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Mitchy1nge Wed 12-Mar-14 10:31:52

especially in the sun and when there are all new flowers and spring blossom everywhere

in case anyone was wondering

Dawndonnaagain Wed 12-Mar-14 10:33:39

Yep, but it's still cold out there! Having said that, the road from my town to the next is looking fabulous!
Whereabouts are you near, Mitchy

Agreed! Looks so pretty out there and it was so lovely on Sunday - 19 degrees and I could see all the blossoms and everything.

HesterShaw Wed 12-Mar-14 10:35:53

I remember my sister phoning me from a train the first time she had ever been to Suffolk bellowing the exact same thing. "I'm in Suffolk. IT'S VERY PRETTY!!!". She sounded almost belligerent, as though there were countless hordes of people wanting to run down Suffolk.

"Um, ok, how lovely" I said nervously grin

elfycat Wed 12-Mar-14 10:36:13

It is indeed!

Except that this year I've developed asthma as part of my early spring pollen allergy. Diagnosed yesterday. 2 puffs of the inhaler and I'll go out for a walk grin

I have 2 large cherry trees at the end of my garden and the falling petals have covered the grass. Very nice.

Dawndonnaagain Wed 12-Mar-14 10:36:48

Sunday was fab, I gardened!

Mitchy1nge Wed 12-Mar-14 10:37:00

I am mainly trundling up and down the A1120

you can soon warm up with a bit of mucking out and yard sweeping grin

knittedslippersx3 Wed 12-Mar-14 10:38:01

You are so right! I love the countryside and villages of Suffolk.

I worked sad

but I did treat myself to an ice-cream on the walk home!

elfycat Wed 12-Mar-14 10:39:34

I had to send a friend cross-country after the A12 was shut at Colchester last year. She came to Stowmarket through all the pretty villages. She got here and commented on how it was no wonder I loved Suffolk.

She and other friends are campaigning for me to go back to Kent (also beautiful) but I'm starting a counter-campaign to get them up here. Pretty, quiet, good road/rail links, less competition for good schools. Did I mention pretty?

Mitchy1nge Wed 12-Mar-14 10:39:48

have lived here on and off for over 20 years but sometimes I forget how massive the sky is and how charming the cottages are and how it is sunnier here than other areas

Mitchy1nge Wed 12-Mar-14 10:40:59

smile I back your campaign elfy! By the way I found your guerrilla gardening patch but no flowers yet, need some help?

elfycat Wed 12-Mar-14 10:45:15

Ohhh, I have some top soil going spare...

I seed bombed it last year, but then it was dry and I'd cancelled DDs' swimming lessons, when I was planning to water/tend it, so I think they failed to sprout. I'm taking my garden to pieces and have a lot of cuttings this year so will think again. I just need to finish 2 essays (one today) for the OU and I'll be free-er.

Mitchy1nge Wed 12-Mar-14 11:08:37

and I have plenty of spare horse poo if you need more grin

am also steeped in essays but not mine, just to proof read sad

cakebaby Wed 12-Mar-14 11:17:38

Lovely isn't it grin

Daffodils are in bloom in Nowton Park and just stunning!

MyLittleFinger Wed 12-Mar-14 11:19:13

The pink houses are commented on from people who haven't been to Suffolk before grin

TallyGrenshall Wed 12-Mar-14 11:20:41

It's not as pretty as Norfolk grin

Dawndonnaagain Wed 12-Mar-14 11:21:33

I was at one end of that particular road on Monday, Mitchy, I spent too much money but enjoyed the coffee in the sun!

Oh, really cake?

Might have to go at the weekend, I love Nowton in Spring.

Mitchy1nge Wed 12-Mar-14 11:39:51

Fram end Dawn? it is the more expensive end of the road! or the main attraction (according to some article I was just reading) with lots of barns?

I desperately want to do the park run in nowton park, haven't run there for years and now my daughter (one of them anyway) lives in Bury St Eds it should be possible to get there on time. Just need to not have so many injuries at once.

Dawndonnaagain Wed 12-Mar-14 11:44:31


exWifebeginsat40 Wed 12-Mar-14 11:46:18

it's HOT in ipswich today.

i moved up here 18 years ago from Essex and i wouldn't go back. we have forests, endless mostly deserted beaches, pretty towns and villages and the best fish and chips in the country in Aldeburgh!

ipswich may not be the best of towns but i love it here. so there! the only pain is having to go up and down the bloody A12 to get anywhere.

elfycat Wed 12-Mar-14 11:48:32

<pointedly ignoring Tally>

<remembers that on Sunday, on the lovely day of sunshine,I took the DDs into Norfolk>

<remembers that we went to Great Yarmouth which was nice but not pretty. Pretty was when we got back home>


CakeWillDo Wed 12-Mar-14 11:51:42

It's tough competition between Suffolk and Norfolk I think. Both seem to capture so many passing through or intending to stay a short while. It's amazing how many people I know that have ended up in these counties from all over the UK.

Mitchy1nge Wed 12-Mar-14 11:53:37

I like the way everyone ignores Tally!

I'm FROM Norfolk though, some of it is pleasing to the eye (not the flatness, blackness and desolation of the fens although I kind of like that too as a landscape in a fertile desert kind of way) but it's never going to be quite as pretty as Suffolk - the Gipping valley and the bendy A1120 bits are all nicely undulating and interesting

pointythings Wed 12-Mar-14 12:07:44

I live on the Norfolk/Suffolk/Cambridgeshire border so I get the best of everything landscape-wise and the worst of everything traffic-wise (A11 and A14 required to get anywhere).

