Looking Back at July – Liked & Loved

Over the past four years of blogging, I have tried to write a weekly update series, listing all the things I have loved over the previous seven days. However, as is my way, I haven’t managed to stick to it, and it has finally dawned on me that a weekly series may not suit me. So I thought  I would join in with the monthly Liked & Loved linky, which is hosted by Stevie from A Cornish Mum.

I’m pretty certain I can manage a post a month on the topic of everything I loved about that month.

Well, reasonably certain.

I’m hopeful, let’s put it that way. ūüôā

Looking Back at July

July started with a meal out to The Station Smokehouse in Wroxham. If you come to Norfolk on holiday, or if you are local taking a day trip to Wroxham, and if BBQ is your jam then book a table here. You won’t regret it. 

I had one of the best steaks I’ve had in a long time, Rob had chicken and ribs, and the kids had chicken strips. They also had a milkshake each that induced the biggest case of brain freeze I have seen in a long time. 

Looking back at July - chocolate milkshake at The Station Smokehouse
Brain freeze in 3, 2, 1….


One thing I have started to do recently, once a week, is jump on the bus to Norwich once I’ve dropped the kids off at school. I often just have a stroll around the city then meet up with Rob or a friend for lunch. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to start doing this, but it’s been a brilliant addition to my weekly routine. I will start doing it again once the new school term starts in September.

This year’s ‘Go-Go’ trail had just started when I headed into the city at the start of the month. This year Norwich and several other locations across the county has been invaded with Hares. It’s all in aid of Break charity. 

I spotted several hares on this occasion, but there are so many more to seek out across the city, so I will be heading up with the kids at some point in August to try to spot them all.

Looking back at July - Go Go Hares

Looking back at July - Haremione Hare
‘Hare’mione Hare

Looking Back at July – Christmas in July

Then in the middle of July came the event I had been excitedly waiting for for weeks – Christmas in July. 

Christmas in July is when all the big brands showcase their Christmas ranges to the press. I was invited along to the Christmas in July Festival held in Bloomsbury. 

I saw so many brands in the space of three hours, and I just don’t have the space to feature them all in this post but have no fear, I will be telling you more about them in the coming months. In the meantime though, here are a few photos from the day: 

Looking back at July - Flying Tiger Baubles

As to be expected, based on their previous Christmas endeavours, Flying Tiger wins the Christmas baubles award.

Looking Back at July - Flying Tiger Bulldog bauble

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Raymond Brigg’s classic The Snowman, and it is being celebrated in style.

Looking back at july - the snowman


There are so many different commemorative items being sold this year, and each one is utterly beautiful and loaded with nostalgia. A particular mention has to go to a new version of the Snowman which has been written by Michael Morpurgo. I was lucky enough to be gifted a copy and have been reading at night with my son. It will be the perfect book to read this December in the run-up to Christmas.

Here are a few of the highlights from the brands I saw at Christmas in July:

Looking Bak at July - Dualit
Dualit – Christmas in July


Looking back at July - Emma Bridgewater
The gorgeous Christmas range from Emma Bridgewater


Looking back at July. Berry Bros & Rudd - Hamper
Christmas hamper from Berry Bros & Rudd


Looking back at July - alcoholic advent calendars from First 4 Hampers
Alcoholic advent calendars from First 4 Hampers


Looking back at July - Oxfam Christmas
Oxfam’s Christmas Selection – a riot of colour


Looking back at July - Fairytale of New York Baubles
These Fairytale of New York baubles from Prezzy Box will absolutely be adorning our Christmas tree this year!

A few days after Christmas in July it was birthday time for M, who turned 7. We went to Roarr Dinosaur Adventure for the day and had a great time doing the dinosaur trail. We also went on the deer safari, which was far better than I was expecting it to be. I was surprised at just how close to the deer we actually got.

Looking back at July - Deer Safari
Deer Safari

We are now one week into the school summer holidays and so far it’s going pretty well. We have started the holidays with a staycation. Rob’s parents have come up to stay and we are exploring North Norfolk. 

Looking back at July - Creake Abbey
Creake Abbey

Even though I have lived in Norfolk since I was 7 there are still places I haven’t visited. One of them being Creake Abbey. There are also places I haven’t been back to in years, so I’m really looking forward to our few days of exploration.

Looking back at July - Creake Abbey
Creake Abbey


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  • Helena

    I’d really love to be invited to one of the Christmas in July events they look fantastic. There’s a hare trail in the Cotswolds too. My girls may now prefer to spot these than geocaches. #LikedandLoved

    • Catherine

      I didn’t know what to expect of Christmas in July as this was my first year – but it was such fun! You should apply to go along next year. xxx

  • Stevie - A Cornish Mum

    What gorgeous photos! I had no idea Norwich was so pretty, as I’ve never been there. Christmas in July looks amazing, I keep getting invited but London is always a bit of a trek from Cornwall so I haven’t been yet!

    Thanks for joining in with #LikedandLoved ūüôā

    Stevie x

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