It has been a very busy last few weeks.
Recently, I have not been out as much since some on my family members contracted COVID ( I believe I’m immune since I didn’t get it) and outdoor climbing adventures have not been pencilled in on my to-do list. Instead, I have been chilling at home, catching up with some good old TV, climbing indoors and spending some quality time with loved ones. It’s only just over 3 weeks now until I fly out to Canada. Very exciting times indeed 😀
This past Friday was my last day at work, and just before I left the office I had the most amazing gifts and wishes given to me from some of my very close friends and department co-workers. Even though I have said my goodbyes, I truly feel I have made some long-lasting friendships so I’ll be seeing their faces online anyways 🙂
Friday was followed by a long weekend away with my partner in Norfolk. I have never really explored this side of the coast, so it was nice to head out to chase some wildlife, find more tasty vegan food and chill on the beach.
It’s was an amazing venture. For 3 nights we have stayed at this amazing Country House Hotel The Dales, based in the middle of the countryside, South Wes of Sheringham. Our room had access to a balcony with this amazing view out to the yard, so chilling at night listening to the wildlife and watching stars was a comfortable night experience. The hotel and kitchen staff also have been very accommodating to me and my partner. We even bought some vegan hotdogs and bread and they were happy to heat it all, so one evening we just had hotdog and salad 😀
Since we were at the coast where seals are inhabiting or regular visiting some areas, we have explored Blakeney National Nature Reserve and Horsey Gap beach in search for them. Luckily we have achieved our goal at both locations, and the seals were absolutely astonishing!!! Horsey Gap beach seals were a bit more acquainted with humans so they didn’t run off at a close distance. My partner managed to crawl about 30cm away from one seal pup and got some really good up-close shots, which was pretty impressive.
Another very pleasant experience of the trip was going to the Hillside Animal Sanctuary which brings shelter to rescued animals such as pigs, horses, cows, donkeys, geese, ducks, turkeys, bunnies, goats, sheep, alpacas, hens and many, many more. Hillside provides a home to over 4000 rescued animals and is open for anyone to come in and have a wander. Animals there are treated with love and care like they always should have been. If I could, I literally would pet all animals while being there. It’s a free entry to the farm but there is a gift shop, coffee shop and you can also donate if you like. We then finished the day with a lovely vegan meal in The Tipsy Vegan restaurant/bar in the centre of Norwich.