But I love it here. Even the really flat bits with dikes and canals that remind me of my native Holland. The light is just amazing.

elfycat Wed 12-Mar-14 12:20:49

smile we should de-camp from our computers and continue this is a pub garden (a pretty one of course).

<wistful sigh>

dottyaboutstripes Wed 12-Mar-14 12:23:08

I'm in Norfolk. Must have the wrong specs on 'cos I'm not seeing pretty here!
* used to live on Suffolk/Essex border and think I should've stayed there....

Mitchy1nge Wed 12-Mar-14 13:01:06

thanks for prompting me to google suffolk pubs and waste time drooling over some of the menus grin

the anchor at walberswick looks nice, it is making me really really really really hungry

elfycat Wed 12-Mar-14 13:11:55

Nice pub. Might bookmark that link.

If I turn and look out of my window I'll see a pub. Shame I have an essay to finish and school run to do in a bit. It has a yard rather than a garden. Nice beer though. Might go in on Friday.

Tournesol Wed 12-Mar-14 13:21:17

I live in Cambridgeshire and in the summer we always whizz up to Suffolk or Norfolk for day trips and I love it!

So much so that last night I imagined I had won the lottery and fantasy shopped for a holiday home. I found the most amazing victorian villa in Wells-next-the-sea. Just need to buy that ticket now!

KitCat26 Wed 12-Mar-14 13:21:58

It is very beautiful here, and today is just lovely (apart from being stuck indoors with sick DD).

I moved from Herts/Essex border 6 years ago. It was without fail bright and sunny, every morning, when I left here to commute back to work. The clouds only appeared once off the A11. (Glad I don't have that commute any more!)

The pub in Dunwich did lovely food when we were last that way in November.

MegBusset Wed 12-Mar-14 13:25:37

Suffolk is pretty but I find parts of it a bit twee.

Norfolk has a quieter beauty that I prefer. (Apart from Great Yarmouth!)

BitsinTatters Wed 12-Mar-14 13:26:40

I'm in Suffolk too

Tis indeed beautiful

pointythings Wed 12-Mar-14 14:16:28

Oooh that pub does look nice and we are having a weekend away nearby in May. There's one for the to do list!

Greysandybeach Wed 12-Mar-14 18:00:40

Can I ask which Coastal towns are really nice to visit in Suffolk? I have only ever been to clacton which was nice but would like to explore more of the coast...

Greysandybeach Wed 12-Mar-14 18:01:52

Or perhaps even in Norfolk....

ProfYaffle Wed 12-Mar-14 18:07:24

I'm on the Norfolk/Suffolk border so get the best of both worlds grin

Ohanarama Wed 12-Mar-14 18:13:30

Both counties pretty but Norwich beats Ipswich (for shopping, not football)

cakebaby Wed 12-Mar-14 18:14:40

grey I'll start with my favourites IMHO.... Southwold, Aldburgh, Walberswick, Thorpness in Suffolk and Wells next the sea, Sheringham, Brancaster, Burnham Market in Norfolk. All quite similar in atmosphere, chilled, nice pubs, no amusement arcades!

I've been to 2 in Suffolk in the last week & off to 2 Norfolk ones tomorrow (from Norfolk but live in Suffolk)

elfycat Wed 12-Mar-14 18:17:06

Greysandybeach There's a reason people talk about Southwold in Suffolk. Nice little town to stroll around, pretty beachhuts and lighthouse, cute pier with little shops/coffee shop. I've only visited once but hope to go again.

I have to say I love the sea front at Great Yarmouth. I grew up near Hastings and it has a similar feel. A little run down now but in summer when things are all open it has plenty to do (sea life centre, pleasure beach with rides, decent sized model village). It's a bit further up and on the coast in Norfolk.

Butkin Wed 12-Mar-14 18:35:53

(ignores Tally otherwise could kick off...)

Yes Nowton is looking pretty now (as is Ickworth) although still a little muddy in places. They had a big running event there the Sunday before last so couldn't find anywhere to park and I'm a season ticket holder for the car park (indignant!).

DD will be running round Nowton for Sport Relief and is looking forward to it. just glad I don't have to (puff....)

Greysandybeach Wed 12-Mar-14 18:39:32

Oh, thank you elfy, cakebaby and butkin. Will check those places out on google maps straightaway and daydream of my next trip to the coast!

Butkin Wed 12-Mar-14 18:39:48

Mitchy, have you ever ridden on Holkham Beach? Haven't done it for years and keep meaning to take DD back (she last went when on the lead rein and that pony wasn't too keen).

Agree with Cakebaby's choice, she knows her stuff.

cakebaby Wed 12-Mar-14 18:52:39

<beams and polishes lapel> grin

ImpOfDarkness Wed 12-Mar-14 18:58:37

<waves at ladies in the Fram vicinity>

Mitchy1nge Wed 12-Mar-14 19:58:27

waves far too enthusiastically at EVERYONE

no Butkin, although a group of friends go for a long weekend every year and find somewhere to stay nearby with grazing I have never been able to join them for one reason or another - it's very much on my list!

in coastal matters I LOVE Dunwich, it is my absolute favourite Suffolk beach (at the moment) dogs are welcome off lead on almost all of it all year round and all of it most of the year

when I had a land rover that looked like the national trust land rovers I could roam and park freely round the whole area, Minsmere etc, but now I have to pay sad

