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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Houghton Hall

Houghton Hall was built for Britain's first prime minister Sir Robert Walpole. In 1779 the collection was sold to Catherine the Great. This year the collection was back at Houghton for the first time and this weekend was the last chance to see it. So Trish and I went to see it.....

Of course us early birds went to Salthouse first.... it didn't look good with rain hammering down but at Salthouse it was dry......

Record shot of target bird one of 4 flighty Snow Buntings



And loads of Turnstones.







And so to Houghton (by the time we had arrived it was raining!). No photos allowed inside......

The interior is amazing and it was lovely to see the paintings. My favourites being a Marata and a Kneller.






















There was some amazing colour in the trees, a pity there was no sun!




The light was terrible and it started raining so what to do? We headed to Castle Acre and visited the Church Gate Tea Rooms......

Coffee and Walnut cake on left a slice of Norfolk Scone on the right (yummy)


A very nice tea room BTW!

The church of St James the Gate Castle Acre













We decided to head to the B&B at this point.

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