17th September, 7:00 am, caught a bus to Norwich, and another from Norwich to Poringland… which is situated at the second-highest area in Norfolk. From there we walked downhill all the way to the Tas Valley.
My eyes were keened for autumn foliage. Mostly I was disappointed.
We were walking the interfluve between the rivers Yare and Tas. Claylands, the last to be cleared. When England was settled by Anglo-Saxons, this would have been woodland, grazed by cattle and swine.
I feared this was the most autumnal colour I’d find
Shotesham once comprised 4 parishes and had 4 churches: St Martins, St Marys, St Botolphs and All Saints. St Marys and All Saints are still in use.
From Shotesham we continued downhill to Saxlingham Green. Here the houses, mostly thatched, are set back behind a deep corridor of greenery.
That wobbly fence I posted last Saturday for the 2020picoftheweek challenge belonged to this house. We are now into Saxlingham Nethergate.
I found this wonderfully complex tree at Smockmill Common, Saxlingham Thorpe
The Tas bounds Smockmill Common. It also forms the boundary between Saxlingham and Newton Flotman.
A veritable octopus of a tree. Clearly, its early life was spent in spacious conditions, not other trees crowding it.
Hope you enjoyed our visit to this tiny corner of Norfolk. Tuesday I’ll be posting flowers and fungi seen this day