Mitchy1nge Wed 12-Mar-14 20:00:20

look how nice dunwich is

Mitchy1nge Wed 12-Mar-14 20:07:41

I know it's not exactly the seaside but Woodbridge often makes me feel like I'm on holiday confused it has that sort of feel to it, I think people should be encouraged to go there when they come to Suffolk

and Rendlesham forest of course and not just for UFO spotting

BitsinTatters Wed 12-Mar-14 20:11:20

Imp of darkness .. We are local

Mitchy1nge Wed 12-Mar-14 20:12:51

I love local threads, I bet we are talking to people on here we know in real life at least by sight.

kelper Wed 12-Mar-14 20:13:30

ha exwife I did the same move! I love it in ipswich, although the shopping is a bit crap! but I used to live 15 mins from lakeside!
It is very lovely in suffolk I agree smile

Mitchy1nge Wed 12-Mar-14 20:19:10

Ipswich has such lovely buildings though, if you look up above the shop fronts, I think it's nice. At least there is something approaching a MIX of people there, the bits of Suffolk I mostly frequent are entirely white

Dawndonnaagain Wed 12-Mar-14 21:31:35

I love Woodbridge, there's a really good bookshop there, too!

pointythings Thu 13-Mar-14 09:58:01

Our archery club is based in Rendlesham Forest just down the road from Sutton Hoo <potentially outs self> <doesn't care>

LottieJenkins Thu 13-Mar-14 10:15:59

I agree............. I LOVE Suffolk too. I live in a small village with a pub with no bar!! You get served straight from the barrel!! grin

HesterShaw Thu 13-Mar-14 10:16:48

I want to be in an archery club in a forest <jealous>

Mitchy1nge Thu 13-Mar-14 10:19:06

archery! that is a bit of a schlep for me to bother with stalking you but if it was a bit closer to home I might!

if anyone does find themselves on the A1120 tourist route and needs petrol I can highly recommend turning left at Pettaugh for the Evergreen Garage at Crowfield to experience firsthand why MegBusset's accusations of 'twee' are not entirely unfounded - it IS nice, though, to have the olde worlde service of friendly old man refuelling for you and doing Suffolk Talking grin

pointythings Thu 13-Mar-14 10:22:32

Hester Google NFAS and find a club near you. What I do is field archery and it is always done in a forest. It's the best fun ever and I can thoroughly recommend it. There are quite a few clubs in Suffolk.

HesterShaw Thu 13-Mar-14 10:31:19

Field archery isn't in a field?

It's GOT to be in a forest or I simply won't consider it grin

pointythings Thu 13-Mar-14 10:35:59

It is definitely in a forest. Having trees and bracken and fallen logs and shit is what makes it interesting. Imagine walking the trail, coming past a stand of trees and seeing a crocodile perched on a log in front of you. You don't know how far it is, you have to assess that yourself. You get three shots, each successive attempt gets you fewer points and if your first hits, you don't take shots 2 and 3. The trees and the light mean you are easily deceived as to what the distance actually is. It's fun.

Oh, and the crocodile is made of specialist foam rubber, obviously. Bowhunting is illegal in the UK for very good reasons. We also have dinosaurs, a 5 foot cobra, an elephant, a baboon and a giant mosquito. Among very many others. We do killer food at very reasonable prices too and have equipment to loan for people wanting to try the sport.

HesterShaw Thu 13-Mar-14 10:40:09

It sounds SO COOL <bounces>
I've just found a club near St Ives.

TheBeautifulVisit Thu 13-Mar-14 10:45:13

I'm from Suffolk. I miss the huge skies.

<whispers> but don't you find it has more than its fair share of really dim people?

HesterShaw Thu 13-Mar-14 10:45:58

You should come to Cornwall...

TheBeautifulVisit Thu 13-Mar-14 10:47:09

Yes, Browsers bookshop is lovely (and isn't there a little browsers?). I have no idea how it has survived Amazon.

TheBeautifulVisit Thu 13-Mar-14 10:47:47

Hester - I've never actually Ben to Cornwall. grin

TheBeautifulVisit Thu 13-Mar-14 10:48:02


footphobic Thu 13-Mar-14 10:52:51

I'm in Suffolk too, a few miles inland from Southwold, Dunwich etc and surrounded by lots of pretty villages.

Our favourite pub for food is probably The Fox and Goose in Fressingfield but the food at the Middleton Bell is also lovely. So many to choose from.

Can't beat a walk along Southwold prom on a sunny Sunday.

footphobic Thu 13-Mar-14 10:54:34

I'm in Suffolk too, a few miles inland from Southwold, Dunwich etc and surrounded by lots of pretty villages.

Our favourite pub for food is probably The Fox and Goose in Fressingfield but the food at the Middleton Bell is also lovely. So many to choose from.

Can't beat a walk along Southwold prom on a sunny Sunday.

Mitchy1nge Thu 13-Mar-14 10:56:31

dim people, yes, it's probably the historical consanguinity isn't it, now there is at least a bit of movement in the population and we are doing our best to mate with as many outsiders as possible (I'm proud to be doing more than my share of this) I think it might change grin

footphobic Thu 13-Mar-14 10:57:11

Oops, double post sorry wink

NotNewButNameChanged Thu 13-Mar-14 11:05:56

Went for a week's holiday in Suffolk with the ex ten years ago. Stayed near Saxmundham. LOVED the area - wandering down leafy lanes, visiting Orford, Southwold, Dunwich, Thorpeness, Aldeburgh. Was a boiling hot summer. Sigh. I really need to go back.

