Monthly Archives: May 2021

A holiday. Really? Oh yes!

Restrictions are lifting, the vaccination programme is going well. Do we go on holiday? Yes, yes, yes.

Our original plan was to be in Scotland in May, however we weren’t sure if restrictions would be lifted enough, if at all so we changed our plans to a week in Beccles, Suffolk. ( We meaning two of my good friends Martin and Nick).

The house we found to rent turned out to be such a find. 3 bedroom, good size kitchen and the bonus, views over the river and a place to launch our own boat straight into the Waveney.

Our home for the week.

The weather wasn’t hot and sunny, however you have to make the most of things. So with careful checking of the weather app on a daily basis we managed to explore lots of Suffolk villages in between the rain, and when it did rain we ducked into a cafe for tea and cake.

Sunday was the best day for weather so it was to be canoeing and caching along the river day. Of course there was a pub stop to regather our energy along the way.

The paddle there was peaceful, pretty, a little sunny and dry. Caches were found. Once we reached the community run pub we ordered our drinks and our lunch which was a very nice hog roast.

The paddle back however was to be a little different as whilst we were just finishing our drinks the clouds turned black. Waterproofs on we headed off. The skies opened, big time! Not just rain but hail to. But in good old British fashion the sun soon shone and by the time we reached the house we were dry again. Turns out this was the only afternoon nice enough to sit out on our patio, feet up and cuppa in hand.

For the rest of the week we explored various villages and sea side towns by using the adventure lab caches. These are caches that don’t have a physical container but instead you have to go to the set location and answer the question. We have found these to be an excellent tour guide and also teaches up some historical information about the places we visit. Norfolk and Suffolk have plenty of these which suited us well.

Martin found his sign.
The most easterly point of the UK.

No trip to the seaside is complete unless you’ve had chips on the seafront.

Southwold is a place I’ve visited before on a few occasions with Rich. We really enjoyed wondering around, looking at all the old buildings and visiting the brewery. On this visit by completing the lab caches it took us to some locations here that I had not discovered before.

The view from Southwold pier.
Someone thought it would be a good idea to create a reading room for the sailors in Southwold to stop them spending so much time in the pubs. 😂
The wisteria is stunning at this time of year.
The Broads.
Beccles church.
Caching in a Pill box in Beccles.

On our way home we stopped at the village of Framlingham. Again a interesting tour of the village, shopping at the local market including some tasty dresses Cromer crab and lunch at the Castle inn. It was here that I managed to catch up with my friend Gerry whom Rich and I had met whilst on our honeymoon at Chateau de la Lande. It was so nice to see him again and hear some of his adventures.

Framlingham castle which is the inspiration behind the Ed Sheeran song, castle on the hill.
How strange the our house for the week had Rich’s initials for coat hooks. ❤️ ( the house was called Riverside House)

Time for an update

Hi, it’s been a while since I last updated you on our progress.

Since we last caught up I’ve been given the all clear and green light for training and rebuilding my strength from the consultant. Tuesday morning I went for my first swim in years and it was so invigorating.

The conservatory has been rebuilt. All through the winter we had to contend with leaks, plastic bags and towels on the floor. We couldn’t carry on like that so a friend of mine who works for Compass windows came up with the idea to replace the roof and fit a window in it. The difference is superb. It’s now warmer, dry and so much brighter.

The new roof light.

The garden has been evolving so quickly at the movement. A few months ago many seeds were started in the green house.

They have now been transferred to the recently built cold frame and some that have spent their time in the cold frame have been transferred into the garden this week.

Mummies little helper looking after the newly planted potatoes and salad veg.
The cold frame working beautifully.
A few tomato hanging baskets started.
Potatoes doing well.
Bags of large tomatoes under planted with marigolds and sunflowers.

So with plants leaving the greenhouse it’s been time to transplant the fruit inside. So on a very windy rainy day this week Suzy and I potted up some melons, cucumbers and tomatoes. The tomatoes have been under planted with marigolds in the hope to keep down the white fly.

Mummies little helper trying to grow big and strong.
Melons and tomatoes.

Every year I plant up the front wall and window box’s. However I struck a problem this week, as I was digging out the bulbs and preparing the soil I noticed the bricks that make the wall were moving and loosening. Dad and I had spoke for a few years about the wall needing replacing. Well this is the year, the wall will not survive the summer. So I have plans to get that rebuilt over the next month. I may still plant up the window box’s as the plants are eager to go in and out of their small pots.

The family was extended recently as some of you already know. We have a bird box with a camera in at the end of the garden and a few months ago a pair of bluetits investigated and decided to move in. Belinda laid 10 eggs and on the 25th April they hatched. Bert and Belinda (mum and dad) have been incredible attentive, wizzing in and out with grubs and worms for the babies. I have seen nine chicks, now all feathered and eyes open flapping their wings and preparing to fledge.

Bald, blind babies.
Bert and Belinda at dinner time.
Filling up the space.

So as you can see May has been incredible productive.

I’ve also been overwhelmed by some very kind words from some of my friends and readers of the blog. Rich and I started to write the blog to create a diary of our travels and adventures and it has evolved into my way of sharing my continued adventures and positivity during a world pandemic. Things such as “you inspire me in challenging times” “ your positivity is so motivational” “your blog is always so positive and gives me something lighthearted to read rather than the depressing world news”. So thank you very much for taking the time to read our stories and it helps me knowing that it makes you smile.

New life in the garden means we continue to beat this crappy virus and we will continue to a new normal. I love wondering around looking at what is sprouting and budding and bursting into life. Here are last nights photos for you. X

Loganberry blossom.
Strawberries are doing well.
Azalea coming into bloom.
The acer waking from its sleep.

My final piece of positive news I discovered yesterday. Last year our local hospital was overwhelmed with Covid patients. Most surgeries came to a halt as the theatres were filled with patients on ventilators. It was May that dad spent quite a few weeks there being cared for whilst his battled Covid. In a conversation with a nurse she told me that as from last Friday the hospital had been Covid patient free. I could have cried. I was so emotional at this news as was she. long May it continue. Onwards and upwards. X x ❤️