A week off work to catch up with the winter maintenance at the cottages and to get the gardens in order for next spring. Also managed to find time to join Bernard Bishop the warden at the NWT’s Cley Marshes reserve on his regular Wednesday morning ramble. A fascinating (but chilly) couple of hours learning about the management of the reserve. The scrapes, reed beds and grazing marshes all look so natural but a vast amount of time, effort and money is spent on the management of each habitat to ensure that they provide the perfect environment for bittern, avocet, marsh harrier, lapwing et al. During our ramble we were lucky to view marsh harrier, peregrine falcon and a ring tail hen harrier sending the assorted ducks, geese and waders into flight. Bernard Bishop will be featured on this coming Sunday’s Countryfile programme. We also ended the week with a celebratory lunch at our current favourite hostelry, the Saracens Head at Wolterton, and by taking one of our favourite rambles from Upper Sheringham, through Sheringham Park down to Weybourne Station on the North Norfolk Railway. A ‘Santa Special’ was on the platform making a very festive scene to accompany our coffees and mince pies purchased from the station buffet. Our spring and summer bookings for 2013 are looking good but we still have plenty of availability in the new year for those tempted to enjoy a winter break in North Norfolk. Finally merry Xmas and a happy new year to all our regular (and future!) guests.