Conversely, two years later went to Norfolk and aside from Holt and Cley-Next-The-Sea, couldn't understand the fuss about it.

pointythings Thu 13-Mar-14 11:19:28

Hester get out there and contact them, you won't regret it!

Mitchy I am a pesky immigrant and so is DH so between us we may have contributed to the gene pool in a positive way...

TheBeautifulVisit Thu 13-Mar-14 12:25:29

footphobic - ah you sound as though you live where I come from. I had a lovely childhood. Apart from once when I was 15, cycling back from Southwold one summer's evening, at around 9pm. A car stopped (near Blyford), the driver (man) beckoned me over with a map on his lap then as I leaned into the car, he removed the map to reveal an erect penis and started masturbating. Ugh. I don't know why, but I always thought he was probably from Norfolk. grin

I love Suffolk, have romantic ideas of retiring there. I love Southwold, Dunwich but my fav has to be Thorpeness with the house in the clouds.

dottygamekeeper Thu 13-Mar-14 12:43:28

Mitchy, you can see my house as you drive along the A1120 (though we are not on the main road we have views across the rolling hills (by Suffolk standards) towards it...and I was at Evergreen only last week, chatting to everyone! I do love having someone put the fuel in the car, and fill up my cans for the lawnmower/chainsaw etc and lift them back into the boot for me.

Waves to all MNetters in Fram/Woodbridge vicinity - Little Browsers has closed in Woodbridge, and been amalgamated into the main Browsers (which has lost its coffee shop to make room).

Betty, was in Thorpeness a couple of weeks ago and the revamped cafe next to the carpark (not the one by the Mere) is brilliant if you have a dog - every table had a dog with its owners (I know there was a recent thread moaning about dogs in cafes, but as the owner of a well behaved dog I love cafes where dogs are welcomed, it really adds something to the walk!)

Although we live in Suffolk, I also love Norfolk - we spend a lot of holidays in Wells Next the Sea, walking and cycling round Holkham, Walsingham etc

TheBeautifulVisit Thu 13-Mar-14 13:05:32

Dotty - ah shame about the coffee shop in Browsers.

WeAreSix Thu 13-Mar-14 13:13:41

I'm thinking of relocating to Suffolk from West Sussex... It's a big decision to make!

I grew up in Cambs but my parents moved just over the border a few years ago. I particularly like Bury St Edmunds to visit when we're up there. The biggest difference I notice is that there is much, much less traffic. Which I like!

Does anyone live in or can recommend any nice villages near Bury?

elfycat Thu 13-Mar-14 13:28:54

Come up here WeAreSix, I came here due to Dh and his job (army) and we ended up coming back here from W.Sussex (Emsworth) when he 'retired'. If we hadn't already bought the house up here we might have stayed down there out of convenience. That would have been a shame.

The whole 'rat race' thing the south east corner has going has somehow missed this area and yet we're still not far from London and there are regular trains. Best of both worlds.

I'm not sure about the dim thing. Now DD1 is at school I see more of the spread of inhabitants from the town and most of them seem normal (for a given range). Some are Suffolk locals and others have moved here. At 5 all of the children seem ok; bright, energetic, friendly for the most part. Of course they will all have individual academic ability (as a MNetter my child obviously falls into gifted and talented --mostly at creating mayhem--).

WeAreSix Thu 13-Mar-14 13:34:37

I live between Chichester and Brighton. A27 hell smile

I don't have great faith in Ofsted, but the inspection reports I've read for the areas I've liked the look of are much better than here.

Property prices around Bury don't seem much better than here? I'd love a 4+ detached ideally. Although the idea of somewhere with adjoining property for holiday let is alluring smile

elfycat Thu 13-Mar-14 13:43:05

Ergh that road! Used to drive to my parents in Bexhill all the time. The Worthing bit... the daft non by-passed bit at Arundel.

We have A11, A14 and A12 which suddenly decide to narrow down and go through a tourist-magnet town.

There were 3 schools I could have applied for and I got the one I wanted, we're catchment. But even the 'worst' one of them has a fan base and 'good' at Ofsted.

We did think to move to West Kent, but the competitiveness of the schooling system was a major 'NO' for us.

justicewomen Thu 13-Mar-14 13:43:12

Well I'm staring out of my office window in Ipswich, wishing I could be strolling around Christchurch Park. We do have some splendid parks here.

Best Suffolk country pub Ive found recently is The Greyhound at Pettistree just outside Woodbridge. Ive also a soft spot for the Veggie Red Lion in Great Bricett.

elfycat Thu 13-Mar-14 13:43:45

Which don't*

Dawndonnaagain Thu 13-Mar-14 13:45:05

It is a shame about the coffee shop in Browsers. The guy was saying that the rent on the other shop was too much and that there were too many coffee shops in Woodbridge, I can see his point.
We go there regularly, we like to support local(ish) bookshops and we hate Amazon.

WeAreSix Thu 13-Mar-14 13:52:28

That's right where I am elfy ;) Worthing is generally awful for traffic. I need to be at Brighton hospital tomorrow for a 9am appt so I have to leave at 7:30.

The trouble is, if the A27 was any wider, the Downs would be trashed.

Cheesymonster Thu 13-Mar-14 13:53:15

I'm in Suffolk too, didn't realise there were so many mners here!

SuffolkNWhat Thu 13-Mar-14 13:55:35

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Its0kToBeMe Thu 13-Mar-14 14:11:35

I have spent the morning on the beach at Walberswick. It was so nice I'm heading back with the dog and DS when he gets back from school.

