Season’s Greetings from Norfolk

 

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The sight of 24 twinkling trees lining the drive to Blickling Hall in North Norfolk is magical. This is not all.  Along with another 26 Christmas trees around the house and gardens, there are 19,000 lights decorating Blickling overall.

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Season’s Greetings

Nach einem nicht gerade idealen Jahr in der Welt wünschen wir euch eine dennoch Frohe Weihnacht und ein Neues Jahr, in dem ihr alle euer Glück finden werdet.

After not an ideal year worldwide we wish you nevertheless a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May you all find what you need for your happiness.

The Fab Four of Cley

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© Text and illustrations, Hanne Siebers and Klausbernd Vollmar,  Cley next the Sea, 2016

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  1. Så helt utrolig vakkert! 🙂 ❤

    My dear, dear friends,
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you all,
    see you next year.
    I'm looking forward to your posts in 2017.
    Klem, Hjerter ❤

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  2. Ein ganz böser Schatten hat uns ja hier in Berlin gerade noch voll erwischt, aber da jetzt die Wintersonnenwende schon hinter uns liegt, wird es auf jeden Fall jetzt wieder heller, denn ganz viel Licht benötigt diese Welt auch 2017 (so wie auf dem Foto) & noch mehr helle Köpfe!

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    • Siri and Selma think that waste is allowed at Christmas time – they love many, many lights and Dina as well, she is used to it from Scandinavia.
      Thanks and all the best to you 🙂 xxx
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  3. Stunning! Merry Christmas fab four and thank you all for your memorable posts this year – the Master’s oft thought-provoking prose, Dina’s exquisite photos and Selma and Siri’s wonderful wit, wisdom and wonder. I do hope they resolve the mystery of the disappearing red tent. Wishing you a wonderful 2017. And lots of sparkly fayrie dust! Enjoy the festivities!!
    Jude xx

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    • Good afternoon, dear Jude,
      yeah! The red tent is back but we got it in because gails are forecasted.
      Thanks for your kind words 🙂 🙂
      We send you lots of love and finest fairy dust, have a cosy time
      With lots of love xxxx
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Dear Pete, good afternoon,
      we wish you lots of love and send you finest fairy dust
      We say “thank you!” for all your kind commentaries.
      The Fab Four of Cley
      now are baking and cooking …

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    • Lieber Pit, liebe Mary,
      euch beiden auch gemütliche Feiertage und ein fried- und freudvolles 2017
      Wir backen schon wieder Weihnachtsplätzchen, da Siri und Selma die zuvor gebackenen bereits alle weggemampft haben – naja, spricht ja für die Plätzchen 🙂
      Alles Liebe und Gute für euch im fernen Texas
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  4. Yes is looking quite beautiful this year, lovely and festive, and some of the Norfolk villages seem to have excelled themselves this year as well. Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Joyful New Year 🙂

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  5. Talk of a celebration of lights – this is magical!! I’ve been to Blickling Hall and enjoyed it very much but would love to see it like this! Wishing you all a very special Christmas filled with joy, warmth and kindness. 🎄☃May the New Year run a steadier course. 😀

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  6. Blickling Hall looks all ready for a magical fly past sometime soon ! How Special ! Wishing you much joy, happiness and laughter over the festive season Hanne and Klausbernd … and all the best for 2017 .
    Now . Tell me just where ARE those little faeyries … I swear one of those Christmas trees shook a little 😉
    Poppy xx

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    • Dear Poppy,
      shall we tell you a secret – but don’t tell anyone else, please! Blickling is Siri’s and Selma’s fairy tale castle, well, for the holiday season only. And they love to fly around those Christmas trees.
      We wish you happy healthy holidays and say thank you for your kind commenting at our blog
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  7. Merry Christmas to you! Gewagte Farbe für ein Schloss! (oder was ist das Gebäude?) Gerade war sie mir etwas viel (in meinem Ballettsaal setzt Magenta deutliche Akzente, es schwingt hoch, dachte optimal für Tanz) deshalb zog ich mich ins Himmelblau zurück, kränkelte vor mich hin…
    Juhu, rechtzeitig zu den Feiertagen erhebe ich mich wieder, wie es aussieht!
    Freut Ihr euch noch nach Weihnachten über Geschenke?! Die steinige yellowbrigroad zur Poststation war zu weit…
    Aber, jetzt wird es gehen!
    19 000 Lichter – Zauberei?! Stromsparen ist da nicht…oder?!
    Naja, my home is my castel, wir werden in der Odenwald-Hütte Kerzen anzünden und es uns gut gehen lassen, das ist der Plan!
    Das Blinking Hall Foto und eure Weihnachtspost gefallen mir sehr, interessant wäre noch: Nehmen die normale Lichterketten oder haben die auch schon auf LED in bläulich-kalt-weiß umgestellt? Die sollen nicht so schnell brennen, im Kindergarten werden nur noch die verwendet.

