03.04.2016 - 03.04.2016 14 °C
Our housesitting duties complete, we set off for Thetford this morning. You may not be familiar with its work, but Thetford's claim to fame is that it is where the television show "Dad's Army" was filmed - and even has a museum dedicated to this! For today, Thetford was where we caught up with Elise, Pete and Bardy.
Thetford Priory was the base - free entry and free parking made this incredibly appealing. I enjoy ruins without a roof, and the Priory met this criterion, but I tend to like a bit more in the wall department. We wandered along the river, past boats (much to Simon's delight) and ended up where a castle had once been. Definitely not there anymore, but the hills gave the general gist of the situation. There was a vast, open, green space and an amazing collection of playground apparatus. Unfortunately, lots of children were enjoying the sunshine and enhancing the development of their gross motor skills by playing on said apparatus, leaving no room for me to play. Boo.
Upon deciding that we wanted lunch, we were thrilled to spy a pub opposite the park. Outdoor tables + bunting + cheap beer = win. No food served = lose. Found a Portuguese cafe with the same outdoor table facilities, but it turned out to have the same lack of food facilities. Eventually we happened on the Black Horse and a full Sunday roast (pork and/or beef and/or lamb, complete with cauliflower cheese and hearty gravy). Epic win.
After a bit more Sunday afternoon strolling, we farewelled Elise, Pete and Bardy and hit the road. We chose the slightly longer but more scenic route to our hotel, going in the general direction of Peterborough but then skirting around it. It is odd to be in a hotel again - just one bedroom, just one bathroom, and no dishwasher. And no food, as it turns out. The restaurant next door closed at 6.30pm - we arrived at 7.30pm. The nearest pub stopped serving food at 4pm. The servo nearby had shut by the time we returned from the non-food-serving pub. So it was peanut butter sandwiches and cups of tea for dinner, accompanied by The Chase. Ninking at its best - go Team Buccas!