WeAreSix Thu 13-Mar-14 14:17:37

Suffolk I bet there's not much you miss about Sunny Worthing!

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LottieJenkins Thu 13-Mar-14 14:22:51

Halesworth has a lovely bookshop and Framlingham has a fab second hand bookshop. The East Suffolk line from Lowestoft to Ipswich is a lovely train ride with children!

TheBeautifulVisit Thu 13-Mar-14 14:49:08

Edward's tea shop in Halesworth (thoroughfare) is lovely for afternoon tea. When I was younger my little sis and i used to go on our own for tea (we thought we were very sophisticated). It used to have Edward's department store next door, which was known locally as Harrods, Halesworth.

It does always seem sunnier, brighter and clearer in Suffolk.

LottieJenkins Thu 13-Mar-14 14:52:19

TheBeautifulVisit I went to Southfield PNEU School in Halesworth and as it didn't have a kitchen we used to walk to first Baxters and when that closed Edwards for our lunches.

Dawndonnaagain Thu 13-Mar-14 14:57:05

I go to Halesworth twice a week to collect dd from her boyfriend's house! I have spent too much money in Focus in the past, but you should see my slippers! grin

Butkin Thu 13-Mar-14 14:59:03

Weare6, We live nr Bury - DD goes to school there - and it is a lovely place to visit and shop in. We actually commute down to West Sussex every weekend because DD's ponies live there. We're always shocked by the poor quality of the roads down there - so rough and potholed through all the villages we travel. I wouldn't say the roads are any quieter up here though - just depends on what time you hit them. The A14 is so important for the region that if it is blocked the whole area can grind to a halt.

Mitchy1nge Fri 14-Mar-14 09:44:11

if I ever moved away permanently I think I'd miss the fog as much as anything, it was (still is a bit) very impressive this morning

LottieJenkins Fri 14-Mar-14 10:04:06
Mitchy1nge Fri 14-Mar-14 10:16:16

oh I love Orford, I forgot about it, thanks Lottie

what a nice article! I remember one from a year or two back saying that mid suffolk in particular was in the top 10 of best rural areas for its extra 2 hours of sunshine, house prices and so on, I think it was a Halifax home buyer thing

LottieJenkins Fri 14-Mar-14 10:29:10

My friend works at Pump Street Bakery. It produces award winning bread!

MrTumblesSpottyHag Fri 14-Mar-14 10:39:34

waves to fellow suffolkians!
I went on a bike ride through Stowmarket this morning and couldn't believe the fog!
Suffolk is beautiful when you can see it

Mitchy1nge Fri 14-Mar-14 10:43:27

am going for a run round stowmarket in a minute! hope the fog has lifted (scared of the traffic blush)

LottieJenkins Fri 14-Mar-14 10:43:48

I took Bumble out for a walk in the field and couldn't see the road because of the fog, suddenly I realised I was nearly walking into the ditch! It is gradually lifting now thankfully!!

Dawndonnaagain Fri 14-Mar-14 10:45:00

Clearing here and the sun is trying to come out.

<between Halesworth and Harleston>

MrTumblesSpottyHag Fri 14-Mar-14 10:49:11

<twitches curtains in case mitchy runs past> grin

Isn't it odd to think of all the mners living near you?!

Mitchy1nge Fri 14-Mar-14 10:52:23

I'll be in a very orange jacket. Looking amazing. With my almost-healed calf strain giving me an interesting gait. grin

BirdintheWings Fri 14-Mar-14 10:59:08

One word for all you gushing Suffolk-lovers.



dottygamekeeper Fri 14-Mar-14 11:11:01

Lottie, I love the Pump Street Bakery van - I think its called Cedric, its the old fashioned Citroen that appears in Ipswich market sometimes, and I have also seen it at Snape when the Tour of Britain came through

(Studiously ignores Bird and the H word...)

floatyflo Fri 14-Mar-14 11:43:37

Are from Haverhill bird

I know it's reputation very well, but still feel quite defensive of it.

Butkin Fri 14-Mar-14 12:08:07

Stares hard at Bird and considers "H" to be Essex/Cambridge borders...

Butkin Fri 14-Mar-14 12:09:09

Oops - apologies to Floatyflo, in fairness I like a lot of the areas around Haverhill and particularly like Horseheath Point to Point!

BirdintheWings Fri 14-Mar-14 13:18:12

OK then, Floaty, I'll narrow it further to Haverhill Tesco. And possibly the bit round the old Co-op.

Mitchy1nge Fri 14-Mar-14 14:23:15

I've never been to Haverhill actually, I don't even know where it is but my mental picture of it is that it's probably a bit like Sudbury and Stowmarket?

SuffolkNWhat Fri 14-Mar-14 16:00:58

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exWifebeginsat40 Fri 14-Mar-14 16:20:56

mitchy - THANK YOU - finally someone else who looks up in ipswich town centre and sees how amazing some of the buildings are!

the Cake Shop in the Thoroughfare in woodbridge does amazing bread. highly recommended.

my favourite beach is at East Lane near Bawdsey but don't tell anyne - there's hardly ever anyone there unless it's boiling, but even then the beach is miles long so never crowded.

