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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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Apple Day at Gressenhall

Gressenhall Apple Day

Apple Day is a wonderful celebration of autumn and the apple harvest.

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Flying a kite on the beach

Family time

Thanks to the Norfolk Independent Visitors Service many of our children in care now have an adult to turn to in good times and bad – someone who can offer guidance, support and the sort of fun days out and activities that most young people take for granted.

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Keith Clouting, plantsman at Taverham nurseries.  Photo: Bill Smith

Garden guide

As the seasons change from late summer to early autumn, perennials such as Rudbeckias, Asters and Echinacea keep the borders looking vibrant; combined with grasses glistening in the morning dew the effect can be stunning.

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Bring out in the best of your home with advice by Lanassir Lawes of Swank Interiors

Norfolk by design

Twenty years ago, when I first started working with fabrics, windows were often dressed with gathered blinds layered with heavy curtains and swags and tails, today we tend to use simple curtain headings.

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Helen Reeve Farmer

Today’s Land Girls

Helen Reeve – Farmer

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Bryan Turner at his workshops, Bryan Turner Kitchens, at Wymondham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Made in Norfolk

Bryan Turner knows kitchens inside out. His gorgeous handmade kitchens grace many a beautiful Norfolk home – and indeed houses around the country too – and they are the result of years of experience in the business as well as creative craftsmanship that marks out his business, Bryan Turner Kitchen Furniture.

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Filby Broad

Norfolk day and night

Kirsty Burn celebrates the many surprising elements of the town

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The Squire's Pantry, Felbrigg Hall. Manager Jess Frere-Smith with her team, left to right, Heather Grimmer, Julie Pratt, Flo Page, Jess Pratt, Belinda Northey, Bernie Simmonds.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Having her cake and eating it

It’s hard to put into words why Felbrigg Hall is such a special place. From the minute you turn off the road and head up the long, winding driveway, past fields full of cattle and thick wooded forest, it is as if you’ve entered a new world, peaceful and cut off from the stresses of everyday life.

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Florence Bayisenge, 16, was moved out of Mpore Pfefa Orphanage after six years and has lived with her foster mother, Pauline, in Kigali, Rwanda for eight months. 

Photographed on Sunday, May 26, 2013.

Photo by Laura Elizabeth Pohl for Hope and Homes for Children

Still hoping, still helping

Norfolk people have a tremendous reputation for fundraising and for supporting those in need both at home and around the world. This was evidenced in the remarkable response 20 years ago to the call for help by Beccles-born retired British UN commander Mark Cook, who launched the charity Hope and Homes for Children.

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