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Norfolk Gold – The Daffodil Mile at Honing

Nothing could add such cheer as this beautiful straight country road just a few miles from North Walsham at Honing Long Lane. This road always makes me smile and we’ve been known to take several visits to see how it is doing.

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This Sunday April 3rd, Honing church is holding fund-raising tours of the daffodils from 1.30-4pm.

The spectacle was created by a local farm who were given two tonnes of under-sized daffodil bulbs as sheep feed instead of potatoes.

But because they were unsure of their safety – farm workers tipped them off the trailer. They just ‘hulled’em orf’  as we might say in Norfolk, the best bit of fly tipping in the county I’d say!

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The bulbs have slowly self-planted to provide today’s display in Long Lane.

Two vintage tractors shall be giving rides up and down the Lane and they’ll be serving refreshments in the church. All profits to the Honing Church fabric Fund.

tiered cake plate filled with scones, meringues and coffee cake, perfect for Mothers Day

For your mum on Mothers Day – Lemon and Sultana Scones

This recipe is my all time favourite from our Margaret who used to run a famous Tea Room in Baconsthorpe.

Going off on a tangent but, Baconsthorpe Castle would be great for some family time on Mothers Day.

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/baconsthorpe-castle/

Now for the recipe!

Her book ‘Margaret’s Recipes From Her Tea Rooms’ is still my favourite go-to reference for Afternoon Tea at Chimneys and her recipes are so easy to follow.

The book is presently being reprinted and you can order your copy online from the website listed below.

http://www.margaretsrecipes.co.uk

Ingredients

500g self-raising flour

2 tsp of baking powder

125g butter

60g sugar

185g sultanas

Grated rind of two lemons

2 beaten eggs

Approx 5fl.oz milk

Oven temp Gas Mark 6, 450 Fahrenheit 220 Celsius

Method.

Place flour, baking powder, butter, sugar and lemon rind in a food processor. Mix for 10 seconds. (I have rubbed the butter in by hand but you need cold hands).

Add eggs and milk for another 5 seconds.

Remove from the bowl and gently fold in the sultanas.

Turn onto a floured surface.

Pat down with floured hands (not too thin) and make 12 rounds with a cutter. (Sometimes I make smaller scones with a little cutter and you can make approx 20 from this quantity).

Place the scones onto a lined baking tray.

Brush the tops with milk and a sprinkle of sugar.

Bake in pre-heated oven for 10-15 minutes.

Enjoy.

Margaret's Recipe book my favourite book for Afternoon Tea recipes at Chimneys

Margaret’s Recipes will never fail you when entertaining, especially for Afternoon Tea.

freshly home-baked lemon and sultana scones

Freshly baked for an Afternoon Tea feast

At Chimneys we are delighted to use Mundesley Jams. Kathryn Moore is a brilliant jam maker and if you visit Mundesley, be sure to pay her stall a visit on the High Street where you will find lots of wonderful concoctions.

Only making small batches, if you are fortunate enough to see her Lavender Jelly, it is the perfect partner with clotted cream although home-made orange or lemon curd goes really well with these scones too.

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Tips for making perfect scones.

Chilled butter is really important. (If you haven’t a processor, grate the chilled butter into the flour with a cheese grater and then you won’t have to work it too much).

Don’t overwork the dough and don’t pat or roll it out too thinly.

Dip the scone cutter in flour after cutting each scone to prevent the wet dough from sticking and don’t twist the cutter just press straight down.

Arrange the scones closely on the tray so they sort of help each other rise.

Have fun and don’t count the calories on Mothers Day

snowdrops under a tree at Thorpe Market church

Snowdrop Sundays February 2016

I had a wander around St. Margaret’s Church, Thorpe Market and it felt like heaven itself!

The churchyard was so peaceful and a welcome stop for walkers.

Note the next two Sundays, tea and cake are on offer in the church.

Just a few miles from Cromer it is well placed for a trip to the seaside.

More tea and cake and wonderful views of the sea are to be had from the Rocket house if it’s chilly.

Further along the coast, and slightly inland is worth a visit to Great Walsingham where I have never seen so many snowdrops in one place! It’s such a special place and worth the 40 minute drive from Chimneys.