Doobydoo Fri 14-Mar-14 16:28:04

Concur!That is why we are moving back in 4 years time! Cannot WAIT.

exWifebeginsat40 Fri 14-Mar-14 16:33:08

i need to say 'amazing' more. also, *anyone

as you were.

knitknack Fri 14-Mar-14 16:38:46

I'm very close to the Fox and goose in fressingfield smile. Yum. I'm just about to go for a run alongside loads of lovely daffodils smile smile

Dawndonnaagain Fri 14-Mar-14 16:55:52

My girls went to school in Alburgh knitknack I'm not far from you!

knittedslippersx3 Fri 14-Mar-14 17:06:07

exWife is spot on about The Cake Shop Bakery in Woodbridge. It won Britains Best Bakery. The brownies are to die for!!! I love Woodbridge.

BASTARDS with your gardens and your daffodils and your ice-creams. There is a 12 FOOT HIGH snow bank outside my door right now envy wink.

namechanger1979 Fri 14-Mar-14 17:17:17

Waves to everyone else in a little suffolk villages...... especially those around bury which is the best bit smile

Its0kToBeMe Fri 14-Mar-14 19:09:36

I'm in Bramfield just outside Halesworth. Not met anyone in suffolk that I didn't like!

ElvisJesusAndCocaCola Fri 14-Mar-14 19:11:13

I live in norfolk and work in suffolk (just).

Best of both.

elfycat Fri 14-Mar-14 19:35:57

My parents are coming to visit next week and have requested a tour of Ipswich. I've probably described the beautiful buildings to them previously but have never taken them there. My father was born in Bury St Edmunds but moved to Kent when he was a toddler so they've tended to go out that way when visiting. So Ipswich - the tourist destination of choice!

It's time to ramp up my 'get everyone to move to Suffolk' Campaign. My father has this odd idea that Suffolk is colder than Kent/Sussex because we're on the east coast but I'm hoping the stunning March weather will hold out.

Sorry Oscar the DDs and I had ice creams on the way home from school today smile

RuddyDuck Fri 14-Mar-14 19:37:05

This thread is making me feel so homesick for Suffolk. I went to school in Ipswich, my parents live just outsude, and whenever we drive there I get to Lavenham area and the countryside starts looking like home again.

I love looking up at the shop buildings in Ipswich ( esp the Ancient House). I also really love the Suffolk coast, Aldeburgh and Walberswick in particular. I have to go back every few weeks to get my fix! Am working on Dh to agree to move there in retirement.

DisgraceToTheYChromosome Fri 14-Mar-14 19:54:22

Dawndonnaagain: Is Juan still running Focus in Halesworth? Lovely guy, came to DM's funeral.

The DPs retired just up the road, midway between the Nelson and Cherry Tree when they were still open.

Incidentally, the best fish and chips in the world are found on Dunwich beach.

I live in Suffolk! Just south of the Norfolk border. Used to teach in Bramfield. Love it, love it, love it. Now, what can I add that hasn't already been said? Suffolk Food Halls, Wykken Vineyards. If you haven't visited Eye recently (about to out myself) there's an arts centre called The Bank and a cafe called La Chocolaterie, as well as the castle, beautiful church & ugly town hall that've been there for ages.

DS2, who has SN, goes to day care in Stowmarket, where they've introduced him to the delights of browsing in charity shops smile.

mymatemax Fri 14-Mar-14 20:00:42

I live nr Aldeburgh, wouldn't live anywhere else. Love it! x

BitsinTatters Fri 14-Mar-14 20:01:59

Cheapskatemum. .. I live VERY close to you

trying to work out who you are

pointythings Fri 14-Mar-14 20:06:30

I'm in Mildenhall, which is really quite unlovely - but the rest of Suffolk is so gorgeous I forgive it because I'm so well positioned to all the roads that lead - well, out of Mildenhall...

Bitsintatters Shall I post clues? Or PM you? Until last month, when I went on a MN course, I've never knowingly met an MNer in RL!

Doublemuvver Fri 14-Mar-14 20:15:46

I am from Suffolk. I love it and I desperately want to move back but it's too pricey! It is the forgotten corner of England. No cities. No motorway. Pure gloriousness.

BitsinTatters Fri 14-Mar-14 20:16:57

Oooo let's play guess who

Well apart from the fact you live near me & are, presumably, a Mum, I know naff all about you! People used to mistake me for the manager of the pub. In fact they might still mistake me for her, but the pub now has a different manager.

Dawndonnaagain Fri 14-Mar-14 20:35:21

ItsOk I drove past yours last night, I pick dd up from her boyfriend and rather than try to turn around, it's easier to turn left, nip through Bramfield and end up on the other side of Hammonds!

BitsinTatters Fri 14-Mar-14 20:35:46

Ooo the queens?

Dawndonnaagain Fri 14-Mar-14 20:36:01

Disgrace I don't know, haven't been for a while, you've given me an excuse to check next week though! grin

SuffolkNWhat Fri 14-Mar-14 20:38:52

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

You mean there's more than 1 pub in Eye & I never knew? Well I suppose there's Over the Moon, but yes, The Queen's Head.

BitsinTatters Fri 14-Mar-14 20:41:51

Not been in over the moon yet. Apparently it's good

You could always include the mead lands place down at the "reck" where the skate park is and zumba

Of course, yes the Community Centre. How often's the bar open down there these days? I'm friends with the Chair and I went to the Wednesday eve Zumba a few times. (Apologies for thread hijack)

Dawndonnaagain Hammonds were brilliant when I put petrol in my diesel car in the middle of the night a couple of years ago.

VivaLeBeaver Fri 14-Mar-14 20:56:53

I've never been to Suffolk but I want to.

I keep thinking it sounds a nice place for a cycling holiday.

