Sunday Picture Post: From High to Low

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.

It was to be a day of trees: πŸ“· 17/09/2020

πŸ“· 17/09/2020

My eyes were keened for autumn foliage. Mostly I was disappointed.

On top of the world: πŸ“· 17/09/2020

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.

Undulating land: πŸ“· 17/09/2020

A field of yellowing peas: πŸ“· 17/09/2020

I feared this was the most autumnal colour I’d find

All Saints’ church, Shotesham: πŸ“· 17/09/2020

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.

A grand old oak: πŸ“· 17/09/2020

From Shotesham we continued downhill to Saxlingham Green. Here the houses, mostly thatched, are set back behind a deep corridor of greenery.

Loved the play of shadows and sun: πŸ“· 17/09/2020

An Elizabethan House: πŸ“· 17/09/2020

That wobbly fence I posted last Saturday for the 2020picoftheweek challenge belonged to this house. We are now into Saxlingham Nethergate.

Multi-trunked tree: πŸ“· 17/09/2020

I found this wonderfully complex tree at Smockmill Common, Saxlingham Thorpe

A glimpse of the river Tas: πŸ“· 17/09/2020

The Tas bounds Smockmill Common. It also forms the boundary between Saxlingham and Newton Flotman.

One last tree: πŸ“· 17/09/2020

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

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24 Responses to Sunday Picture Post: From High to Low

  1. Sadje says:

    Love your pictorial tour. The last tree is so awesome

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  2. Dale says:

    Wonderful. I so love the names of the towns in your country. Beautiful pictures. Thanks for taking us along on your walk!

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  3. davezart says:

    I am most intrigued that some of your rivers seem like trickles. To me rivers are wide deep powerful things but I suppose in places I have seen the great murrumbigee river as a trickle before the snows.

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    • There are two answeres to this:
      1: England (or Britain) is a tiny land. Wide roaring rivers would leave us no place to live or till land.
      2: That land has been tilled for 5000 years. With no forest to hold the topsoil, 5000 yrs of rain has washed the soil into the valleys, silting the rivers, building wide fertile valleys
      For instance, the River Tas, seen here, was used a main waterway by the Romans, able to navigate far up river. Now even at its confluence with the Yare (close to the Roman town of Venta Icenorum), its barely deep enough to swim in.
      I live on the bank of the Yare, at its meeting with the sea. And even there it’s not wide.
      We are a small land. Everything scaled to fit


  4. Brian Bixby says:

    So what happened to the other two parishes of Shotesham? Cleared? Churches completely gone, in ruins, or standing and closed up?


  5. Tien Skye says:

    Haha, if the last photo is an octopus tree, the multi-trunk tree should be a squid! LOL

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  6. Look at them old trees! Very old.


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