News and oddments from around the county
Despite being Norfolk born and bred, work has taken us to several counties and twice to London, over 41 years of marriage. In September we returned to live in Norwich and have been blown away by the friendliness, kindness and courtesy of people in both the city and county.
Retailers make time for you in both chain stores and village shops, people chat as you queue at the checkout or wait to cross the road and new neighbours have been welcoming, but not overbearing, and even lent us garage space in which to store removal boxes. Our homecoming has been a delight!
The icing on Norfolk’s glorious ‘welcome back’ has to be from a man in a garage. It was just before we finally moved in and after a long day measuring and cleaning our new home we stopped for petrol before the weary, late drive back to London. When I went to pay, I wanted to buy a take-out coffee and tea for the journey.
Sadly the machine didn’t do tea. However my mystery knight of the filling station said: “I’ve got some tea bags and milk. I can make you one out the back.” Despite my protestations, that’s exactly what he did, producing the most welcome cup ever – and then refused to let me pay for it!
Long live Norfolk folk who go the extra mile with a smile – as he did!