SuffolkNWhat Fri 14-Mar-14 21:01:30

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

VivaLeBeaver Fri 14-Mar-14 21:07:40

That's what I thought. grin

BitsinTatters Fri 14-Mar-14 21:08:44

Oh wow. I've been to Zumba with Emily too!!

TheBeautifulVisit Fri 14-Mar-14 21:22:07

LottieJenkins - Ahh, how nice. I remember often meeting pupils from the PNEU at the dentist (our dentist was Mr Brinton whose practise was at Hooker House on Quay Street grin).

I live in a beautiful bit of Hertfordshire now but when people say how beautiful it is, I just suck my teeth and think 'It's not a patch on North Suffolk.'

I might have to hide this thread as you are all making me green with envy.

BitsinTatters front row or back row?

BitsinTatters Fri 14-Mar-14 21:56:55

Always back!!

Well you would have had a good view of me floundering in the front then, near the door? 3/4 length blue leggings, sleeveless top, hair in bunches (get very hot)

Icedfinger Fri 14-Mar-14 22:42:55

I live in Suffolk too. Love Woodbridge, aldeburgh etc. Had a lovely wander round ipswich today. St Peters Street is fab at the moment!

outtolunchagain Fri 14-Mar-14 22:45:33

Suffolk here too , need to read thread but there are just too many great things about Suffolk to mentionsmile

LottieJenkins Fri 14-Mar-14 22:48:36

I am halfway between Fressingfield and Bramfield................

Haverhill is not as bad as it was
I no longer have to wear my stab proof vest to go shopping

I am close to Tesco which is actually a bit rubbish
Sainsburys is better

LESuffolk Fri 14-Mar-14 23:05:00

What a lovely thread- so happy to read all this praise of Suffolk.

Here is Suffolk local if you want to take a look and maybe wax lyrical on our many attractions with a review (or two) pretty please.

LESuffolk Fri 14-Mar-14 23:09:52

[[http://splashurl.com/onmuedu Loads of Suffolk porn on Mumsnet Suffolk Facebook site too).

LESuffolk Fri 14-Mar-14 23:10:23
nomorebooze Fri 14-Mar-14 23:12:05

youvegottobekittenme: is it not haverhole! hehe, I never found it tooo bad but I know to a lot of locals its not seen in good light! I lived near clare for 1 1/2 yrs ad loved it very friendly, also good fruit picking!

BaileyWhite Fri 14-Mar-14 23:26:03

What I love about Suffolk (or one of the many things I love about Suffolk) are the small towns packed with independent shops and they all support each other so well. Clare and Woodbridge, Hadleigh are all great examples of towns that have grimly hung onto their butchers, bakers and candlestick makers with Hadleigh even fighting off the Tesco onslaught.

The countryside around Hawkedon with its deep cuts bracketing lanes, wooded dips and hollows and houses punctuating miles of fields is one of my favourites.

Also love Clare Castle country park with its tumbled down Motte ruins and lakes with wooded shaded paths that turn into the railway walk and Suffolk route taking you all the way to Sudbury.

Foxearth picnic place was a childhood haunt, again with the Stour running through, rabbit warrens to run up and around and thick wooded glades with footworn paths.

The Crown & Castle is a favourite- we have stayed there several times and the nearby Orford Ness. We rented the seafront house next door to Alain De Bottons architecturally unique mammoth - ours had sunbleached slightly mildewy fabrics in the sunroom, rickety collections of furniture amassed over the years from family donations and would certainly not win a RIBA award but my goodness did we feel we were reliving an Enid Blyton style childhood we never really had!

BaileyWhite Fri 14-Mar-14 23:38:58


There are lots of gorgeous villages near BSE- I love Risby with its spacious village green, little primary and great Farmers market; Walsham Le Willows with its own butchers, pubs and a great village social life; Pakenham with a working windmill that makes amazing flour; Horringer has Ickworth Park, a few pubs and some really picturesque old houses and it is close to town; Whepstead, Chevington and Chedburgh are well thought of too.

Great Barton and Thurston are larger villages- Thurston has a primary and high (Upper) school, a butchers and general store, very active social calendar and several pubs. It is also on the main train Ipswich- Bury- Cambridge line with its own little station.

Elsmwell is on the same train line- it has pretty parts and some larger housing estates that threaten to subsume the character in parts. But we need housing.

Cockfield is the largest English parish I believe and lies between Sicklesmere and Lavenham. You will need a car to get about although parts of it are covered by the main Sudbury-Bury to Colchester bus route. Lavenham is ten miles away but feeds the Sudbury school system in the main although some pupils do attend Bury schools.

Great Welnetham near Bury off the Bury-Sudbury road is a small etiolated village, mainly houses and not a lot of shops.

So many gorgeous villages around BSE - how does one choose?

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Sat 15-Mar-14 00:31:41

I live in Bramfield! grin

I love Suffolk. I couldn't live anywhere else. I'm a Suffolk girl. I love the wide open countryside and the huge skies. I love Southwold, I love everything about it. The beach, the pier, the common, the shops. I love the bleakness of Dunwich beach. I love the walks of Walberswick and the huge beach. I love the quirkiness of Aldeburgh, not to mention their fish and chips. I'm not too keen on big cities, give me a dog, a pair of wellies and a nice day and I'm happy for hours. smile

ProfYaffle Sat 15-Mar-14 00:51:07

Ooh, Bramfield, we got our pigs butchered at Bramfield meats. You're lucky to have ready access to their bacon!

