Monday and the advent calendar reveals a Christmas pudding! Just opposite the Forum is St.Peter Mancroft church and by the side of the graveyard - Pudding Lane! Job done! Then it's off in the radio car to Norwich International Airport and the office of the Managing Director, Elliott Summers. Six new destinations have been launched over the past three months and there are plans to add more. Despite the current climate he's quite upbeat about their future. Tenerife and Spain are destinations soon to be added.
The, as can ahappen some mornings, there's a last minute dash to see what's happened at Thunder Lane. As someone pulled onto the front of shop parking to get their hair cut, the driver of a Volvo got his foot caught on the accelerator and drove the car right into the shop! Here's hairdresser Jukian who was just getting out of his car when it happened. Fortunately no-one was hurt and you have to see the funny side of it. The man didn't get a haircut by the way!
Tuesday and the advent calendar reveals a sprig of holly which I found at the greengrocers just near Aylsham market place! Supplied by a local man the berries are plentiful this year and our expert reckons that this variety originally came from Holland! Not prickly at all. Then down the road I revisit the village shop at Itternigham. A real success story of the community pulling together. Mike Hemsley (foreground) and one of the helpers tell us how the shop and adjacent art gallery work so well together.
STOCKINGS! Were my advent calendar challenge today but I had to wait for a large city store to open before I could persuade a very reluctant assistant to talk to be about stockings, suspender belts and all points between!!
Thursday. Dr. Caroline Ball is Chair of Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board and today at the John Innes conference centre they have two dozen pairs of childrens shoes on display - the number believed to have died as a result of domestic abuse in the UK over the last two years. Police, social workers, teachers and anyone with regular contact with children are attending in or5der that lessons are learnt and reducing this figure.
On a lighter note, I then travelled to Stalham Staithe here seen in the early light. I talk to Steve Birtles, head of waterways, safety and strategy at the Broads Authority. There's a new leaflet out with hints on boating in winter. Call in for a copy at Dragonfly House in Norwich. They'd like to see more people using the Broads in winter. It's a beautiful time to cruise and we often go out. It'll soon be time for another New Years Day cruise !!
Friday's quest for the advent calendar was for baubles and it uncovered an interesting story. Here you see a pawnbrokers sign at Magdalen Gates in the city. Apparently they represent the three bags of gold that the benevolent Bishop of Myra (Turkey) threw through the window of a poor man who was going to sell his three daughters into prostitution. With the money they could marry instead. The bishop was also known as Nicholas of Bari and it's from here that we get Santa Claus. His remains are buried in Italy. The bags of gold adorn the Chistmas Tree and after he was sainted gave rise to the Saint Nicholas myth we associate with Father Christmas. His gown was bright green until the Coca-Cola company had a marketing campaign using his image. They decided that bright red was a more suitable colour to go with their product and that's why Santa Claus is dressed in red these days!!! Next, I'm talking with David Ashcroft and Annie Sadler, both veterans of the Carrow Cup - a rowing competition older than the Boat Race itself. It does involve dressing up a bit for the season and takes place between Pulls Ferry and the Norwich Rowing Club headquarters at Whitlingham Lane.