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We left Norfolk this morning, our week at Barsham Barns over. I could have stayed for weeks more – I feel that I barely touched what Norfolk has to offer.

Nonetheless, we covered a lot of ground, including a brief walk through Burnham Thorpe, birthplace of one of England's greatest sailors, Admiral Horatio Nelson, and a longer sally onto the expansive long tide sands at Holme-next-to-the-Sea.

Taking care, this time, to watch the tide.

This morning, though, we had to go. As we had to be out of the apartment by 10 a.m., that gave us a lot of time to wend our way back to Wonersh. We used it to meander through the B roads of Suffolk and Essex, ending up for a little while on the island of Mersea.There we found this delightful row of pastel-painted beach huts on the edge of the beach. I found them to be very beautiful in their blend of color and simple form with the sand and the sky.

And the sky was spectacular this afternoon over the Blackwater and Colne River estuary.