Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Stalking our Stalkers

David and Amanda, Caxton stalkers extraordinaire, kindly invited us to visit them in their home in Norfolk.   Being only a few miles away in the next County it was a perfect opportunity so on Monday afternoon we set off for Houghton near Kings Lynn.   We first met D&A  last summer when Caxton was moored near Downham Market and have met in Birmingham, when we were icebound, and at the Crick Boat Show this year. 
L-R  David, Amanda and Joe....and large sundial, very large sundial.
Houghton Hall.....you see Caxton attracts a better class of stalker...
only joking,  David is the Farm Manager here.

We arrived and were fed copious amounts of cakes and goodies and pots of tea and then whisked off for a tour of the Houghton Hall estate farm.  This is a mixed farm, arable and livestock,  which is farmed organically - "The way forward...." to quote someone David.
Long Horns, the cattle of choice on the estate

Special Houghton Hall deer, white Fallow deer
Three Fawns in a ...
I am 'aving a wallow.., free range pork production

More white fallows

After our tour and when David had to dash off to check on the barley that was in his grain dryer, Amanda, Joe and I got talking narrowboats.   In a few years time when they are able to retire the aim is to adopt the ditch crawling liveaboard life of a narrowboater and they are seriously doing a lot of research and refining of their ideas for their prospective boat.
We had a lovely visit and until next time, thank you both.

8 comments:

Paul and Elaine said...

Can I have the award for the long distance stalker?

Nb Caxton said...

HiPaul
It's yours!!!
Lesley

Lisa said...

Organic Farming the way forward????? What piffle Lewis you know as well as even do the World would starve.
GM food is the way forward with a good dose of nitrogen.
Lisa x

Jo (Boatwoman) said...

Beautiful photographs xx

Nb Caxton said...

Hi Lisa
Well that told him and 'He' will have to get his tongue out of his cheek sharpish...
Lesley

Nb Caxton said...

Thanks Jo.
My 'posers' are lovely aren't they?
Lesley

Amanda said...

it was lovely to see you both. Photos look great. Go shot of the 'house'!!

Nb Caxton said...

Hi Amanda
It was lovely to see you all, and I include the lovely MAX in that of course.
I thought 'Chummers' wouldn't mind sharing his house with all the plebs that read my drivel....
X Lesley