A Norfolk Indian Summer

My good intentions to write a newsletter every couple of months have completely gone out of the window and I have only just written my second newsletter! Since we reopened in May we have been rushed off our feet with guests & returning friends who have come to stay for rest, recuperation and a chance to get away to somewhere different for a change of scene.

Unfortunately the weather has been unusually bad for Norfolk this summer. Breckland is the driest part of the country and we normally have the same rainfall as Jerusalem (though sadly not the same sunshine as Jerusalem!) but this year we have had rain, followed by more rain, followed by cold & damp weather. Despite the inclement weather our guests have thoroughly enjoyed their time at College Farm and many have returned with friends for second & third visits in as many months.

Several of the local places that I recommend to our guests for supper in the evenings have either closed or changed their opening days, making it sometimes difficult to find somewhere to eat in the evenings. We are therefore finding that guests are asking to eat in house much more than before Covid-19. I’ve enjoyed expanding my choice of evening meals and learning lots of lovely new recipes. I’m very much an untrained home cook and have honed my cooking skills through many years of feeding hungry children & their friends. It is giving me enormous pleasure feeding our guests, especially when empty plates are returned to the kitchen.

We still offer freshly baked cakes every day and the most requested is lemon drizzle cake. I use a recipe from Karen at the Bed & Breakfast Academy I often gets comments from guests like “this is the best lemon drizzle cake in the world” or sometimes our guests are enjoying the cake so much they just smile and can only manage a long “mmmmmmm”.

Despite the bad start to the summer with less than perfect weather, we are now having an Indian summer with glorious sunshine, temperatures in the high 70s (perfect weather for drying the washing on the line!) and the promise of beautiful colours in the garden as autumn prepares to wow us with her display of nature preparing for winter.

We still have some vacancies if you fancy a trip to Norfolk and would like a few days away being looked after in our beautiful old house with just birdsong to interrupt the peace & tranquillity. We look forward to welcoming you to College Farm soon.

Karen’s Lemon Drizzle Cake

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