Category Archives: Suffolk
We have had a lovely weekend. Paul visited this weekend and we decided to have a quiet weekend. Luckily the weather has been dry this weekend which meant we could get out and about.
Saturday we took a drive to Dunwich Heath where we enjoyed a stroll along the beach and the coastal path. It was cloudy but the sea was like a mill-pond. I don’t think we have ever seen it so still up there. We wrapped up well but to be honest it was much milder than usual for November.
Following our walk we drove to Saxmundham where we enjoyed a very welcome lunch before heading home.
We spent our time catching, chilling out and generally enjoying one another’s company. Richard cooked a lovely dinner Saturday evening and we enjoyed some lovely aperitif, sherry and wine which made for a very relaxed evening.
This morning the sky was clear and sunny, Paul had escaped for an early run (it was about 3 degrees outside) and returned in time for a full English. As it was nice we decided to make the most of the day before Paul had to leave and headed over to Frinton on Sea. After observing the 2 minute silence at 11 am we left the car then headed down to the beach to watch people walking their dogs and riding their horses along the shore.
As it was chilly the beach was pretty much deserted which was lovely as it felt like we had the place to ourselves.
After returning home for tea and biscuits it was time for Paul to head back to London, and as usual a weekend with friends comes to an end far too quickly.
We said our goodbyes than I ensured I made the most of the weather and got my New Balance trainers out of the cupboard and went for a run.
Following our run on Friday I noticed that the leaves on the ground made the terrain a little slippery so I decided to switch to the New Balance trainers as they have much more grip.
It was chilly but I wore my long sleeve running Run Breeze top which was more than enough protection and got into my stride.
I enjoyed the run and my pace was good so I mentally set myself a route and decided to keep going until I reached 5K. This is the first 5K I have run in a while and it felt good to reach that virtual goal.
All in all I am feeling much better and am glad I am back into the running. It’s also nice not to be training for anything as it ensures there is no pressure or plan. I will get some races booked so I have goals to work to but for now I am happy to go out, run, switch off the head, switch on my legs and enjoy the me time out on the road.
All in all a lovely autumnal weekend.
We took a drive up to Suffolk today as the weather was nice and not as humid as it has been recently. Last nights storm seemed to clear the air and there was a definite breeze in the air.
I love Southwold and Dunwich – in fact Dunwich Heath is one of our favourite places.
We had a lovely walk around both Southwold after we stopped for lunch. We then had tea and cake at Dunwich before sitting on the beach and watching the world go by.
Of course we were armed with cameras and you can see my photos here…
Richard captured my latest portrait (above) – I really like it (*updates all online profiles).
We got up early today, sorted the chores then headed out to make the most of the day.
We drove to Ickworth House and enjoyed a lovely day exploring the expansive grounds.
The day started overcast and muggy but soon broke into beautiful sunshine and another scorcher!
Unbeknown to us there was an Alvis Members Club rally their today – Alvis is one of Richards all time favourtie cars so we were very lucky to be in the company of such beautiful machines as well as such beautiful surroundings.
There's lots more photos in my latest Flickr Set.
Here's a selection of photos taken by Richard…
So far the bank holiday has started well and the dreadful weather seems to be behind us. It may not have helped yesterday's running but at least it was dry and sunny today.
Richard and I took a drive too Woodbridge where we enjoyed the sun and the wonderful views along the river. Richard just bought himself a Canon M in preparation for Canada and my Olymous PEN is playing up so I took the Lumix G with me.
Sadly my phone battery was a little low otherwise I would have recorded our route as we completed the full circuit of the river, through the wood and back into town. It must have been around 5k easily.
As you can see we both had a lovely day and took some nice shots of Woodbridge and the Deben River.
Long may this nice weather continue into the bank holiday.
To round off the day we took a drive to Dedham and walked to Flatford Mill. A round trip of 5K but that didn't matter as we enjoyed a lovely walk through the fields, along the river, past the cows and into Constable country.
A truly peaceful and lovely evening walk with my baby. Rounded off with a pint at the pub in Dedham :). Bliss
It’s a long weekend here in the UK as we have May Day bank holiday tomorrow. Richard and I have been quite industrious yet we haven’t gone overboard, thankfully.
Yesterday Richard out together our new bathroom cabinet and that now completes our refresh of the main bathroom.
I sorted the house yesterday whilst Richard was doing that and we headed to the cinema in the afternoon. We popped in to see American Reunion which was an enjoyable enough little romp. It was nice to see Chris Klein back on the big screen and looking buff and shirtless too
The film was fun and it was a nice progression of the story but some of the cast are looking much older than the others.
Following our walk on the beach we popped to Sedgeford where we had lunch at our favourite restaurant the King William VI. Richard and I enjoyed a lovely three course meal, to be honest with breakfast, bacon rolls in Wells and lunch I am amazed I can still move!
Heading home we stopped in on Castle Rising Castle (former home of the Howards) and spent a short while poking around the ruins. It’s hard to imagine how imposing the castle was in it’s heyday. Sadly the rain started again which meant me had to leave as its no fun walking around a ruin from 1140 AD which it’s chucking it down!
So far it’s been a lovely weekend, the weather granted hasn’t been great but it is what you make of it isn’t it?
We’re home now so we’ll have a restful weekend and apart from some minor chores tomorrow we’ll have a quiet day
Today has been another unseasonably warm February day so Richard and I headed up to the coast.
We saw a house advertised for sale in Shingle Street and it looked very nice so we thought we’d pay the area a visit (not the house as it was on the market for £1,000,000!).
