I wanted to go to East Dereham, my birth town, to put flowers on my relative's graves. My granddad's, great grandparent's and great, great grandparents. It's my way of saying goodbye (and getting a good word in teehee)
I also got to visit places that were special to my husband and I.
East Dereham, where I was born and bred, has a wonderful history.
The sign over the road tells the story of St. Withburga, or St. Wihtburh.
Wihtburh built a convent here and while she was having it built, she only had dry bread to feed the workmen. She prayed to the Virgin Mary and was told to send her maids to a local well each morning. There they found two wild does which were gentle enough to be milked; they provided nutritious drink for the workers. (eewwww)
St. Wihtburh has a holy well in the church grounds. You can just see the church behind the cottage in the next photo.
This pretty little cottage next to the church is Bishop Bonner's cottage. It's tiddly but belonged to a very important man!
Edmund Bonner was the Bishop of London. He was actively involved in separating Henry the 8th from the Catholic church, became a protestant, and then reverted back to Catholicism. As did many at a time when your faith determined whether or not you kept your head, were hung, drawn or quartered or simply burnt at the stake!
Bishop Bonner became notorious as "Bloody Bonner" for his role in the persecution of heretics (see, that is why people changed faith regularly) under the Catholic government of Mary I of England, but ended his life as a prisoner under Queen Elizabeth.
Previously he was a tool of Cromwell, now under Mary, he was nothing if diligent in his tasks. This rhyme was made up, describing him.
"This cannibal in three years space three hundred martyrs slew
They were his food, he loved so blood, he sparèd none he knew."
He basically burnt protestants at the stake. And this was his home!
The cottage, ironically was one of the very few buildings which survived the Great Fire of Dereham!
I used to walk past it everyday when I lived there. You can go inside in the summer tourist season.
My husband and I first met at The Bull pub in Dereham. It felt rude not to go in and have a drink for old time's sake.
After a memory trip around Dereham, we went to Norwich where I got to meet up with my publisher and meet a wonderful fb friend, Jo. Jo stitched me a gorgeous friendship sampler.
However, just because there's been a shortage of craft doesn't mean there hasn't been any!
I haven't finished the Winter Wonderland Sampler BUT I've done enough to check colours and shapes and positions etc. I've stitched a little more than this but this was the last photo I took.
I'm happy enough with it to release it!
If you want the third and final Holmsey's Winter Wonderland, you can find it here.
Look at what I found, trying to sneak into my luggage.
It's a Holmsey! Complete with wardrobe! It's meant to be a present for my granddaughter's first birthday but I've kind of fallen in love with him. He has a beating heart which took some explaining when we went through airport security!
Right, that's me done! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!