left Norfolk in 1952,and enjoy reading the letters from all the
ex pats. The one thing I would like to know is, does anyone remember
eating Savory Duck bought in Magdelen Street, Norwich, on Friday
night. I still remember how everyone enjoyed it and have tried so
many times to make it. Please can someone help? E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
am sure Hovells in Bridewell Avenue sell corn dollies, they used
to. I have also seen them for sale at Wroxham Barns.
See Corn Dollies below
anybody got any traditional Norfolk recipes? I enjoy collecting
recipes, and am particularly interested in a recipe for Norfolk
eggs - a potato and cheese version of a Scotch egg.
BLOOMFIELD, ATTLEBOROUGH, NORFOLK
have carried on the "Jack Valentine" tradition with my 8-year-old
daughter. We have been in the USA for 18 months but "Jack Valentine"
will still be visiting, knocking at the door and leaving presents
this Valentine's Day.
dollies: In response to the person who wanted to know where
to get corn dollies in the USA, I know just the spot. Plymouth Plantation,
Plymouth, Mass, sells them in the gift shop. The Plantation is a
reproduction Pilgrim village near Cape Cod. I was amazed when I
saw the corn dollies, as I had been looking for them for years.
The e-mailer can get in touch
J LEAMY, WEYMOUTH, MA,USA
fishermen: During my last two visits to the Broads I was watching
out for the eel fishermen. Alas I did not see one. Does nobody go
eel fishing any more? These men were very friendly and always had
time to talk to you and what interesting conversation it was. I
for one certainly missed them.
JOHN KENDALL, LEICESTER
dialect: Dear Norfolk, how are you? I totally agree with your
sentiments! It is about time the English stood up for themselves.
Do you see yourselves as Englsi and East Anglian? I sure hope so.
I am originally from Essex and am currently researching Saxon/Angle/jute
early English history. The English have a long history and it is
actually making me quite angry that I was not taught in school in
England. Any comments on that please e-mail: email@example.com
Keep fighting for your rights and all the best to you.
ANDERSON, WARSAW, INDIANA, USA
Corn Dollies: I know it is not
just a "Norfolk Thing", but I would love to get a couple of Norfolk
corn dollies. My mum lives in King's Lynn and has looked around
and can't seem to find any. If anyone knows where I could get them
I would love to know. Also, how about "dockey"? I believe this is
only said in certain counties of East Anglia. I used to have a Norfolk
accent when I was younger, but I don't have one now. I love to hear
PAM, LOUISIANA, USA (expat)
who does know where Pam can get corn dollies can e-mail us here
at BBC Norfolk Online
and we'll pass it on to her.
Meadows, Producer, BBC Norfolk
there, The last time I was "home" in Wroxham I am sure I saw corn
dollies at The Barns in Tunstead. They are trying to preserve all
sorts of local crafts there. The Norfolk dialect needs a bit of
explaining around the globe. Here in New Zealand they could not
understand Bernard Mattews when he said lamb was "Bootiful" they
can't understand many dialects unless they are expats like me. "mine
how yu go Bor" and remember the Singing Postman
BUTCHER, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
I laughed when I read Michael R. Wilde's message about St Valentine's
Day. I also remember it well. When I first came to Bedford I tried
to carry on this tradition, but people here thought me a bit strange.
I also wondered if Michael Wilde ever lived at Frettenham. If anybody
from home would like to make contact I would be very pleased and
happy. My address is Isabelkeast@btinternet.com
folk are well known for their hospitality and their assistance with
travel directions. Whilst it seems that all roads in north Norfolk
lead to 'By Road' (yet I have never been able to find it...), a
favourite method of giving directions is to say '....you follow
the road past the post office - only that ain't there no more...'
wonder how many will understand this written by Bruther Will.
IN TER THU'CITY
We set orf wun mornin'abowt nine
My missus,meself,an' that dawter o'mine
They sed thet wood only taeke an hour or tew Jest got a few bits
In an' owt thuh shops we go
Sumthin'loike a bloomin' yoo yoo
Try anuther shop in thuh next street
Neither on'em care abowt my aching feet.
"I thowt we wus goin'home on thuh dinner-time bus"
"Oh cum along father,do'ant maeke such a fuss We'll git a bit o'dinna
in a minit or tew
After thet I've only a few things tew dew"
We got thuh bus at a quarter-arter-four
Roight glad I was tew be outa that din,
They say they're cummin up wunce more
No bor,Oi sharn't be cummin agin
may not be talking about the traditions which you intended but the
one tradition I miss when visiting Norfolk is the old traditional
butcher .I have been visiting the Broads now since the early 50s
and one of the first things we used to do was to visit the local
butcher and get some real Norfolk sausages. I remember walking up
the hill from Ranworth into South Walsham just to get sausages.
Bring back the traditional butcher.
JOHN KENDALL, LEICESTER
reference to typical Norfolk expressions, "fraun a cold" is a favourite
of my mother. What about mauther, (I am not sure of the spelling
morther or mauther) meaning woman? I believe the singing postman
used that in one of his songs. In our house potatoes were always
referred to as taters, also instead of a glass of beer, I remember
hearing "a drop a beer".
PUERTO DE LA CRUZ, TENERIFE
Helen of Tenerife, taters may have been the word you used, but I
remember potatoes being called spuds. Also a hole in your socks
was also called a spud and your mother would darn it. Yes I also
remember the singing postman and one of his songs Molly Lindley
( she smokes like a chimney). Sad to say I heard he died.
R WILDE, USA
Michael, yes I do remember. A clip aroun your lug ole - And yes
a hole in your sock was a spud. I still say that. I sometimes slip
and ask someone if they are Luggy! [deaf]. How about "Shut
SHEILA, PORTLAND, OREGON
A tradition on St Valentine's. As I only found out recently that
on St Valentine's Day when your parents used to knock on the front
door and run away leaving small gifts on the step for children of
the house to find. I was under the impression that it was performed
all over England, but as I found out after many years, it's performed
only in Norfolk. Or last, but not least, how about the saying a
clip around the lug hole.(ear)
R WILDE, STRATFORD,
love the expression that instead of getting in trouble, I "get wrong".
I have never stopped using it, and although my kids have pretty
much grown up here in the US, they regularly tell their friends
they can't do something otherwise they will "get wrong off of me
mum". I don't think it is used anywhere else in the UK, just Norfolk.
CHRIS THOMPSON, CENTREVILLE,