Shingle Street is quite literally a shifting expanse of shingle which is washed down from the Shingle Spit that forms around Orford and the surrounding area. There are only a handful of houses there which makes it very peaceful and quite a unique place to live.The conditions were great today, it didn’t feel at all cold by the coast and we managed a walk along the shingle before heading back to the car (the shingle is very steep and very deep making it hard work on the ol’ legs!)
Following Shingle Street we took the short drive over to Orford, which is one of our favourite places and somewhere we have not been for years.
En route we happened across the church of St John the Baptist in Butley. We stopped for a closer inspection because neither of us had ever seen a thatched church before.
Once we arrived at Orford we made the most of the local hospitality and had a nice sunday roast at The Jolly Sailor before heading up the castle tower to take in the stunning views of the countryside, the coast and the now abandoned secret military facility on the shingle spit.
We later enjoyed coffee and a lovely piece of home made cake at a local cafe whilst being begged for attention from a local tabby called Mylo.
Another lovely day, a great escape to the coast to fill our lungs full of air and another fantastic reminder of why we are so pleased to have moved to this part of the country.
This week I was reminded why we made the right decision to move to Colchester. We’d done our time in St Albans and it was loosing its appeal. It’s full of 4×4/people carrier driving stay at home mums and wankers in Saabs and Jeeps who are more interested in material things than actual real life. St Albans is a very good advertisement about all that is wrong in this country at the moment.
Colchester is nearly as affluent in parts as St Albans but the residents have a much better outlook on life. There is an even balance of people and everyone seems genuinely willing to help one another.
Colchester is also much more beautiful than St Albans and even though I sometimes feel the commute is a little longer it’s more than worth it.
There is a huge wealth of parks and woodlands and most notably for us is the small protected wood to the rear of our house and the oak meadow and meadowland literally opposite our front door.
During my commute on Thursday evening I had time to notice it was particularly spring like. It was warm. Sunny. And there was a beautiful February sunset to accompany my journey.
Once you get past Chelmsford things get very rural and its lovely to see fields of green packed with rambling like stock, weirs, brooks and cute villages scattered around the landscape.
I have to pinch myself when I realise we have been residents of Colchester for nearly 10 months already and I love our new home more and more every day.
Richard, Brandy and I have settled in so well and it really does feel like home. Rather than someone’s house which we rented and occupied.
Of course we’re now past the initial move in phase and are considering how to upgrade the house to suit our tastes and requirements.
This starts with a visit from an Interior Designer on Saturday and includes plans for freshening up the hall and adding feature walls to the living room and our bedroom.
We have already made some changes as I have reported in the past and recent editions include our new security system. A system which caused us by some happy accident to discover our front door is made of steel and not of wood as we thought. Imagine our surprise when we tried to drill into it and the drill bit buckled!
We still have lots of friends to come and stay and some who have been many times already but it pleases me (us) that everyone is so taken-aback by what we have acquired.
Richard and I work damn hard and it’s nice to see the fruits of our labour baring ripe morsels.
Long may it continue and long may we have lots of pleasure in finding new and exciting (as well as familiar and routine) things to do in Colchester, Essex, Suffolk and beyond.
Anyone who criticises Essex and it’s people need to move away from the mindless media stereotypes and come in further from London. You will be pleasantly surprised.
It’s Sunday and we sit at home as most of the country is covered in a blanket of snow. The snowfall came late to Colchester but it didn’t disappoint – we must have had several centimeter’s overnight and I think it will probably be here for a day or so given the current temperature.
When we getting breakfast this morning we saw a baby Monkjack deer outside the house foraging for food. It has to be said this is an unusual end to an unusual week…
Following my spell in hospital last week I had a CT scan booked in on Monday to further investigate what was wrong. Unfortunately I didn’t feel much better and the doctor signed me off work to rest for an additional week.
I had the CT scan as planned and thankfully the results came back clear – therefore the pain and discomfort was not coming from an anatomical source such as a swelling, lump or whatever. This did however mean that I had to go back to the hospital on Wednesday for further tests as the consultants now believe I had a severe infection which caused all the problems. It was good to go back to get some more answers but it’s not what I had planned for my birthday!
I am feeling much better and am heading back into work tomorrow (snow forgiving!) so it’ll be nice to get back to some normality.
For my birthday Richard had bought me a trip to Amsterdam so we could fly over for the day, take in some sights and enjoy a birthday lunch before we headed back.
We had decided on Friday that I wasn’t 100% up to the trip and with the forecast here and in Holland looking doubtful we have moved my birthday trip to the end of March. Our decision was the right one to make as Schipol airport came to a standstill on Friday evening due to heavy snowfall in Amsterdam. This was followed by a 3 hour delay on the flight we were due to depart on and delays on the return flight.
This is the problem with having your birthday in the depths of winter – the weather is never the promising!To make up for our cancelled trip Richard took me to Bury St Edmunds yesterday and we spent the day taking in the sights (it has one of the biggest Abbey ruins in the UK, a Cathedral which had new cloisters etc added in the last 10 years and an old market town centre). We had elevenses before we braved the cold to do our exploring and then enjoyed a lovely birthday lunch.
Yesterday was really enjoyable and we managed to do it all whilst avoiding the worst of the weather.
It’s the end of another week and I hope things can get back to some form of normality now!
Thanks to those of you who sent birthday greetings – that was very kind of you all. Despite all of the above I have had a good birthday and will spend the forthcoming couple of weeks catching up with friends etc to make up for the lost celebrations