Sunday, March 13, 2016

Weekend Walkies II (actual)

 Following yesterday's time-travel shenanigans, today I bring you an actual Weekend Walkies post.

 The sun came out, so I took a couple of hours to wander down into Northrepps and beyond. I walked through the village and into Frogshall to the Jubilee bridge, then into the Furyhill Plantation and up by the Shrieking Pits to Hungry Hill, and back down into Northrepps before trudging back up the hill to Cromer and home.

 Somewhat unintentionally, the theme of this walk turned out to be a bit tree-y...

Freshly cut pine logs behind Northrepps Cottage. I could smell these from a mile off - Lovely!
A twisted, ivy-choked tree near the log pile.

The Jubilee Bridge in Frogshall (sorry about the washed-out looking image - too bright)

The first of many gaping orifices

The portal that I first pointed out here (No, that's not snow - this photo and the next also suffer from too much light)

Amongst so many pillars of the community, this twisted old thing really stands out

Moss. Or...

... a tiny little forest below a giant tree!

Some sort of bracket fungus, perhaps?

And underneath

A partially submerged tree in one of the Shrieking Pits

Same tree, different angle

  And that completes this weekend's walk!

 

17 comments:

  1. I love the smell of pine in the morning. My first full-time job was in a sawmill that made lumber from Southern Yellow Pine. I often detour though the lumber section of the home improvement store just to enjoy the aroma.

    PS: What distance did we cover in this walkie?

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    1. And does the smell remind you of rollercoasters too, or just the sawmill?

      This walk was about five and a half miles, or thereabouts.

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    2. Roller coasters? A soupçon of grease, burned brake pads, and barf.

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  2. Oh please, those names still crease me up, they sound so self-consciously rustic! Love the fungus, though. Is it poisonous?

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    1. One day I'm going to look up the origins of the names of places around here. I've had a half-arsed go already, but really need to sit down and do it properly.

      As for the poisonousness of the fungus? Probably.

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  3. Tree-lover here so please keep the photos coming.

    Coincidentally, I've just been reading about one of your more famous trees, "Kett's Oak."

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    1. Fancy! I didn't even know there was such a thing. Or group of things, even.

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  4. Yes a bracket fungus of some type.
    I hope that these trees don't end up on my driveway in some shape or form. They seem to see my driveway as some kind of final resting place.
    Sx

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    1. On my next walk, I'll talk to them nicely and ensure they see the benefits of remaining in Norfolk...

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  5. Arthur Rackham trees! Loved the Jubilee bridge- is that the remnants of the old bridge falling into the stream?

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    1. Yes! I see what you mean about the trees.

      I think the old bridge (if there was one) has long gone. The Jubilee Bridge itself has seen better days and seems to be held together with chicken wire...
      Just out of shot where I stood to take the photo is a very sturdy road bridge.

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  6. Look at all that wood! So many in one place! Some getting choked when others seem mid-thrust into wet, slippery pits! Goodness, that one huge, erect, gnarly thick trunk seems to be rising in excitement, as if inviting one & all to admire it, climb it, & experience all its glory. And it would probably fit into those moss covered hidden holes & orifices one often encounters on those hikes deep in the woods.

    And what spectacular mushroom heads, big & plump, glistening in the light, as if daring one to touch it, stroke it, & taste it, feel its soft & rigid state.

    Any fish or critters visible in the creek under the bridge or in the Shrieking Pits? Any trolls under the bridge?




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    1. Do you know, Eros, I have the strangest feeling that what you're describing could apply to something other than tress and fungi. I just can't seem to put my finger on it...

      No. No fish. There was a suspicious looking mound under the bridge, but I didn't investigate as I didn't want another troll incident.

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  7. i know someone that resembles that fungus.

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  8. So where does that portal go? Is it me or does it remind anyone else of a movie booth at a bookstore? You got some amazing shots of the moss and fungus.....very cool indeed!

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    1. There was no sign (some little hooligan must have nicked it), so I don't know where the portal connects to. I would've popped my head through for a look, but my hair was a mess (it was a bit windy) and I didn't want to make a bad first impression.

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