Suffolk on a good day
You've got to love the quiet carriage. It's actually quiet. No phones, hushed whispers and just a good dose of silence. That's the train on the Norwich line departing Liverpool Station at 5pm, Friday 14 October 2016, which I was lucky enough to be on.
After the din of London it's havana. Just the rumble of the engine as it rocks over the rails, and the odd shudder as the train hits a bumpy patch. No drama though, quite meditative in fact and I smile to myself that I've got this peaceful time to enjoy before we hit Bury St Edmonds, friends and lots of socialising and site seeing.
Liverpool Station was awash with people (as usual) as we departed London for a weekend break up the line in Suffolk. A quick visit to M & S Foodhall meant we could stock up on a last minute hamper of wine and cheese and a snack on the train and we were set. So looking forward to seeing old family friends and the beauty of the Suffolk countryside.
Getting ready for our weekend away. Busy Liverpool Station
Andrew and I were met at Bury by Andrew's uncle Ian and aunty Mary. Old time friends of mine I hadn't seen for years. With some people, time stands still and I was delighted to see that they recognised me too, despite my once brunette locks now being silver! A few drinks at the local and we headed back to Bury for a night cap and yarn before our adventures were to begin the following day.
First stop on Saturday was the 16th century Butt & Oyster Inn, at Pin Mill on the river Orwell. A quick pint and a wander and I could see I was in for a treat. Such a pretty spot to watch boats, birds and the beauty of this pristine peace of Suffolk paradise.
Andrew, Ian and Mary. A little bundled up against the cool October breeze, with the delightful bobbing boats at moarings behind.
Another delightful pub we visited was The Maybush Inn which is perched on the banks of the River Deben in Waldringfield, near Woodbridge in Suffolk . Like the Butt & Oyster, this busy riverside pub and restaurant affords panoramic views across the river and beyond. Here's our view from our lunch table. The cool breeze had driven us all indoors to warm ourselves by a roaring fire.
The Maybush, on the river Deben, Suffolk.
Pretty doesn't come close to the best preserved medieval village in England. Lavenham in Sudbury, Suffolk is a stunner. Here you'll find some of the finest timber framed buildings in Suffolk, including the Guildhall of Corpus Christi.
Lavenham is simply stunning. It's 500 year + history is worn on the outside with its preserved architecture and buildings belying a 21st century lifestyle.
The day wasn't complete without a drive to Ipswich. Ipswich in Suffolk is one of the oldest towns in the country. Situated on the River Orwell, Ipswich was a prime trading port with Europe for hundreds of years, and its seafaring history is celebrated every year at the Ipswich Maritime Festival. It is home to the largest collection of works by Constable and Gainsborough outside of London.