Monday, 25 July 2016

A few more days away

Last week I shared our three days in Sussex and Essex.  Our last two days were in Essex.  And I'm glad to say that the weather was glorious.

On the Thursday morning we drove to the Beth Chatto gardens.   Most places don't open until 10am but this garden opened at 9am.  We got there around 9.35am and had the gardens to ourselves for half an hour - just us and the birds singing.  It was wonderful.  We even woke up this duck.

Then we were off on our southerly drive via lots of little villages until we got to Heybridge Basin.

We visited Paper Mill Lock

We arrived in Maldon and booked into our B&B.  This was the view from the bedroom window.

We walked along the promenade before dinner.

The next morning was warm and sunny.  We were served breakfast in the garden and watched this Thames barge leave.

Roger wanted to visit Burnham-on-Crouch as he had worked as a sailing instructor there 50 years ago.

My friend Sandie had told me about Beeleigh Abbey and fortunately the gardens were open the day we were nearby so of course we visited.

We went to the canal lock on the Blackwater Canal near the Abbey.

We drove across country on our way home stopping in Saffron Waldon for a late lunch.

We had a wonderful 5 days and packed in far more than outlined here.

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Friday, 22 July 2016

A few days away

We went away for 5 days earlier in the month to Suffolk and Essex. The weather forecast on the Sunday night was quite hopeful and so we set off on the Monday.

It turned out to be a typical UK summer - rain, clouds and sunshine.  Fortunately we were able to visit all the places we wanted to and get back to the car before it poured with rain during the first 3 days.

We drove to Southwold, first stopping in Framlingham.

And in typical UK summer style the sea and the sky looked grey.

I spotted this bit of colour.

Roger walking past the beach huts.

The lighthouse.

Poppies growing alongside the promenade.

The beach huts and the lighthouse.

And more beach huts!

A view of Southwold from Southwold Harbour

The beach in summer!   Just before the rain came down.

After checking in to our B&B we drove down to Aldeburgh and managed to walk round the town before the rain came down again.

On Tuesday morning we started our journey south.  Due to all the estuaries we spent quite a bit of our southerly journey driving west and east!  We drove via The Maltings at Snape.

And on to Orford Quay.  Where as you can see the clouds were gathering ominously.

However we got the ferry over to Orford Ness and the sky cleared and we walked around the whole site

before getting the ferry back to Orford.

We watched this Thames barge come up the river.

We drove on to Woodbridge.

Wednesday morning was a bit brighter and we drove through the countryside to Pin Mill which is famous for its pub and the boats.

East Bergholt was a short detour on our journey and much to our delight we found that Flatford Mill belonged to the National Trust.

This beautiful house was next to the mill.

And this is the view that Constable used in his Haywain painting.

This is the mill itself.

Then it was off to Brightlingsea.

We visited The Naze at Walton on the Naze and climbed the 111 stairs to the top of the tower.

We took a short walk around The Naze and got back to the car just as these clouds deposited their rain filled contents.  At one point Roger had to park the car and wait for the rain to clear as we couldn't see where we were going.

We had booked a room at a guest house in Clacton which we weren't particularly looking forward to.  But Clacton turned out to be rather nicer than we had feared.  The gardens on the promenade were certainly colourful.

And so were the hats in the Mexican restaurant we eat in that evening.

Thankfully that was the last of the rain and the next two days were hot and sunny.  I'll show you the photos from those two days in Monday's post.

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