Wednesday, 22 June 2016

41 All Saints Green

At 41 All Saints Green, Norwich, stands a grand grade II listed, late 18th Century Merchant's House. Three storeys tall, it is actually the little side building that caught my attention. With blue doors, and looking very weathered of late, it is strikingly different to nearby neighbour John Lewis,. It has also clearly taken a beating at some time, with substantial brick repairs evident. The yoga room behind is now closed, and taking a look at Norwich City Council's website, planning permission has been granted to convert the building into 2 commercial units and 7 residential dwellings.

Interested to find out more of the history of this place.

Friday, 17 June 2016

The Railway Mission

Prince of Wales Road, Norwich.

A place that tends to have rather a reputation for bars and clubs of all kinds, excessive drinking, fighting, and a heavy police presence and the SOS bus at the weekend.

But amongst the nightspots, taxi ranks and takeaways at the Riverside end of the road stands a fantastic little Grade II listed building. I am ashamed to confess I didn't notice it for years, mainly because I normally rush down this road as quickly as possible, concentrating entirely on my destination rather than the surroundings. It is a fantastic little building, and apparently quite easy to miss if you're not paying attention. Opposite Mercy and Rocco's, it is now occupied by the Norwich  Evangelical Free Church.

The brick colours are fantastic, and the detail on the Railway Mission sign very pleasing. The building is also in very good condition but for a small bit of graffiti. A total treasure of a place.

The Railway Mission itself is a British Mission and charity devoted to those in the railway industry and was founded in 1881. This building is apparently one of the best examples of a Railway Mission hall left standing. See for more details.

These photos were taken over the course of two days, as there is a time restricted parking bay in front of the building. I love the colour of the building in the sunlight. It makes all the different building materials really noticeable, with the bricks at the bottom of the building having a shiny finish.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Turner's Shoes

On the junction of Esdelle Street and Edward Street in Norwich is a curious little place, Turner's Shoes. I've driven past it for years, but never actually stopped to look a little closer until yesterday. I was always under the impression that it was a shop that had been closed for years, with the teetering boxes of shoes in the window never seeming to move, and the main display never changing. The blue paint is faded and flaking off the shop front, in some places covered over by a scrawled graffiti tag.

Yesterday there was a hand written note on the door and a neighbour confirmed that Turner's Shoes is still operating, and has in fact just been closed for the last couple of weeks due to illness. Situated a stones throw from Anglia Square, I'm not sure how it has survived in this location for so long? Maybe there are people more curious than me who instead of driving by, took a good look long ago?


Tuesday, 12 April 2016


A couple of weeks ago I headed out to the heart of the Norfolk Broads to visit Wayside Pottery - a great little place of artistic wonder established by Clare Goodman. Clare relocated to Norfolk to pursue a more relaxed and creative lifestyle, and certainly seems to have found a perfect spot to make the dream of her very own artist studio very much a reality.

Clare designs and creates rather unique and original pottery animals, and I really like them. Fired using different techniques, each piece is truly one of a kind, with it's own personality.

Having never photographed pottery, it was a really interesting experience. Capturing the detail and colours of each work was a challenge, and also quite nerve wracking - delicate items always slightly scare me. The day was completed by the real life Basil the dog joining in and bringing his toys to the photo shoot.




Chameleon detail



Super cute polar bears

I love their faces!

Clare is currently exhibiting with the Happy Potters at The Forum, Norwich, as part of the Open Studio Taster 2016. Clare and fellow artists Gwyn Durrand-Grace and Jenna Pritchard will be part of Open Studios from 28th May until the 10th June 2016.

I'll be heading back to Wayside Pottery when the new kiln is in place to spend a bit more time documenting how these curious creatures come to life, and I might even take a photo of Basil the dog for you too...

Friday, 25 March 2016

Olives Supper Club - reprise

Good Friday turned out to be a very good Friday, with a return to Olives Supper Club, this time as a diner again.

Yes, I was the annoying one taking photos of each course (we've all done it and don't try and tell me otherwise) but with food that looks and tastes this good, it would have been rude not to share it with you.

The menu was a Spring Has Sprung Easter themed treat. As usual my Supper Club buddy Katy and I chose to get one of each choice from the menu and share. This way we got to taste both the meaty and vegetarian dishes.

