This year we met up in Kings Lynn. I left on the Thursday and went to stay with one friend at her new house in Hitchin. Very nice it is too, even if there are rather a lot of stairs! We had an excellent meal out in the town in the evening.
Friday morning we had a wander round the town, so I had a better idea of it and then had lunch and after that we were picked up by another friend who was taking us up to Kings Lynn. We went to look at “his” charity shop first – the people there say they have only seen him working there once! Then to his house and had a cup of tea. His wife came back from work and only had time for a very quick cup of tea and to finish her packing before we set off.
The road up was quite busy and finding the hotel and the way in was not that easy either. The sat nav seemed to take us to the back….. We found our rooms and then made our way to the pub where others had gathered for an evening meal. We moved a table and weren’t the last to arrive. Food, drink and lots of chat and noise followed…..
The following morning we had a guided walk round Kings Lynn given by a friend of the people who organised the weekend.
I was so busy taking photos that I missed the introduction (and various other bits) so the history didn’t make much sense to me – whoops!
I picked up that this was supposed to be King John’s sword, but couldn’t have been because of the dating and I did like some of the wonderful old buildings, quite a few of which were merchants’ houses. I think they were profits from exporting wool and corn from the port – if I remember rightly? The town was also part of the Hanseatic League in mediaeval times.
I also liked……
….and the high tides. Clever!
We didn’t block the roads all the time we were listening.
I did quite like the idea that a salesman is supposed to have suggested that……
And I thought this………
We came out near the river at one point.
We looked at several courtyards with old buildings round them and finished up at…..
After that we split into groups/pairs/whatever, depending on what we wanted to do. Four of us decided to take the Coast Hopper bus to Hunstanton – 3 of us having bus passes! When we got there we took the land-train to the lighthouse at Old Hunstanton – mostly because it was due to arrive at about the time we got there. We then walked back along the beach.
The cliffs are interesting with the layers of colours.
They were presumably laid down in different ages and are limestone/chalk type, but I have never done any geology.
Looking out to sea, in the distance was…….
…..which would probably not be visible if the day had not been clear. Looking at the picture, I wonder if it was actually on land at the other side of the Wash rather than at sea? When we got back to the main town we found one café open and it could provide all of us with what we wanted – different for each of us! Then it was back to Kings Lynn by the bus and time to get ready for the evening meal.
Some people dressed up really smartly – unlike the usual jeans and T-shirt.
We had to walk to the restaurant, which was beside the river. The sun was just about setting as we got there……
The meal was very pleasant – with lots of the usual chat. I was so busy eating and talking that I forgot to take the photos until we were about to leave!
From there some of us went back to the Customs House where there was a light show depicting the history of Kings Lynn. Some of it was hard (impossible?) to interpret but other parts were more obvious, like……
Then it was back to the hotel.
Next day, after breakfast, we checked out and then went on to do different things – some going straight home, but quite a few of us going on to the grounds of the Sandringham Estate. My friend and I were getting a lift back with different people and that is where we went. We had coffee there and some of us had a wander round and then had lunch – meeting up with various of the others for that. Some of them had looked round the house, or what they were allowed to see, but the general consensus was that it wasn’t really worth the money – the grounds are free! We had managed to grab a table, which was good as it was busy as it was another wonderful warm, sunny day.
After lunch it was back to Hitchin, to show the people who gave us a lift the house. After they left we had the evening there and the the next day it was home for me.
So – a good weekend? Yes, I would say so! I think I managed to get an answer from everyone to my question of the year – “What have you done that is new this year?” Apart from the moved house (x3) and the arranging weddings and the new grandchild there were some interesting answers – even if I wouldn’t want to repeat all of them here – Hugh!