A few weeks ago at the end of July 2017, the weather was behaving, so we went for a Sunday drive.  We drove up to Snettisham on the west coast of Norfolk, about five miles from Hunstanton and had a walk along the near empty beach.

We then drove towards Hunstanton and passed Caley Mill, Norfolk Lavender at Heacham.  

A little history for you……Norfolk Lavender is the home, of around 100 acres of lavender fields and an oil distillery, plus on-site gift shops and restaurant, lavender distillery, national lavender collection, herb garden and a new rare breed animal centre. … with masses of rare and unusual farm animals, set in 10 acres of landscaped grounds Caley Mill was built using carrstone quarried at the top of Snettisham Hill and bought in 1837 by local landowner Hamon LeStrange. The introduction of the railway saw a decline in the mill’s fortunes and it ceased to be a working mill by 1919. It eventually became derelict and was finally purchased in 1936 by “Ginger” Dusgate as the new home of Norfolk Lavender Ltd.

On our way home, we passed through Sandringham, where the Queen has a holiday home.  Passing the Royal Stables, we saw the postman delivering royal mail.

Not far from home, we noticed that the farmer had been busy turning his fields into rolls of golden straw.  


22 Replies to “Sunday Drive, West Norfolk”

  1. I totally enjoyed your drive. I don’t know when I’ve seen a beach that empty! I think I’ll look up Norfolk Lavender and see what they have to say about themselves. 🙂

  2. I have loved looking at your photographs, having visited the majority of these sights myself at various times! I’m glad to see that you have a lovely road trip around the area!
    – Hannah

  3. Love your isolated beach photos! Such a lovely day.
    That lavender extravaganza must have smelled gorgeous!
    And yes – I also saw these rolled up hay bales on my recent UK trip 🙂 I love them, tho I did reminisce about the old rectangular bales – or better yet, hay stacks! 🙂

    1. Thank you 🙂 I too miss the hay stacks, although in Wales this week-end I did see some rectangular bales. The lavender did smell gorgeous, you just want to bury you head it it….well I did 🙂

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