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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

This Birdspotting Lark

And so I went to Holkham Pines I walked from Lady Anne's Drive to the Burnham dunes and saw ..... no rarities. Lots of Coal Tits, Great Tits, Blue Tits and Long Tails. How many Goldcrest did I scan through ? No Firecrests. Did see a few Treecreepers and heard a Cetti's Warbler. A couple of Marsh Harriers over the marsh, a few curlew and "one or two" Pink Footed Geese.

So nothing rare but a good time had by me.

By the A149 just east of Stiffkey there is an area called the flash. Oh look a nice big Great White Egret.

I've driven along the A149 many many times but never looked around All Saints, Morston. Its a pleasant smallish Norfolk Church. It has a nice font and some very fine screen panels.

And so onwards. Unfortunately I couldn't find the flipping Lapland Buntings at Salthouse, they were there earlier apparently.

Some images at Morston Quay.

I decided to look around St John the Baptist, Stiffkey (pronounced Stew-Kee). The church is famous for one of its Rectors Harold Davidson. Davidson was defrocked in 1932. Davidson did a lot of work in the East End of London with prositutes and this led to his downfall.

He had had run ins with local bigwigs and when he was late back from London for a remembrance service it seems one of the local landowners determined to have him removed. He then went for a career as a Lion tamer and was eventually mauled to death. Do read the wikipedia link he had a fascinating life.

Curiously his parishioners requested he be buried at Stiffkey.

The church is pretty dull. Well it couldn't compete with Davidson could it?

The tomb is that of Nathaniel Bacon a relative of Francis Bacon (the chap often claimed to have written Shakespeare) and apparently one of five places that could contain lost manuscripts according to some guy from the Bacon society.

To finish off some views of Wells Quay.

oh a bit of black and white.


oldcrow61 said...

Great pictures, those panels are wonderful.

st said...

lovely landscape shots i do like a bit of b&w.

Jan said...

Is that Wells quay as in Wells-next-the-Sea? I been there. :) I read a book once( yeah, really I did) which was written based on that area, and wanted to see it for myself. Went there with mum.

Mary said...

The Hare church looks really interestng. Have you seen any of the mouse carvings in some of the churches in the York area?

Pete said...

Hi Mary, I have but no photos!