This was a dusting of snow when I looked out of the window this morning, but the rest of the day has been rain and dull skies. No further snow here at all. My sister Vivien has had a fair bit of snow in Ely. I wish I had been well enough to go and see the fabulous Parrot Crossbills at Santon Downham – some of the pictures I've seen of them drinking from puddles have been incredible.
I have not left the house in three days until late this afternoon, when I visited Dobbies Garden Centre in King's Lynn to choose a Christmas tree for my mother. Lily at work told me that a Nordmann Fir is the best one for not dropping needles and they had plenty of cut Nordmann Firs in stock. However, I thought it might be nice to get one rooted in a pot, but the only ones left were rubbish shapes. I phoned mother to see what she wanted to do and she insisted she wanted to see what she was buying. I pointed out that I wasn't doing four trips to Holme so she could see one!!! So I will now take her to the Thornham Farm shop next Saturday if they have any left by then!
There were tons of Christmas decorations in Dobbies and a beautiful gold partridge caught my eye, it really was very eye catching, much better than it looks in the picture (click on link) – made by Gisella Graham in London and made from resin (very heavy) and measures 16 x 10cm. I succumbed and purchased two (+ 20% off) – they look very nice indeed on my dining room table. There is a better picture of them here. Send me a comment on this post if you end up buying them too! I spent the rest of the evening curled up on the sofa cat napping! Back to work in the morning, although I still don't feel fully recovered.
"Edward Thorp, known as ‘Chib’, an undertaker from Leigh-on-Sea, spent his weekends throughout the year visiting the rural railway lines in East Anglia with wife Edna and their dog Micky. Chib always took along his 8mm camera, a good supply of Kodachrome film, and a tape recorder, to document their trips. Chib would edit the film himself at home, have a magnetic stripe added to the film, and on his Kodak projector, which had a recording facility, he would record a commentary.
The train journey starts outside King's Lynn station, passing
through the first station North Wootton, then to the lovely Wolferton -
the station that once served the Sandringham Estate, stopping at
Dersingham then Snettisham Station and Heacham, before hitting
Hunstanton, the end of the line. Presumably the film's title "Future
Uncertain" refers to the spate of line and station closures and
therefore withdrawal of passenger services by British Rail following the