We had a trio of yummy dips (carrot and caraway, beetroot and walnut and pea and mint), potted rabbit, bread and salad for starter. This was followed by Lamb Kleftiko and Torta pasqualina, served with sauteed potatoes and a green salad, and finally hot cross bread and butter pudding with a most delightful proper custard.

It tasted totally as good as it looks, and a very nice evening was had by all.

If you haven't been yet, do go along to Olives Supper Club, a great dining experience not to be missed.

Iain and Freya

At the start of the year I launched a competition to win a free portrait session. Iain was the lucky winner. He chose a photo shoot for his beautiful daughter Freya, so, on 19th March I ventured out with Iain and Freya for a photo session in Eaton Park in Norwich.

I love Eaton Park as it is such a large and varied place. There is plenty of green space, gardens with a water fountain, a boating lake, miniature railway, bowling green, crazy golf, pitch and putt, a playground, football facilities AND a skate park - as well as a beautiful bandstand in the middle. We are so lucky to have such spaces in our fine city.

The session started with meeting our star of the day, Freya, and getting to know her a little. As it turned out, she was a very natural model and needed little direction from me on the day. A total delight to work with, and so enthusiastic and photogenic. I am one lucky photographer!

As we sat by the bandstand we noted all the works going on to the cafe, which is due to open under the management of the folk behind The Bicycle Shop. This will be a wonderful addition to the park, and I'm sure the new owners will act as a draw in themselves.

I've included some of the photos below. It was a total pleasure spending time with Iain and Freya, and proving to Iain that he is photogenic! If you would like any photos of your nearest and dearest, then please don't hesitate to contact me.

Also check out the Friends of Eaton Park, who help to keep the park the lovely place it is. 

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Olives Supper Club

On Thursday 3rd March I went to spend some time with the folks at Olives at one of their regular Supper Club nights. This time, it was to document the amazing atmosphere and experience, rather than to enjoy the fantastic food from a patron perspective.

Before Supper Club begins! A lovely space.

I became aware of the Supper Club around mid 2015, after the chatter about it reached me through friends that had been and experienced the many delights. Since then, I've visited many times and I have never left disappointed.

Open for business

It's a truly great evening, in a great venue, at a great price, with great service. What more could you want?

At the bottom of historic Elm Hill, Olives has a lovely laid back feel. Not too laid back of course, but enough to make you totally relax. It's rather like going home to an old friend and just feeling at one with your surroundings and host.

At the bottom of historic Elm Hill

Supper Clubs work something like this. Alys (head chef and all round champion) creates a set menu of mouth watering treats for both meat and vegetarian based diets, and the masses go and enjoy. A simple, yet very effective approach to dinner.

The photo wall - always of interest.

Each week has a different theme, in the last few months there has been a Persian feast, celebration of the Chinese New Year, a tour of Eastern Europe and Scandinavian Traditional Christmas menu.

I was there to document the Malaysian Supper Club. The menu was as follows:

To start
Spiced fishcake or tofu chilli and lime cake served in a banana leaf wrap, served with gado gado salad.

For main
Nasi lemak (coconut rice with egg, fried peanuts and sambal) served with acar pickled and served with either - beef rendang or devils curry

For pud
Banana pancakes with lemon coconut curd

Overlooked by Saint Anthony, the kitchen mascot and Patron Saint of Bacon and cooks in general, Alys gets to work preparing the orders that come in. It is always a pleasure to watch someone in their kitchen space, being creative and making something delicious. I particularly like that Alys is involved in all aspects of the evening - from welcoming guests, to serving them drinks, cooking their food and washing their plates. The whole customer experience during the evening is really important. This is how it should be, and quite different to some other places I have experienced, where the people running things don't seem to like getting involved at any level except to see the potential profits. This makes for yet another endearing feature of the Olives Supper Club, it is such a warm and friendly experience.

Saint Anthony, overlooking the kitchen.

Plenty of deliciously fragrant and amazing looking dishes pass out of the kitchen to the eager guests via the ever attentive Joe, and empty plate after empty plate is returned. Always a sure sign of a successful evening.
Many empty plates

The first time diners left making promises to return, and the regulars went away predictably satisfied.

You can find out more about upcoming Olives Supper Club events here. Don't miss out on one of the best evenings to be had in the City. The full set of photos can be found here.