We had great Ruby wedding Anniversary on Sunday. We relaxed in the garden and then joined our super book club friends for a few pints at The Station's beer festival. The festival was all but over when we arrived but we had a good few hours putting the world to rights over some half price beer and cider before heading home for an evening in the garden with a bottle of champagne given to us as an anniversary present by my brother Pete and his wife Val.
We kept our anniversary meal simple with a delicious cold fish platter.
Our fortieth anniversary selfie.
I know that when you are retired you are on holiday all the time but we decided to have a holiday at home this week and explore some of the local places that we've not had chance to visit yet.
On Monday we drove to the tiny hamlet of Covehithe north of Southwold.
The thatched roofed church built within the ruins of the majestic ancient church is well worth a visit
We saw the church in the best of conditions with a glorious cloudless sky.
There was a lot of wildlife around and I saw a grass snake at the gate to the church.
After leaving the church we walked through fields to the nearby beach.
We shared the glorious miles of sand with just a handful of visitors and had a lovely day in the sun reading and relaxing to the sound of the waves.
Today we decided to head south of Framlingham and, after a couple of exercise classes at Fram Leisure, we drove to Suffolk Food Hall beneath the Orwell Bridge for a late breakfast of coffee and pains au chocolat
After breakfast we drove to the hamlet of Pinn Mill on the tidal stretch of the Orwell and went on a two mile walk through woodlands and farmland. The dappled shade in the woods was a welcome relief from the relentless heat of today.
The walk ended on the river at The Butt And Oyster where we enjoyed a very good pub lunch .
After lunch the tide had dropped so we walked along the river bank and looked at the many houseboats and other vessels dotted around the river.
A great day's holiday at home.