A Photo An Hour – 24th June 2023July 7, 2023
Well, I knew this was going to happen and that I’d be writing about some of my mini adventures about 2 months after they happened at some point. But I like writing them up, it’s like my diary, and I hope some of them might give you some inspiration for mini adventures of your own.
So here’s some little adventures I’ve had over the last couple of months. Because not every adventure is an epic journey on a sleeper train…
The Adventure of the Sea Marge
I like the title of this mini adventure because it sounds like an Agatha Christie novel, and honestly I could just imagine an episode of Poirot being filmed in the location of this little adventure.
I was really lucky to be offered a free night at a gorgeous hotel on the North Norfolk coast called the Sea Marge.
From the road the hotel looks lovely, all wood timbered with a gravel drive leading to the front door. But once we parked up we entered reception through the gardens, and the place is truly glorious with 5 acres of gardens sweeping down to the sea. I can imagine Poirot taking tea on the veranda, sizing up the other guests.
The best thing is that the hotel is super dog friendly, so we could get away without worrying about who would look after our babies.
By dog friendly I mean they got their own welcome pack, including treats and a water bowl and a selection of blankets and towels to sleep on.
We took the Pugs for a little wander round Overstrand, which is very villagey village. We read the notes from the last council meeting on the notice board, stopped for a beer in a pub, then headed back to the Sea Marge for dinner. We ate in the bar where dogs were allowed, which was great, because we also got to look at everyone elses dogs while we ate.
Now, I am going to throw this in here, because for me this is a total highlight and I can’t believe they don’t make more of this in their promo. It has a proper old fashioned lift, with doors you have to slide open and brass buttons. It’s brilliant, I could have gone up and downstairs in it all day.
Sadly we only had one night. So instead of curling up in the snug drawing room to read a book and wait for Poirot to solve the next murder I had to have breakfast (poached egg, very nice, thank you) and have a mini lounge while Mr Gem ferried our bags to the car.
The hotel was so friendly, I felt like I’d been invited into someones home for the night.
I highly recommend the Sea Marge for a pooch friendly seaside getaway. I think it’s the kind of hotel you check into to spend time in and relax, potter around the garden, walk by the sea, drink Pimms, or snuggle up with a book in winter, but there is also a lot to do and see on the North Norfolk coast, so there’s definitely scope for more adventures!
The Adventure the Relaxing Camping Trip
Now, this particular adventure wasn’t supposed to be anywhere near as adventurous as it actually was. It was supposed to be 2 days laying by a tent doing nothing much and leaving all our worries behind. But sadly our worries came with us.
We planned to head off on a Monday afternoon after a relaxing morning packing up the car with camping kit. Instead we spent the morning at the vets as Waldo managed to partially rip off one of his claws. He was fine, but we had to keep washing his foot so it didn’t get infected.
The weather was crazy hot those few days, so once we arrived, sweaty and stressed, we put up the tent and then once it had cooled down we walked into the village for dinner. The White Hart at Hingham is also dog friendly. So dog friendly that they have their very own dog menu. We ordered food for the dogs. Top tip, if you go there and have small dogs, one meal is probably enough to share!
We then had a few drinks outside the tent, before retiring and looking forward to a relaxing day.
The following morning Mr Gem got up to drive out to get some breakfast supplies. And the car wouldn’t start.
Wonderful. Fortunately we have RAC membership on our insurance. We gave them a call, and then spent the day waiting by the tent for them to arrive.
Fortunately this was pretty much all I had planned anyway, but I can’t say that my brain was in the most relaxed of places wondering how we were going to get ourselves and all our stuff back home with no car.
I also managed to acquire myself some additional stress by inadvertantly leaving the butter in the sun. It melted through our camping table onto the ground. Peppa managed to grab a couple of mouthfuls before I realised. I attempted to clear it up as best as I could, but the rest of the day was spent trying to stop the Pugs licking butter, which they for some reason think is delicious, off the floor. I can confirm that eating butter does not agree with Pug digestive systems.
When Mr RAC man arrived he could not fix our car by the road, and our policy did not include home recovery, so we attempted to relax for the rest of the day whilst not thinking about it. LALALAL I CAN’T HEAR YOU. WHAT CAR?
The following morning, after we were visited by chickens, I managed to find a friend who could come and rescue the Pugs and me, while Mr Gem waited for an RAC recovery truck which we would have to pay a gazillion pounds to take the car and all our stuff back to Norwich.
Despite the lack of relaxing, I am going to say that the campsite we stayed at, Rectory Farm in Hingham, is probably the nicest campsite I have ever stayed at. It had nice big pitches, lots of nature, ducks and chickens, nice showers and an actual indoor little kitchen bit with fridges and a microwave. Plus it was adults only and dog friendly. Perfect.
The Adventure of the New Car
On a not entirely unrelated note. We decided we needed a new car. We loved our Citroen, it did us good for 5 years, unlike the first car we bought second hand when Mr Gem was made redundant where the engine fell out after a year. However, this was not the first time this year it has entirely failed to start at all, and we have spent a fortune on repairs already.
We need a reliable car, I have hospital appointments to attend and we could do without the stress of the car not starting. So we decided to cut our losses and get a new car. Except we don’t have any money, so we needed to look into getting one with credit.
We went on the hunt. Our priorities were that it was cheap, had 5 doors so we could get the dogs in and out, and had working air con. I tried not to make colour a priority, but I can’t say I was sad when we found the most perfect car with everything we needed and it was purple.
After a huge and very boring faff, we finally managed to get finance for part of the car, and the rest we out on a 0% credit card, and now we have a cute purple Peugeot 108. It has a reversing camera and starts with a button instead of a key, which I think is absurdly fancy.
The Adventure of Another Year
Finally, I can’t let this little mini adventure update pass without noting that June saw another year pass since my cancer diagnosis.
I had cake. I decorated it myself, can you tell?
I am grateful for the chance to keep living. Every day.
I am grateful for all the other mini adventures that didn’t even get their own section. Like the launch of Peter Pan afternoon tea at the Assembly House, my first ever Parkrun, and a glass of wine in the garden of our local pub.
Every day is a new adventure if you look for it.