It's the middle of August, supposedly the height of summer. We've got all the lights on in the house in the middle of the afternoon; it looks like November outside. The rain hasn't stopped lashing down all day. Apparently there has been flash flooding in Dorset.
Ahhh, English weather.
Last weekend things were different.
Mr WithaY and I had a long-planned few days away to see some friends in East Anglia. Remember Tall Richard, who took me to dinner at the RAF Club? Yeah you do. It was a visit to see he and his lovely family. We've known them since before they had children, and now look at us. Their eldest is halfway through his time at University now, which makes me feel older than I like. I commented to Tall Richard that his son is now the same age I was when I first met him. That made us look faintly appalled for a moment.
Age-related trauma aside, it was a lovely weekend. We went to look around Thetford - sadly most of it was closed - but we wandered through the hill fort, supposedly the highest in the country. I'm not sure if it really is, or if it just seems that way to the people who live there, Norfolk being so notoriously flat and all.
On Sunday they took us for a look at the north Norfolk coast, which was very scenic. Flat, though. At one point we were driving along the coast road and realised that the sea was actually higher up than we were, thanks to the dykes. Not something I am used to.
However, low-lying land fears and all, we had a very pleasant day. A stroll on the causeway to look at the view, a fine pub lunch featuring crabs, then a wander round some art galleries, followed by a little walk around the town to look at the interesting architecture.
Lots of the towns and villages in Norfolk and Suffolk have these signs. Not all of them say "Blakeney" though.
There were people swimming, which I thought was rather ambitious. Rather more people were catching crabs off the quayside.
It really was a beautiful day. And there is an awful lot of sky up in that neck of the woods. Not many woods, though.
I did like the buildings made of flint, particularly the white-painted ones. Very pretty.
Worryingly, we saw metal signs in the walls of one house showing where the last lot of flood waters had risen to. It would have left only the very top of Tall Richard's head out of the water. We measured.
Other news: Today I made a chocolate and courgette cake. Nom nom nom.