National Trust: Adder Adventure at Sheringham Park

During February half term, Soren & I attended the Animal Tracking Session at Sheringham Park. As he really loved it, I signed up for the session offered during April half term, Adder Adventure.  Thankfully, I booked then as it is now sold out!

It was about a 2-mile hike around the park and on a lot of uneven grounds, on and off trails – pushchairs were not allowed and therefore, Maebh was not allowed.  In thinking ahead, I booked it for the four of us, thinking Nils and I can both attend, which will allow Maebh to come too, as I know she’d really love the adventure of it.

So tomorrow, the four of us [unless the couch delivery is late] will be heading in search of Britain’s only venomous snake – the adder!  Until 6 months ago, I never heard of an adder!  We call them Snakes or Vipers, Cobras or Rattlesnakes!! 🙂  It was only when the headmaster at Soren’s school was giving us a tour of the “Forest Schools area” when I asked if we should be concerned for ticks and Lyme Disease – he said no, but rarely we’ll come across an adder!  Thankfully, an adder bite is a rare occurrence and the NHS estimates that only around 100 people are bitten in the UK each year and due to the anti-venom serum given, death is not common!

Truthfully I’m not sure if I really want to find an adder on tomorrows venture!  Soren is thrilled as he talks about the California Rattle Snake a lot (we watched a show on it before and the scientist caught it in a large glass tube so we as viewers could see his tongue up close).   Maebh on the other hand says, “snake, what snake?  Showed her the photo and she replies: yeah, weep, weep, weep. It turns around and tickles me, Soren and Papa!”

UPDATE:  Unfortunately we got a call this am around 9 am telling us that the event was CANCELLED due to the cold weather and that due to it not being sunny, the adders would not come out.  They’ll refund the money and will try again in May! Kids were bummed!!


Another Couple Snow Days

On Thursday, the entire North Norfolk area continued to be unusually cold and frozen, and the back roads in our area continued to be crap and a huge sheet of ice.  Soren stayed home once again and we thought we’d keep him home on Friday, as the region was expecting to get an additional 5cm of snow.  Turned out his school reluctantly decided to close due to upcoming snow.  We saw no point in driving 30 minutes each way in treacherous roads, risking a car accident.  Plus, we’d be uncertain about how we’ll get him later in the day if we were stuck, as we live nowhere near the school.  Plus, we thought we’d do what the local schools were doing and staying closed.  Aistely Primary, Langham, and Fakenham all remained closed today so did we.   We ran out to the grocery store, stocked up on some food as we’re going to be stuck at home for the weekend.

After some morning play, we took the kids out for a little walk.  In the sunshine, it was really nice.  We played in the yard a bit, headed over to the “green triangle” and up Heath Lane to Gunthorpe Hall gates and then back.   Maebh, like she always does, starts off strong and then requests to be picked up.   We sooo wished we picked up that sled(ge) at the Mountain Wearhouse when we picked up his snow boots.

Here are a bunch of photos – yes, they all tend to the look the same.  Our kids playing in the snow, Maebh begging to be carried, they continue to taste the snow, walk slowly and crack every frozen patch of ice.


Look, it’s snowing!
And she tastes the snow.


Playing in the snow in the “Green Triangle”
And a little dump on her head.
And more…
And she found it so funny, she fell back laughing.
To only get more snow sprinkled on her face.
I.n the middle of the road asking to be picked up.
Crushing puddles of ice.
Smashing ice


A view from an almost 5 year old.


And he breaks up and gets a huge, thick chunk.


Asking if we can keep going the other direction.
Neat fence.  If you remember, I took a photo of in September.




Maebh kicked snow on Soren and thought it was sooo funny!
Mum, don’t tell Maebh where I am.  See if she can find me.
(Ah okay, but you are not hiding so well.  We’ll pretend we don’t see you either.)


Look it’s snowing.


Right before he…


suddenly for some reason, smashed a bunch of snow in his face.


and again…


He found this so funny.


Can you do windshield wipes on my face like this, swish, swish, swish?





Garden Gnome.


View of the house from under a tree.

The next few shots are Maebh trying to get up on the slippery ice patch.  It was too funny and she laughed the entire time and really struggled.







Nest under a neat tree in the backyard.





Gate of Gunthorpe Hall
Then we’d follow our outdoor play session with some yummy hot cocoa and whipped cream.






Today we discovered several animal prints in the yard.  We did some research online to determine what they were, and we think they are hare prints, but are not 100% sure.  If you have any idea, please let us know.






We think this is some sort of bird.



These seem a little different.  Two in the front but the small one is close by so what could it be?