren likes these crazy 3 wheel cars and was a good sport about getting his photo taken with the cars.  But his favorite today, hands-down was apparently the widest car in its time, a Jaguar with the TRAY TABLES in the back.  Such a funny boy, he saw it and said, “look I can eat my lunch which is left over in my school bag on the way home”.  He talks so much with his friend Blake, he never finishes his lunch and often eats it on the way home from school or when we walk in the door.

 

 

 

 

Incredibly ugly car!!

 

 

 

Nils was crazy about a black Citroen and some jaguars.

I won’t even attempt to write the names of the cars – but I will let the photos do all the speaking.

We stopped over at The Ice Cream Shoppe, owned by my friend’s mum.  While I had my own, I enjoyed the kids as they kept asking me to lick it in a circle to keep it from melting!

We thought it might be fun to drive over to Thornham to see if we can check out the giant Yokohama fender which washed ashore.  Turns out it is used for ship-to-ship transfers and owned by a Dutch company.  They are making plans to refloat it and return it to the ship it came off from recently.

But as it was getting late on a Sunday, we decided to just head to Wells-Next-The-Sea, so the kids could play at the Pirate Ship Playground for a bit before heading home for dinner & get ready for the week.  When we were there, the kids were pointing out Sammy The Stilt and the other characters and things spotted from the Clay The Cromer Crab – Hunt for Black Shuck book # 2 in the series, we recently got.  I’m so impressed by Soren’s reading comprehension – after only one time, he knew things like the Brown Hair Battalion and Leiscester The Labrador.

The Albatross –  The Dutch Pannekoeken Schip is back!!

National Trust: Sheringham Park & Kikkervis

This evening, as the weather was really nice, we headed over to Sheringham Park for an hour or so to see if the “kikkervis” have turned into frogs yet.  Nope, while there is not as many as in our last visit, there were tons of little one still with a few getting larger!  One day, I expect to see a kid in the pond, as they come oh so close.

 

 

 

I took some photos of the amazing flowers all over the park, but I don’t know the names and history, etc.  The park’s Head Gardner, offers a guided walk every Tuesday at 2 pm  – could be nice to do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the flowers, the park also has some pretty cool trees.  If you look at them for a while, you start to see things – like the first one here, resemble elephant legs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soren found a dead creature – which I think looks like a mole – he kept saying it was sleeping, even after I kept saying, no he’s dead.

 

The kids had fun with stick art for a bit, before we walked the “red trail” for a bit before heading home.

 

 

 

 

Happy we now have a parking sticker, as I want to take Maebh there for a walk & picnic next week, if the weather is nice.   Perhaps we can find some friends to join us too.