broads-horseyrain3East Anglia is often said to be one of the driest regions of the UK. This is normally something I’d dispute, but I don’t think I can remember a dry spell quite as long as we’ve had lately – it must be eight weeks or so since our last drop of rain! With this, I thought I’d try and rescue two unspectacular landscape drawings, stitching in some angry skies and throwing the scene into a much-needed rainstorm. Sorry, sun fans.

Above, we have the approach to Horsey Windpump on a more traditional summer’s day. This was a last minute thing, as the way my fiddling with Photoshop was going, it looked more like spits and spots on a windscreen. It’s a new spin on the concept for me, anyway – and I’ve always rather enjoyed the way raindrops transform the passing landscape. From experience, I can say that Horsey Mere is not the most desirable place to be caught in the rain, even less should lightning decide to tag along. Stay in the car!

broads-caisterrain3The remains of Caister Castle, standing just to the east of the town, still looking out over the trees. Built for Sir John Fastolf, a soldier and knight who fought in the Hundred Years War and Battle of Agincourt, its construction began in 1433, making it one of the earliest and best-preserved ruins of a brick-built residence in England.

Fastolf would die at the castle in 1459, aged seventy-nine, and was buried ten miles away at St Benet’s Abbey. With no children, ownership of the castle was contested, but eventually it went to John Paston, a close confidante and advisor. Challenging the inheritance, the Duke of Norfolk would end up attacking the castle with up to three thousand men, ultimately succeeding in taking the site, however, it would once again find its way back to the Paston family on his death, with several others claiming it into the sixteenth century. The castle gradually fell into disrepair, and with a new manor built nearby in 1600 it was all but neglected, except the tower, which saw continued used as accommodation. Easily the proudest and most intact feature of the building today – I believe you can still access and climb it – the tower is not only testament to the craft of those that erected it but a marvellous landmark, a beacon of inspiration against the vast Norfolk skies. Oh, and as if that weren’t enough, there’s also a motor museum on the grounds.

Temperatures are set to climb further still next week. Fingers crossed for a nice downpour to cool off – maybe a flash or two of lightning, too? 😉

  1. blosslyn said:

    It must have worked, we are just out side of Kings Lynn and we are having some rain, not much, but enough to make the grass damp 🙂

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    • Jacob said:

      Ah, nice. We really need it! It did cloud up a bit here in Yarmouth shortly after publishing this, actually 😛 but no rain as yet.

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      • blosslyn said:

        It was only for an hour, a light drizzle, but it does seem to have invigorated the grass a little 🙂

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  2. itsmyhusbandandme said:

    We got a downpour last night. And some.

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  3. This drawings are haunting and beautiful, we have the same weather…”hot”, no rain in sight.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks so much, Sharon – the Broads is a haunting place! Here’s to staying cool in this seemingly everlasting heatwave.

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  4. That drawing of the windpump really amazes me. I feel like I’m in the car, with those windshield wipers up like that. Great composition, and of course the water looks excellent as well

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks ever so much – I’ve drawn several scenes like this over the years, but the car was a new addition. Glad it worked!


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