Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Living It Up On The Costa Del Suffolk

What a weekend it's been! Apart from our son's creation winning a BAFTA, (see my last blog post) we've had plenty to keep us occupied.

On Friday evening we made the short walk up to the college for FramSoc's supper. FramSoc is an excellent society run by the college and open to those with connections to the college such as parents and teachers but also, importantly for us, to residents of the town. Regular talks and outings are held and as well as being educated and entertained by these it's also  a great way to get to meet people. The supper, served in the college hall, was excellent with four delicious courses each accompanied by a glass of fine wine. 

There was more excellent food in store for us on Saturday night when friends Mark and Nita Jones from Ribchester joined us. After Mark and I watched the Cup Final (an entertaining match for the neutral), we enjoyed these super fish platters prepared for us by Maximus Fishing of Friday St in Saxmundham. Chris from Maximus couldn't have been more helpful, we gave him a budget and a few ideas of what we did and didn't want and these were the result. Thanks Chris - it was a lovely meal with no work involved for us.

The weekend weather was perfect and we were able to show Mark and Nita the delights of our new home county in glorious sunshine.

We visited the beach at Walberswick after a good snack at the lovely Anchor.

Experimented with the new selfie craze.

Travelled to Walberswick from Southwold via the ferry.

And had a quick look at the outside of our own magnificent castle. It was a great weekend and we really enjoyed the company. Thanks to Mark and Nita's generosity we may have to travel to the bottle bank under the cloak of darkness this week to keep our reputations intact.

The glorious weather continued yesterday so, with a cycle tour of Provence coming up in under three weeks time, we thought it best to get on our bikes and get some practice in.

We headed to Orford via the beautiful Iken.

Although we've been to Orford many times, we hadn't ventured inside the castle until yesterday. The weather was too good not to climb the steps and take in the magnificent views.

The castle is an imposing edifice but inside it's surprisingly cosy. The audio tour is extremely interesting and it was well worth the visit.

I reckon that we rode over fifteen miles to get there so we earned the sandwich in the harbour side cafe. A thirty plus mile ride was a good start for the preparations for Provence - thank heavens for the new padded underwear.