Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Southwold

My friend and I drove East yesterday to visit somewhere different to our usual favourites. Southwold in Suffolk. It took a little longer than anticipated to get there-two and a half hours-but was worth the drive. It is a really pretty town with colourful beach huts, little painted cottages, and lots of dogs! I have never seen so many Labradors and Retrievers in one place. View from the pier. The sun was so bright and it was hard to look at the sea with the reflection. It doesn't look it here, but the sea was rough-the day was really windy.

View of the beach huts from the end of the pier. We had a tasty lunch in one of the pier cafes-tasty but a very long time coming! Once we had finished, we wandered along the sea front into the town. I bought some local cheese to go with my cranberry jelly, and we enjoyed visiting a gallery and shop-though I could only afford some postcards. There were also a couple of interesting antique shops in which we had a very quick browse-the parking was running out fast!

Two of the dogs I saw.

The sea looks cold in this photo.

The sun was so bright it was doing strange things to my pictures. The glare and the little hexagons are not a special effect-that is how the photo came out.

A quiet backstreet-it reminded me of St Ives here.



A pretty yard near the High Street.


I think we may go down here on holiday at some point as it is a lovely area, and has lots to visit, but is slightly too far for a day trip-it took three and a bit hours to get back-queueing on the motorway and near the Blackwall tunnel. I want to visit Aldeburgh and Sutton Hoo, and then on down to Norfolk which I love but have not visited for years. We were only twenty miles from Lowestoft yesterday so nearly there!


Today has been much more boring-but quite productive. I have sorted my filing, typed some lists for a new group activity after half term, and started my term one reports-a couple of photos and a description of how the child has settled and some information about how they are getting on so far.

13 comments:

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Gorgeous! Blessings.

frayedattheedge said...

I love the beach huts! The sea did indeed look cold. Enjoy the rest of your weel!

Leenie said...

I did enjoy the virtual trip to the sea with you. Even when I've visited small towns on the ocean here they never look as charming as that.

Helen McCookerybook said...

Sounds like you've had a lovely few days Sarah! x

Isabelle Thornton said...

It looks so inviting. I would love to spend the Holiday there and come to a warm house. I love the sea. Cold or not :)
XO
Isabelle

Sam said...

I love that you regularly go exploring your wonderful country! This is a lovely post!

snoopydog said...

Lovely pics of one of our favourite local coastal places to visit. We often go to Southwold or Aldeburgh foer a stroll. Oscar (he's one of those labradors!)loves a swim in the sea. Glad to see you are enjoying half-term. We are spending it up in Dalby Forest in North Yorks. Ros

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Rattling On said...

Lucky you getting to the coast, I love it in autumn/winter.
Your dress looks great by the way, I bet you can wear it with loads of different things, best sort of clothing!

Linda Sue said...

What a fun venture! Looks British- wonder why. Stella and I are finding it challenging to find just the right place to rent in May in London but we will...Stella is on it! Nothing escapes her!

Ned Trifle said...

Oh Lovely Southwold - were the pier attractions open? The things by Tim Hunkin? Right up your boulevard I should think!

We stayed there last year, very near the pier - so close to the sea we could make a cup of tea and take it down to the beach.

If you want to go next year let us know - maybe we can get something together? Look up Suffolk Secrets - they've got loads of nice places.

Incidentally, anyone visiting should know that the best fish and chips in the world are available from here -
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nedtrifle/4835184387/

KindredSpirit said...

Wow i have never been there it looks great, and basically the dogs have swung it for me.

jabblog said...

Ahh, lovely! What a splendid place to visit.