So chronologically, we left the big smoke and spent a couple of days, well an afternoon, evening, whole day and morning with my second cousins in Suffolk. This visit coincided with cold and wet weather, so a day trip to Southwold concluded at lunch time but not before we had ventured onto the 21st century pier and watched the water clock at noon.
Saturday was Blog party day, others have written more eloquently than I can about this social event that must not be missed. There was much laughter concerning a tortoise, a motor bike pillion rider and meeting Ben, who I had forecast would be at the party and was bigger than his owner.
All I will say is a big thanks to Z, the Sage, their family and to all who attended, provided food, chat, laughter and for Ian a possible introduction to the art of thatching from a fellow mathematician.
The above was written on Saturday, because of sunshine and a certain tennis match I am coming late to the laptop to continue. This may turn into bite sized entries instead of one long post of what we did last weekend.
After staying with the relations we spent two nights here in Wingfield or Room 2 at http://www.thecastleinn.net The Castle Inn in Bungay.Cannot praise the accommodation, cleanliness, food and great service enough. Very stylish decor, cushion envy, good free wifi too, I tried to add an entry on Trip Advisor but it hasn't appeared. Here's a corner of the room ....
As Sunday was the first day of warmth we decided against a trip to the north Norfolk coast but found an historic house and garden instead at Somerleyton Hall. http://www.somerleyton.co.uk will give a better idea than my efforts. Although the house wasn't open it didn't matter, it was lovely to be outside, ambling around the different gardens, sitting and contemplating, enjoying an excellent light lunch in the Tea Rooms. Needless to say we spent much time in the maze, a very good one with really thick hedges and seats in the centre for a rest.
The above photos were taken using my iPad, an experiment that seems to have worked, so now can use my camera, phone and iPad for pictures, bring them together in one album on my laptop for editing. Love learning new skills.
Just noticed I have a photo of our Sunday evening meal at The Castle Inn, we shared a carafe of the house red, (not sure where the second glass is) to accompany the pizzas, made with local ingredients.
We pottered around the shops in Bungay before we left, in Wightman's, a very old fashioned shop I found buttons I needed for a cardigan, and some very reasonable sock yarn, may use it for hexipuffs rather than socks though. Did you think there would be a blog that didn't mention knitting? Managed to make three hexipuffs whilst away.
On our way home for we diverted towards the Huntington area to visit one of Ian's cousins who has moved from London to the country so spent the afternoon admiring her new home and large garden, providing adult company as she has pre-schoolers catching up on family news, especially of her 101 year old grandmother.
As I have 81 emails from our local recycling group to read I am going to end here, after may even take our coffee in the garden before turning in. Thereby hangs a tale, one day may talk about the effect this mini holiday has had on our thinking.