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Review of 2014 – It’s been a Funny Old Year

How to portray 2014 in a few paragraphs?

A wonderful mix of fun and frolics and cooking, a good helping of hard work and improvements and seasoned with a good smattering of supporting local events and charity might just about cover it.

The year began with lots of exercise being the order of the day. After running for all of 2013 and until the middle of February, my thoughts turned to re-inventing Chimneys to become the very best it could be.

A massive refurbishment ensued as we aspired to ‘Boutique B & B’ status, with a room doubling in size, antiques  bought and re-upholstered, new carpets and painting and it went on and on and so did the smiles.

Everyone has been delighted with our new rooms and 2015 sees the new building work just beginning as we create a new snug and dining room and consider what else we can do to improve.

A new website was built by Wayne Beauchamp of East Coast Group and brilliant he was too.

Afternoon Tea was introduced at Chimneys this year and has proved to be extremely popular as guests take a break in the garden and enjoy a scrumptious assortment of cakes, scones and sandwiches.

June 2014  saw a massive Afternoon Tea Party where 110 people sat down to  Full Afternoon Tea in the garden and were waited on by the brilliant D of E students from Aylsham High School. What fun we had listening to Norfolk’s own Buble, Mr. Dale Bullimore and a very memorable time it was.

This summer was the busiest time yet for Chimneys. When I did get a few hours off it was spent cycling within the Norfolk countryside and further afield and spending time  with family and friends. As usual, I didn’t spend enough time at the beach. I’m hoping to remedy that in the New Year.

The Autumn saw my involvement with Regenerate, a great committee formed to do just that. I feel excited to be part of it and this December saw the first Christmas Farmers Market. it was a great success as North Walsham buzzed with excitement. Lots of quality marketeers and entertainment on the Town Clock made me proud to be a ‘Walsham Gal’.

So what’s planned for 2015 I hear you ask?

More of the same I hope.

I always try to do my very best and you can be assured that I shall play my small part in making Norfolk a Wonderful County that it most definitely is!

A Very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous Year to you all.

 

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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!