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Jul 30, 2012 - Castle Acre

Monday, July 30, 2012 William de Warenne came across the channel with the Conquerer and was well rewarded with numerous holdings including the significant manor of Castle Acre in Norfolk . He built a country home there, but later, unsettled conditions made it necessary to build a strong keep, castle and and immense system of earthworks. The ramparts and ditches are perhaps the finest castles earthworks anywhere in England. There's also a very rare and and complete survival of a Norman planned settlement, including, as well as the castle,...

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Jul 29, 2012 - A walk and a ride

Sunday, July 29, 2012 Went to Lavenham to do a 3.5 mile circular country walk for which we had a printed guide. It was very well marked and easy to follow. It went through the churchyard and out a country road, across a mowed field and by a wheat field. Part of it was also along a disused a railroad line. We saw a few red cattle, probably red Angus- cows and a calf. There was only one place where we weren't able to follow the walk. At that place there were some chickens who hurried over expectantly, thinking we were going to feed them....

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Jul 28, 2012 - Staying home

Saturday, July 28, 2012 We found out why the bells rang at 8:12 am yesterday. It's sort of complicated. And typically quirky! 8:12 pm is also 20:12 here, of course, on the 24 hour clock, which they do use, but 20:12 was not a practical time to ring the bells but this is the 2012 Olympics so we'll ring the bells at 8:12 which represents 8:12 this evening, you see. Makes sense, if you just look at it sort of side ways. Today we didn't go anywhere! We stayed at 9 Ashen Lane and watched the Olympics on TV. We watched the cycling race, archery,...

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Jul 24, 2012 - Denny Abbey

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 We went to look at a very interesting building today. The area around Denny Abbey has been farmed for more than 2,000 years. There's evidence of pre-Roman and Roman settlement and in 1159 a Benedictine monestery was built here. It then became a retirement home for elderly Knights Templars who changed the church the Benedictines had begun. (The Knights Templars were very wealthy, but they completed the church smaller than the Benedictines had planned it for some reason. Maybe it was because they were elderly and...

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Jul 23, 2012 - Staying in our neighborhood

Monday, July 23, 2012 Today instead of going further afield we decided to explore our own village. We began be checking out the church which is right next to the cottage. We can't really see it because there is a wall in between. The church is built of flint – the material that was mined at Grimes Graves. Many, maybe most of the churches are flint and the locals tell us that in Norfolk many houses are flint. Here there are lots of flint walls around properties, but the houses are plaster and lath and are pargeted for decoration. The...

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Jul 21, 2012 - A fair, a fete, an airfield, and a dinner

Saturday, July 21, 2012 It didn't rain today, and was fairly warm, so maybe summer really is coming! We sort of were real Brits today. First we went to Long Melford to the Craft Fair at the Old School. It was small, but once again, very nice crafts and there was tea, locally made cakes and tea served in cups and saucers that the folks surely brought in. There were 4 rooms of crafts in the Old School. Then we went and bought some groceries at the Tesco and went home and had some tea. On the way we noticed that there was a fete at Foxearth,...

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