Posts Tagged ‘Sizewell’

Just returned from 3 days based in Thorpeness in glorious sunshine, walking and lazing on an empty stretch of the beach, plus a visit to Raveningham Sculpture Trail. We fitted in 3 early morning walks before it got too hot and before anyone was around. One walk was around the village, with its interesting history, written about in a previous post. A second one was doing a previous walk in reverse, to Sizewell and back, written about in the same post. The final walk was to Aldeburgh and back, written about in this post in the reverse direction. There are other posts too about these quintessenailly English seaside towns with Southwold just up the road and Dunwich. We stayed on for an extra day as we were enjoying it so much and it was much cooler than London. What was lovely on this trip was to see the early morning and evening light as we usually day trip to the area and miss out on it.

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We started in Aldeburgh to visit Elizabeth Garrett Anderson’s family grave in the grounds of St Peter and St Paul churchyard. I touched upon her story briefly in a post about women statues and her sister Millicent Fawcett commemerated in Parliament Square. Garrett Anderson was an amazing woman and deserves more recognition for her achievements.

A return to one of our favourite walks, Sizewell to Thorpeness and back, up the beach to the pond and back down the higher beach path. It was a beautiful day with blue skies to the left and dark grey clouds to the right and we set off from the power station car park up the long shingle beach and into Thorpeness. The rowing boats were all lined up, looking newly painted, ready for the summer and ducks waddling past with their chicks. Then we spotted the Peter Pan crocodile on the island, with the House in the Clouds in the background, and we’d missed it on previous trips. Story of why Peter Pan feature in Thorpeness and the House in this previous blog. Back up the higher path behind the beach to Sizewell past the beautiful yellow gorse.

The rain threatened so rather than walk from Snape Maltings to the ancient St Botolph’s Church in Iken, we drove there. It was so peaceful with the thatched church sitting at the end of a country lane in Iken overlooking the River Alde where it is said St Botolph came ashore in AD 654 and founded his monastery. Sadly, we then turned for home, but it had been a great day back out in the world beyond London.

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Last weekend we headed off to the coast as, ever since the first lockdown and a stint of quarantine, we just feel the need to get out and about whilst we can. Off we headed to for the Sizewell/Thorpeness loop which was our last day out prior to March lockdown and where we headed after lockdown ended. We did not know it would be our last day outside of London for several weeks at that stage. Lovely walk as ever with a shower right at the end but the grey sky added to the atmosphere. Delicious cheese and Branston Pickle toastie at the cafe on the Meare Thorpeness. Then headed to the Maltings to look at the galleries where we found Tom Hammick prints, the artist I’d blogged about the week before which was a lovely surprise. He was artist-in-residence during 2018’s Aldeburgh Festival, which I did not know. Also got to see great paintings by Fred Ingrams.

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