    Alles Liebe und ganz wundervolle, gemütliche und fröhliche Weihnachten euch allen!

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    • Liebe Pia,
      weiterhin gute Besserung.
      Nee, zum Lichtfest wird nicht Strom gespart, ganz wie auch in Skandinavien.
      Wir sind gerade damit zugange, Plätzchen zu backen – die erste Ration mampften Siri und Selma weg. Obwohl ganz ehrlich, die Kokosmakronen wurden zu trocken. Jetzt wird ein neues Rezept gerade von Selmalein fein ausprobiert.
      Klar, wir lieben Geschenke und wie 😉 Das halbe Kaminzimmer liegt schon voller Geschenke, und es gehört die Energie eines Raubtierbändigers dazu, um unsere wilden lieben Buchfeen von ihren Geschenken fern zu halten.
      Hyggelig gemütliche Ferien euch
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  8. Gerade habe ich gesehen, die mischen manchmal noch ein wenig türkis bei, das sieht auch nicht schlecht aus, magenta-türkis gestreift, das werden die Farben für meine neue Homepage, so jetzt heraus aus den Federn, Christkind steht vor der Tür!
    Ihr habt es schön in Norfolk, genießt es, ich freue mich für euch!

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    • Naja, da doch Magenta eine der Grundfarben beim Vierfarbdruck CMYK ist, hat es Kraft, und dazu der türkisene Grünton als Grundfarbe der Lichtfarben RGB, da kommt schon einiges an Power zusammen. Uns wäre es zu mächtig, aber das ist Geschmackssache.
      Liebe Grüße
      The Fab Four of Cley
      Hab’s fein 🙂

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  9. Liebe Hanne, lieber Klausbernd,
    auch von uns aus Berlin wünschen wir ein frohes, besinnliches und friedliches Weihnachtsfest.
    Hätten wir den Ort des Fotos nicht mit persönlichen Augen gesehen, ungeschmückt im Frühjahr, würden wir denken, es wäre wie im Märchen.
    Wir werden jetzt auf Lebensmitteleinkaufstour gehen und für unsere Gäste morgen am Heiligen Abend die letzten Dinge kaufen.
    Liebe Grüße von Susanne und Micha

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    • Guten Tag, liebe Susanne,
      wir hatten gestern unsere große Einkaufstour in Norwich. Heute backen wir unsere zweite Ladung Plätzchen, da die erste von voriger Woche bereits verschwand, dann gibt’s die Weihnachtssauna und danach wird nur noch vorm offenen Feuer gefaulenzt.
      Wir wünshen euch eine gemütliche, fröhliche Zeit
      mit lieben Grüßen und Siri’s und Selma’s feinsten Feenhauch
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  10. I reckon “blickling” and “to blickle” should officially enter the language, as near-synonyms for such words as sparkling, twinkling, scintillating, shimmering etc. To all the Cley Gang: Have a really blickling Christmas-time! RH

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    • Dear RH
      we love “to blickle” – great new word!
      We still have a blinkling Christmas time, we miss the snow and ice a bit, but nevertheless we eat and drink and are happy.
      We hope you have a blickling time as well!
      All the best for the New Year
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  11. Hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas Day (I’m a bit late getting through my emails), but more importantly, hope the New Year is a good one on your side of the World. More importantly, I hope all the refugees are able to find a home, food and a place in foreign lands that if not like home, at least a place they can call home for the near future. Vicki x

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    • Dear Vicki,
      thank you very much for all your good wishes. We are fine and full of thanks that we are so privileged not being refugees. In comparison to England quite some refugees are already integrated in Germany. Well, Germany can afford to do a lot for integration and needs a lot of new people for its industry. Companies were desperately looking for workers. That helps a lot.
      All the best and a happy New Year
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  12. I finally have tiptoed around, looking in all the corners of your blog — such photos! and such wonderful text. I’m looking forward to visiting your Fab Four in the new year, and sending you wishes for a wonderful new year.