Don’t miss out! It’ll be bluebells and rhododendrons next! There are so many wonderful walks in Norfolk. Bring your camera and send us your photos to @ChimneysBB – we love it!

http://www.thorpemarket.org.uk

http://www.walsinghamabbey.com

http://www.rockethousecafe.co.uk

http://www.ngs.org.uk

On February 20th, 2016, Horstead House near Wroxham shall be opening their grounds from 11am until 4pm for £4 (children free) taking part in the National Gardens Scheme where there are millions of beautiful snowdrops in its woodland.

snowdrops under a tree at Thorpe Market church

A wonderful bird box in a mature tree in the church yard at Thorpe Market with scathes of snowdrops beneath

dates for snowdrop sundays 21st February 28th February

Enjoy tea, cake and snowdrops. Sounds like heaven

wild flower chart at Thorpe Market church

Wild flowers that grown at Thorpe Market Church

snowdrops in the church yard at Thorpe Market

Snowdrops in the church yard

inside church at Thorpe Market

A beautifully simple church in Thorpe Market

 

Who pinched the Summer?

There was little me thinking that I’d be blogging merrily all summer, telling you all about the happenings of our beautiful County of Norfolk, and in particular my special North Norfolk bit and the summers nearly gone, all in a blur of baking cakes, the theatre of Afternoon teas in a giant patch of lavender and the inevitable never ending piles of ironing.

Lots of wonderful guests have crossed our threshold and I have had the joy of preparing elaborate Breakfast feasts. The English breakfast is hard to beat but Eggs Arlington has become a firm Chimneys favourite as has Eggs Benedict as we aspire to ring the changes and appeal to those who appreciate something a bit different.

July began with the Sheringham Potty festival, the 18th annual Morris meet and a glorious occasion  like no other. There were 32 sides of Morris dancers from all over England and goodness how many more hundred extra pints of great Norfolk Ale drank that weekend which all no doubt made Sheringham a very happy town indeed. In fact on a beautiful evening in July, I had the good fortune of cycling to Banningham Crown and joined the Kemp’s Men in a fling of a handkerchief or two and an enlightening experience it was! Cycling home as the sun began to set was a memorable experience, one I must make the time to do more often as I reflect that I can’t quite believe where the summer has gone!

The end of July saw Worstead festival once again, a blend of country pursuits and family fun. Started in 1966 and ran completely by volunteers, this festival has helped countless community groups with fundraising. Heavy horses, weavers and military vehicles were well received whilst live music featured local favourites the Booze Brothers plus many others.

The end of July and August played host to North Norfolk carnival Season with Sheringham and Cromer pulling out all the stops! We have been lucky with great weather this season although there has been some spectacular thunder and lightning shows by night.

Every week saw a different Beer Festival in a different town and it was a pleasure to try different local ales and watch local bands doing their thing.

Trunchonbury, a small music festival at Trunch enjoyed yet another successful weekend with local musical groups and comedy talents sharing their talents.

As we enter September, the weather is still behaving and we are enjoying the deserted beaches and cooking up some magic with Autumn fruits, my favourite time of the year.

I shall try harder to tell you all things Norfolk, promise!

Until next time…

Banningham Crown, Morris Men

Flinging Handkerchiefs at Banningham Crown with the Kemp’s Men

Cromer Carnival

The Best Carnival in North Norfolk

Afternoon Tea at Chimneys

An Explosion of Lavender – The Perfect spot for Afternoon Tea, and we did, often.

Jazz at Sheringham Carnival

Sheringham Carnival – the beginning of Carnival Season

Fancy Dress at Cromer Carnival

Hello,hello, hello, I recognise that policeman! All in a good cause…

Sheringham Carnival Parade

Sheringham Carnival – it’s all about Engines at Sheringham!

A Memorable birthday walk, Cromer to Overstrand

The Perfect way to spend my Birthday in August, my family , my dog, Cromer to Overstrand Beach walk, what could be better?

Cromer Carnival Parade

Arabian flavour at Cromer Carnival

 

Another alternative to English Breakfast

Eggs Arlington – because we’re posh!

 

 

GoGoGorillas at Norwich Lord Mayors Procession

Jenny’s First Blog – The Lord Mayors Procession, Norwich. What a night!!

Norwich was impressive as usual with the whole community getting behind the fantastic event of the Lord Mayors Procession in Norwich. I am always cheered by how lots of people are prepared to be silly in the name of charity and pleased to see all ages passionate about their hobbies. Local Norfolk businesses were on form, telling all about their wonderful goods and services. It made me proud to live in Norfolk.