The Musical Keys Session That Wasn’t

A walk, some dreadful weather and a double-booking. Also some photographs.


Musical Keys run regular sessions for NAS West Norfolk, and I attend these sessions both as a participant and in my role as branch secretary of NAS West Norfolk. Today should have been a Musical Keys day, and after lunch I set off on an afternoon walk with the Scout Hut in Gaywood as my envisaged final destination. 


Although I was ultimately aiming for Gaywood I decided to lengthen the walk by going along the river bank as far as my regular cormorant observation point and then returning to the route to Gaywood by way of Seven Sisters and the Red Mount Chapel. Unfortunately I was near the end of the riverside stretch when the rain started coming down in stair rods, and it stayed raining all the way to Gaywood. Although Gaywood Library is small there are sometimes good books to be found there, and I did find some today.


While in Gaywood Library I logged into a computer, and it was there that I saw a facebook post telling me that Musical Keys had been cancelled due to a double booking. As I was still not fully dried out from the walk to Gaywood I was more than usually annoyed by this.


This is not the first time we have had problems of this nature with this venue, so it is natural to be considering new venues. The British Red Cross have a suitable room in thier building at Austin Fields which is close to the centre of King’s Lynn. It is true that the principal approach from outside King’s Lynn, Edward Benefer Way/ John Kennedy Road, is prone to traffic jams, but I think the good outweighs the bad in terms of this venue. 


Even in the poor weather I experienced I was able to get a few decent photographs:

This was taken in Fakenham yesterday – this window ledge is immediately outside my work area at James and Sons and these doves have been using it for a few days now.

moorhen family 1Moorhens and ducksMoorhens and ducks 2Tern 1Glaucous GullTern 2

2 flying cormorants
Two flying cormorants ine one shot – a first for me.
Flying cormorant
My second edit of that same picture, focussing on the nearer of the two cormorants.

Cormorant PlatformCormorantsKing of the Cormorant castleIII CormorantsFarewell to Cormorant PlatformMoorhen adult and child

Author: Thomas

I am a founder member and currently secretary of the West Norfolk Autism Group and am autistic myself. I am a very keen photographer and almost every blog post I produce will feature some of my own photographs. I am an avidly keen cricket fan and often post about that sport.

15 thoughts on “The Musical Keys Session That Wasn’t”

  1. Hey Thomas,

    I too am a massive bird fan! You have managed to capture some great shots of these soulful birds with colourful characters. I enjoy the intensity of colour in your work Thomas…always so rich and vibrant 🙂

    Living where I do I am not far from docklands and a tidal river and delight daily in watching the flight of sea-gulls and other coastal birds. I sit high up in an office block building with a panoramic view over the City where I live. I love watching these sensational aviators! Such elegant flyers, such grace on the wing, they stir me, move me, elevate me. I imagine they do the same for you as well my friend.

    Thank you for presenting your photographs. They made my day 🙂

    God Bless. Namaste 🙂


      1. My pleasure Thomas 🙂 Thank you for sharing your enjoyment of birds and your photographs with us here.

        I found a most unusual feather today. A crow wing-tip feather I think. unusual in the shaft was black from tip to base, and where it had been ‘pulled’ from the wing, the blood capillaries were still intact, the feather bleeding. I’ve never encountered before have you? The black shaft is a first. The feather is with me at home amongst many others that I collect. I have them in glass pots around my home and on my desk at work. They are inspiring! One of nature’s most exquisite designs, and still basically the same design as it first appeared 80 million years ago.

        I sat at my desk today with the window fully and sunshine pouring into the office. The sky was vast and wide and for just the shortest time there was just me imagining flying within its freedom. I sat there staring at the sun not blinking and thinking of Eagles 🙂 I imagine you do the same when watching the birds and dreaming of flight.

        Thank you also for liking Hazel Grove and Pieper at the Gates of Dawn on my blog.

        Have a wonderful weekend. Take care.

        God Bless. Namaste 🙂


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