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  13. Hej FF! Meine Kokosflocken wurden auch ein wenig zu trocken. Und es war sehr viel rundherum die letzten Tage……. So wünsche ich Euch das sich noch Plaetzcehen finden und Euch beim Guten Rutsch in ein ebenso gutes neues 2017 begleiten. Herzliche Grüsse Ruth

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  14. A glorious view! Wishing you all fab four a warm and bright Christmas and a Happier New Year than the previous one, for the world and for us all. Let us set sails to face it, embrace it and do as many good deeds as we can. Warm hugs from me in cold and rainy Sweden.

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    • Dear Leya,
      from sunny and cold Norfolk lots of love and thank you for your good wishes for the world and us 🙂
      You have been travelling the Amazon River, wow! We suppose you went by boat from Manaus. We read the diaries of Humboldt travelling this area as well. He complains nearly every day about all the flying and biting insects there. Well, you survived 😉
      We wish you all the best, health and happiness for the New Year
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  15. Oh my the photo is like looking at magic itself. Although we are late with Christmas greetings this brings the warmed wishes for much joy in 2017. May your travels be filled with new discoveries that fill your heart.

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    • Dear Sue
      thank you very, very much for your good wishes 🙂
      We wish you all the best, happyness and health and of course GREAT travels in 2017.
      With love from Norfolk
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Guten Tag, liebe Martina,
      danke für die lieben Wünsche 🙂 Wir sind gemütlich mit feinem Essen und Trinken ins Neue Jahr gekommen. Bei dir war’s hoffentlich auch schön.
      Die besten Wünsche und natürlich feinsten Feenhauch von uns.
      Alles Liebe vom kleinen Dorf am großen Meer
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Dear Ginny
      indeed, Blickling is worth visiting. We love its Jacobean-style, looks like a fairy tale castle. There are quite some Jacobean buildings around. We love those houses with a long history and a soul.
      All the best from the idyllic small village next the big sea
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  16. Yes, Seasons and daughters, happy new yeah!
    Also mein Englisch….es schwächelt….

    Frohes neues Jahr euch!
    Hier schneit es seit 3 Tagen, sieht sehr schön aus, liebste Grüße und alles Gute für 2017!!!!!

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    • Hallo, liebe Pia,
      da wissen wir auch nicht, was da los war, aber wir diese Kommentare erst jetzt gesehen. Hier schneit’s leider nicht, aber dafür fliegen große Schwärme Wildgänse über unser Haus.
      Alles Liebe und Gute dir
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Dear Jane
      we are very sorry for not answering before but for some mysterious reason the comments from the beginning of January didn’t show up before this afternoon. SORRY!
      Thanks for all your good wishes.
      A happy and healthy year for you as well
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Dear Adrian,
      don’t worry, we behind of everything as well. We were just too lazy and enjoyed it.
      Now we are hoping for lots and lots of snow. Winter without snow is so un-romantic.
      We had lots and lots of sunshine and it was more like spring but today the weather should change – well, we will see.
      Thanks for your kind words, all the best to you and Chris
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  17. Your opening photo not only holds magic that depicts perfectly the Christmas spirit, but also the magic that is the winter season. Looking at this photo this evening makes me think of family and traditions of home I just left…it is a great feeling. Thank you!

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    • Good afternoon, dear Dalo,
      for us part of the Christmas spirit is snow. But, oh dear, we had it sunny here until today but now the weather is forecasted to change. We very much hope for lots and lots of snow. We miss snow and ice very much here.
      We love to celebrate all those German and Norwegian Christmas traditions. Around Christmas until Jan. 6th our whole house is changed. Especially Siri and Selma take care that we have lots of Christmas deco and that we bake and cook a lot and eat and drink too much 😉
      We were used have Christmas in a cold season with lots of snow and ice. It’s strange to have a kind of springlike Christmas here. For you it must be even more drastic.
      With lots of love and thank you
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Thanks for your kind words 🙂
      With lots of love from North Norfolk to South Finland
      The Fab Four of Cley
      By the way our dear Master used to live in Hämeenlinna many, many years ago.

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