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A feathered pelerine

Rags and riches

From fabulous shawls created in the workshops of Victorian Norwich, to bedclothes fit for royalty, Norfolk’s unique Costume and Textile Association has helped bring them to light and to life. As the charity celebrates its silver anniversary and unveils a major exhibition this month, chairman Joy Evitt chooses six stunning items to help trace its story.

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Fiona Snelson with her dog, Jasper

Travels with my dog

Your dog is part of the family, so it only seems fair he or she should be included in your holiday plans. But it can be tricky knowing how to plan a great getaway which suits both you and your pet.

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James Hawkins of the Gold Shop, Diss' own medals from when he was in the Grenadier Guards. From left, Order of St John of Jerusalem; GSM with NI clasp; two from Bosnia; Jubilee medal; the accumulated service medal; and the long service good conduct medal. Picture: Denise Bradley

Chivalry and valour

Having served 26 years in one of the country’s most prestigious regiments I developed a keen interest in the history of medals and the fascinating stories that run parallel with the recipients. I’d never consider myself an expert but I do have extensive background knowledge in militaria.

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Robert Ferguson with his wife Fiona and daughter Mimi, 12. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

World of opportunities

His life has been filled with travel and adventure, and for Robert Ferguson that is what he hopes to share with others through his Norfolk-based business, Real Africa.

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People on shingle, credit Barry Madden

A call to action

October is a lisping whispering month of winds in the yellowing, tar-spotted leaves of sycamores; winds rattling through the dry heads of horned poppies on the shingle at Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Cley Marshes, with migrant Lapland buntings rattling overhead and the agitated North Sea waves rattling the shingle on the beach.

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Glenn Tubby & his favourite view, Great Yarmouth Racecourse

My favourite view

Glenn Tubby is executive director at Great Yarmouth Racecourse, which is beginning a major improvement project this month.

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Chef Paul Platten. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Garden fresh

Paul Platten, head chef at Reeves Parlour Restaurant at Bawdeswell Garden Centre, loves matching his menus with the seasons he sees displayed in the gardens all around him.

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Artistes and supporters gather to launch the 2014 Hostry Festival with Stash Kirkbride, front right. Photo: Bill Smith

Centre stage

A large team of volunteers works behind the scenes (as well as front-of-house and centre stage) to help create an annual Norfolk arts festival.

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Pear, Lime & treacle tart.

Sweet as can be

One ingredient in my kitchen I really could not manage without is an egg; that perfectly formed creation of nature full of protein and goodness which makes a meal in minutes. No kitchen would be the same without one or a dozen.

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Holly blue butterfly at the RSPB reserve at Strumpshaw. Photo: Bill Smith for EDP Norfolk

On safari - at Strumpshaw Fen

Want to learn more about some of our amazing birds, animals, insects and plants – book yourself on a wildlife safari, writes Rachel Buller.

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Norfolk dog walkers guide

Walkies!

A new book of great Norfolk walks shows how much the county has to offer dog walkers.

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Norfolk Yarn

Stylesheet

Make do and mend in style

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Auctioneer Rebecca Mayhew in the sales room at Durrants Auction Room.

Picture: James Bass

Time to start

When a person sees a collection of antique clocks, the first couple of questions invariably are: “Why clocks?” and “How long have you been collecting?” The how long is, of course, easy to answer, but the “why” can stump the collector. There is no simple or quick explanation to what is quite often a deep-rooted passion.

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Engaged couple

To have and to hold

Although the ancient Egyptians are sometimes credited with having invented the engagement ring, and the ancient Greeks with having adopted the tradition, the history of the engagement ring can only be reliably traced as far back as ancient Rome.

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Walnuts with leaf.

Bitesized

Autumn brings with it so much rich colour. Freshly ploughed fields contrasting with the falling foliage, enhanced by the wonderful misty, dewy mornings.

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Food review at Marrakech Moroccan restaurant in Wymondham

Out of Africa

The Marrakech Restaurant promises an exotic taste of Morocco to indulge your senses. This is quite some boast on a bustling Tuesday lunchtime on Wymondham’s Market Street, where it is sandwiched between the shops, tucked inside the Consort Town House Hotel.

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Actress Miranda Raison.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The Raison being

A film set on the Norfolk coast sounded like the perfect project for actress Miranda Raison, who was born at Burnham – but it was not quite as idyllic as it sounded.

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Graduate Daisy Wilson back at Norwich School. Photo: Bill Smith

Was it worth it?

Sending your child to an independent Norfolk school can easily add up to more than £150,000 by the time they leave. Jo Malone asks former public school pupils what they feel they gained.

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