My Sunday Photo – August 6th, 2017.

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Every year the Bishop of Norwich opens his private formal gardens in the city centre on select days to raise money for different charities.

I’ve been lucky enough to visit the four acre site on several occasions and it always takes my breath away.

As we were coming back from a lovely lunch a couple of weeks ago, Mark said: “Look, the Bishop’s Garden is open. Shall we go?”

Usually I would jump at the chance but a gentle pitter patter of rain was hitting the windscreen and the dark clouds overhead indicated that it might not be a short shower (and none of us had raincoats). However, not one to pass up an adventure, I said we should give it a go – especially as it was to raise money for Samaritans, Norwich.

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The gardens are something of a secret, surrounded by high walls so you’d never normally know they were there. Apparently there has been a garden on the site, although not like it is today, since about 1100AD when Bishop de Losinga began to build the cathedral and palace. There’s a history here.

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While Freya was more interested in listening to the Broadbeat Choir perform, we did manage to have a wander around the various areas, including a nose in the greenhouse.

My favourite was the wild flower labyrinth, which Freya also loved racing around to get to the centre (more pics of this on Instagram).

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Photo wise, the light was a challenge for my limited skills but it was still a lovely way to spend an hour or so.

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There are two more chances to visit the Bishop’s Garden this year on September 3rd and 10th. Admission is from 1pm – 5pm and is £3 for adults. Children and wheelchair users are free. If you’re in Norfolk it’s well worth a visit.

As always I’ve joined in with the awesome My Sunday Photo link, run by Darren at Photalife. Please click on the camera below to see the other submissions.

One last thing, please pop back tomorrow where I have another excellent Behind The Book interview for you, this time with “indie” author Julie Stock.

Wishing you a fab week.

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My Sunday Photo – July 30th, 2017.

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We went on an adventure to the RSPB’s Buckenham Marshes, which is a new one for us – although it’s just down the road from one of my favourites, Strumpshaw Fen.

It’s a short walk to the “wildlife watchpoint” and we spent quite a while there (as we were the only ones, it didn’t matter if Freya was a bit loud). After our first visit to Strumpshaw we put together a little nature bag for her with things such as a magnifying glass, mini insect and bird guides and some children’s binoculars.

While she enjoyed using them, I was snapping away…

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This feels like ‘the one that got away’. If only it was in focus!

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My Sunday Photo – July 9th, 2017.

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I was desperate to get back to Strumpshaw Fen in June to try and see a swallowtail, our largest native butterfly (and also one of our rarest), but other things kept getting in the way.

It was July 1st before I finally found an hour to pop back but it was already mid afternoon and I was in such a rush, checking I had a card in my camera, a hat, suncream, water etc that it was only when I arrived I realised that I didn’t have any cash. Of course, there are no card facilities there so I couldn’t muster the entrance fee. Argh. I was even more disappointed when a visitor told me he’d seen THREE swallowtails earlier.

I dashed five minutes down the road to Brundall to use the cashpoint but by the time I got back it was 3.45ish and had clouded over a little bit. There were still some butterflies about but sadly no swallowtails (although I’m told there might be a second flush in August so all might not be lost if I can get back again).

While disappointed, I had a lovely hour or so wandering the peaceful meadow and walking a bit of the trail. I was so intent on looking for butterflies that I didn’t realise the dragonfly above was practically sitting next to me. It stuck around just long enough for me to take its photo (I said thank you, don’t worry). In fact, I saw quite a few dragonflies and damselflies about.

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Another favourite was also flying so I came home happy enough.

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As always, I’ve joined Darren’s My Sunday Photo link up. Please click on the camera below to see what other people have taken.

Wishing you a happy and healthy week ahead.

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