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Just Friends Walking Group - July to December 2007

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July 10th

A very pleasant walk started at Colton Church. The walk itself followed a number of footpaths and skirted a golf course. There was evidence of the recent wet weather with some grassy areas still flooded. Many of the footpaths were also overgrown with vegetation as can be seen in the picture top right. The walk was organised by John and Heather and ended up with lunch at the Brewers Fayre establishment opposite the Norfolk Showground.


July 24th -- Around Blickling Hall

The second walk in July took in the beauty of Blickling Hall and its surrounding parklands as 12 walkers enjoyed a four mile stroll which culminated in a visit to Blickling Church followed by lunch at the Black Boys Pub in Aylsham.

The photograph top right above shows the group at the halfway stage. Below this is a remarkable sculpture from Blickling Church. Below that the walkers are faced by a stray cow (you can just see it on the left). The beast bolted across the fields shortly after the image was taken. A similar thing happened when the camera came out to capture a deer in Blickling Park. The bottom photo is of Blickling Hall itself.

The wonders of the internet have allowed us to solve one mystery. In Blickling Church we were confused by a wall tablet that had the following inscription:

"To the memory of William Assheton Harbord, Lord Suffield, who died on the 1st of August, 1821 in the 55th year of his age. This monument is erected by his widow Caroline, daughter of John Hobart, Earl of Buckingham and of his first wife Mary Anne, daughter of Sir Thom Drury Bart."

Some people felt that Lord Suffield was married twice (to Caroline and previously to Mary Anne). Others thought that Caroline was the daughter of John Hobart and his first wife Mary Anne. The latter is correct. John Hobart was married twice - firstly to Mary Anne Drury and subsequently to Caroline Conolly.

September 18th - Around Morley

A very pleasant walk of about five miles took place around the fields and country lanes of Morley at the back of Wymondham.

October 2nd

The October 2nd walk was around the Forncetts

October 30th - Buxton

With the October 16th walk cancelled due to bad weather, lunch was taken at the Marlingford Bell. On October 30th it was back to the Coltishall area for a walk around the Bure Valley and Buxton. Seventeen keen walkers undertook the pretty five mile walk which culminated in lunch at the Recruiting Sergeant. The walk was organised by Janet and David.

Top left is Lammas Church. On the right an amusing sign. Has anybody ever seen an empty vehicle? perhaps the driver and passengers have to get out and push!!! On the immediate left 16 of the 17 walkers on this bumper outing. The 17th was behind the camera and is rather shy!!!!!

November 13th - Brooke and Howe

The first walk in November began and ended at the Dove Public House on the main Norwich to Bungay Road. It then crossed fields and roads around the Brooke and Howe area. Above left are 10 of the 11 walkers pictured outside Howe Church. On the right the colours of autumn are illustrated under a graveyard tree.

We stopped for refreshments at the pond above and had a close encounter with a friendly bird. Did somebody say duck - or should it have been goose? How does the rhyme go: "Christmas is coming and the geese are getting fat!!!!! The walk was organised by Diana and Bill who are pictured below.

November 27th - Taverham area

Ten walkers in the woods - Derek was behind the camera Val checks the time whilst occasional walker Derek looks rather confused
The final walk of November was through the paths and forest areas around Taverham and was organised by John. The beauty of the autumn colours was clear to see in the very picturesque Deighton Woods area. Lunch was taken at Drayton Cock.

December 11th - Attlebridge

The final walk of 2007 was in the Attlebridge area and was organised by Helen and Peter

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