My Sunday Photo – May 21st, 2017.

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Giraffe is one of Freya’s favourite restaurants – although not just for the food.

She is obsessed with the mirror at the top of the stairs and loves nothing better than prancing in front of it like she’s a prima ballerina. This results in approximately 500 trips to the toilets, which are upstairs, throughout the meal. Obviously we don’t want to discourage her from going but, at the same time, we know that nine times out of 10 it will just be so she can see herself in the mirror.

I’ve got to give her credit for taste, it does look rather grand. I couldn’t resist snapping this on my iPhone while she had a little dance (we were waiting for the food to arrive at this point).

Giraffe is so brightly decorated – which is, I think, another reason it appeals to Freya – that I decided to take all the colour out of the photo and just leave her. I still don’t have a proper editor (it’s an extra cost I can’t justify for a hobby at the mo) but I love having a tinker with Fotor’s free elements – coloursplash being one of them. It’s not perfect (I’d like to soften the colour of her face) but I had fun playing. I hope you like it too.

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Wishing you a happy Sunday.

Photalife

Things To Do In Norfolk: St Mary’s Church Ruins, East Somerton.

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Some think of it as the witch’s finger while others know it as her wooden leg.

Whatever you believe (or don’t believe) about the oak tree growing within St Mary’s Church in East Somerton, there is no doubt the ruins are the perfect setting for all sorts of tales.

I’d heard of the crumbling church in the woods before but I was reminded of it recently by a story in one of the newspapers I used to write for. This time it captured my imagination and I knew I needed to visit.

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Not that easy to spot from the road, even going really slowly.

Dating from the 15th century, it is thought the grade II perpendicular-style church was in use up until the last part of the 17th century, although latterly as a private chapel for the inhabitants of nearby Burnley Hall.

Only the roofless nave and tower remain but it’s easy to imagine how impressive it once was. Nature is very much reclaiming it now, in a rather beautiful way, with the oak tree at its heart.

According to one, rather gruesome, version, a witch with a wooden leg was caught near the church and buried alive underneath the nave. From her leg, the mighty tree grew, destroying the church as retribution for her death.

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It’s said if you walk around the tree times, her spirit is released. I wish I hadn’t told Mark that because, not one to believe in “such rubbish”, he just had to give it a go. Rather him than me.

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There are other spooky tales attributed to the site, and it’s clear from graffiti carved into the stone that many people have come across it over the years, but as I wandered about I felt nothing but peace.

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Remains of the bell tower.

Surrounded by lush new spring growth, and with the sounds of gentle bird song (and the odd jackdaw) I’d go as far to say I felt serene. I certainly wasn’t in any hurry to leave.

Top tip: We were parked almost next to it and, despite its size, still didn’t spot it. Rather helpfully, there is a sign at the end of the road pointing you in the right direction.

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My Sunday Photo – April 23, 2017.

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I’m going to admit this straight away, even though it’s a tad embarrassing; I had no idea we had lizards in this country.

When we spotted this beauty I thought it was a really big newt but, thanks to the friendly wildlife photographers at Strumpshaw Fen, I now know this is a common lizard – apparently the UK’s most widespread reptile.

This one was quite happy basking in the sunshine. What a beauty!

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