Friday, 30 January 2009

Norfolk Nuances


Out across Norfolk to try on some trousers in Holt, and thence to Wells-next-the-Sea to eat fish 'n' chips in that place that gets around VAT by not giving you a plate or cutlery to eat them with. Norfolk is full of surprises, and on a day like yesterday the low bright winter light pinpointed many things for me. Bayfield Hall sits above the River Glaven between Letheringsett and Glandford, an Elizabethan house with an 18th century frontage sharing the landscape with the ruined church of St.Margaret's. The sort of scene that would've got John Piper's paint brushes working overtime. And then I saw the pale brick entrance piers on the driveway, and this rusty fastening on the open gate. That's what I love about the county. Telling detail in the shadow of trees one minute, bleak atmospheric visions the next. The wooden landing stages mark the course of a creek winding through from Brancaster Bay to tiny Thornham. Treacherous marsh intersected by gurgling channels hiding their deep sucking mud from the unwary, and all the time the incessant cry of a curlew settling down for the night. Listen to their haunting cry here; so essential to any unfolding drama on the wireless that's set on these lonely wind-buffeted margins.

28 comments:

Paulo said...

Very beautfull pictures

Ten Inch Wheeler said...

The sound of curlews always transports me to Sunderland Point on the Lancashire coast, with its tidal causeway and rotting boats.

Philip Wilkinson said...

Wonderful stuff. I don't know: gurgling channels, mud, curlews - you'll get me quoting George ('Sidelong') Crabbe's Peter Grimes in a minute. That's Suffolk, of course, but still the same desolation.

Jon Dudley said...

Norfolk recaptured! A charming post Mr.A. The North Norfolk coast is really special and Mrs.D and I have spent much time together there, particularly around Letheringsett, or lancett to they old boys. It's time we went back...your photographs are so encouraging - wonderful. Which of the trousers were you trying - those designed to be worn with belt and braces?, corduroy? twill? denim?...your expectant blogees must be told!

Peter Ashley said...

Righto. Those Trousers In Full. High Rise (that means they go half way up the back), with braces worn on the outside and proper fly buttons. I've opted for herringbone so that I'll look like an off-duty officer in Charge of The Light Brigade. Hopefully.

NORFOLK COAST said...

That picture looks like Thornham - we have a pic of brancaster on our blog... norfcoast.blogspot.com

Jon Dudley said...

Thank you so much for trouser info...have had a butchers at the relevant site...will you be modeling alongside those strong jawed chaps?

Peter Ashley said...

Don't think so Jon. More likely stowed away in the packing room with plain brown paper, coarse string and cardboard boxes with things like LNER rubber-stamped on them.

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