Cromer Pier

Sunday, 22nd May 2005

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As we walked through Cromer towards the pier Barbara spotted a copy of my sketchbook Richard Bell's Britain (Collins, 1981) in a secondhand bookshop . The cover was badly faded - it has obviously been sitting in the window for years, but it's fine inside.

Also bought a copy of Nature Cure (a new book; Chatto and Windus, 2005) by Richard Mabey, his account of 'overcoming depression through a love of nature and a reawakening of the imagination'. Mabey has been described (by Andrew Motion) as 'a man for all seasons, most regions and every kind of landscape' but the Norfolk landscape is one he's been drawn to throughout his life and the book follows the first year of his new life in East Anglia. I look forward to reading it during our stay here.


Cromer beachCrab-lines

Strips of bacon are being used as bait on the crab-lines dangled off the end of Cromer Pier. Amongst the shore crabs some children have a couple of velvet swimming crabs in their bucket:

'I thought it felt like velvet when I picked it up!' their mother says when I mention the name.

The lifeboat is out on an exercise so we come back to the Tides café at the entrance to the pier for lunch where I draw this view of the beach, looking north west along the coast.

The garden house

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Not far from the pier, on Garden Street, we came across the garden house which has a mix of arts, crafts and the fun things that no seaside gift shop can be without.

Norfolk book

And, they now also stock Saints and Serpents, my sketchbook of coast, cottage garden and medieval church (and some of the serpentine forms I found along the way) in the country to the south of Cromer.

The garden house is so far the only shop in Norfolk to stock Saints and Serpents, so, if you're passing, please call in and buy a copy because, if it sells well enough, that would be all the excuse I'd need to do another sketchbook about the wilder side of Norfolk. Next Page

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Willow Island Editions: if you aren't near Cromer you can buy a copy of Saints and Serpents from me.

Richard Bell,

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