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Sat 15-Mar-14 01:05:38

Oh my word Yaffle have you tried their beer cured bacon? grin

NancyinCali Sat 15-Mar-14 04:11:05

Thanks to this thread I am now very homesick! California may be sunny basically all the time (sorry) but you can't beat the Suffolk countryside and lovely towns and villages. Sigh.

Seriously, I'm about to cry with homesickness now thanks to you lot...

ProfYaffle Sat 15-Mar-14 06:50:12

Yup - in catering packs! I live in Diss but go over there every now and then to stock the freezer.

RuddyDuck Sat 15-Mar-14 07:35:44

bailey you are right about the small towns. They are amazing in the way they keep their independence. I think possibly one of my favourite shops in the whole world us Partridges in Hadleigh.

Oh god, I really am homesick for Suffolk now.

BaileyWhite Sat 15-Mar-14 07:57:22


Ohh Partridges - the shop that people go into and never come out of smile. They sell everything don't they?

The artisanal food (sorry for the poncey word) is amazing- Henrietta Inmans patisserie, Suffolk Black bacon, Weldons pick your own fruit in Gt Cornard, Shortts Farm Brewery ales- #Skiffle and #Strummer, Bread from The Friendly Loaf Company from a farm near BSE that has whole duck and geese families waiitng around the barn door as the baker bakes!

We met your friend at #PumpStreetBakery Lottie I think- we bought bear claws and an almond filled pastry then ate them naughtily in the pub opposite. I watched my DH quiver and shake as he attempted to swallow and enormous oyster at the smokehouse- along with the rest of the restaurant.

austenozzy Sat 15-Mar-14 08:27:51

Sugfolk here too, but in middle of a move to cornwall atm. Will miss it terribly but we're moving to be closer to family now we have dd (2.9)

We're over between bse and newmarket and south a bit.

faustina Sat 15-Mar-14 08:32:18

gosh you make it all sound so lovely I almost don't want to move...

BaileyWhite Sat 15-Mar-14 08:38:51

Well the flip side of all the loveliness is the rural poverty, super slow broadband and poor transport links because of the denigration of rural bus routes.

These do get lost in all the prettiness.

But the scenery is stunning- heart stopping sometimes. Travelling around the tree enclosed roads locally now they are in bud and misted with green, I often pull over in a layby just to look.

ipswichwitch Sat 15-Mar-14 08:44:03

Ruddy we use to lose my dad for hours in Partridges. I've never since seen a shop so utterly random in terms of stock - they sold everything!

justicewomen I grew up next to the Red Lion, and have some find memories of summer afternoons in the pub garden with a britvic and a bag of crisps while dad gossiped with the landlord!

My aunt used to work in the Ancient House when it was a proper bookshop. The children's section was fantastic.

BaileyWhite Sat 15-Mar-14 08:53:09


Ancient House was such a beautiful bookshop- so many lovely book shops lost. I remember when Sudbury had two of them within feet of each other on Gainsborough St and another on the neighbouring Friars St. Both little treasure chests of carefully selected stock.

Harris & Harris in Clare is lovely as is Landers book shop in Long Melford.

BaileyWhite Sat 15-Mar-14 08:53:52

Posted too soon- I remember the Blue Coat Boy in Ipswich and the Chrissie in Sudbury smile

SuffolkNWhat Sat 15-Mar-14 08:59:45

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

outtolunchagain Sat 15-Mar-14 09:37:04

Off to spend a lovely morning at Twist the yarn shop in Woodbridge smile

Dh taking dog and children to Aldeburgh, they are objecting but chips will solve the problem!

I love the fact that we have so many wonderful independent food shops , it's a foodies paradise really. And also that largely the towns do retain a good smattering of independents although there are lots of empty shops in Woodbridge at the moment.Also love the independent cinemas.

I constantly marvel at the scenery and it's a great place to bring up the children ,.

Not so good is the lack of public transport,the high house prices in places like Woodbridge , slow slow broadband, very late postal deliveries and sometimes the lack of bigger shops although the new John Lewis at Ipswich has been a godsend .wink

BaileyWhite Sat 15-Mar-14 09:37:29

A lot of the bus services were subsidised by the LA and have been subsequently cut back.

BaileyWhite Sat 15-Mar-14 09:39:32

We love love love the East Coast Diner in Woodbridge- seriously good beef and pork hot dogs and wicked milkshakes/maltshakes. The staff are lovely too. Definitely the place to book for a kids party- I wish mine were smaller as I would have enjoyed a party there far more. Plenty of grown up Milkshakes too wink

insancerre Sat 15-Mar-14 09:44:16

This thread is making me feel very homesick
I grew up on the Norfolk/Suffolk border and practically spent my whole childhood roamimg free in Thetford Forest.
I now live on the Fylde coast and I miss the trees sad

ProfYaffle Sat 15-Mar-14 09:49:53

Agree about the foodies paradise thing, we're so spoiled having all this amazing food on our doorstep.

Also agree about the transport issue. I'm a CAB advisor and frequently see poverty issues caused by lack of transport. One client I saw lived in a tied cottage on an amazing estate but her husband died and she didn't drive. There was zero public transport and she was literally trapped and relying on neighbours to bring her food parcels.

LESuffolk Sat 15-Mar-14 10:48:18

Would really love it if some of you could pop over to the Local site and review the places /attractions you love. Or even list them. Suffolk is huge (and I cover Norfolk too) and I have typed away my fingerprints trying to develop a site that you'll all find useful. I cannot know everything about my region and having some hidden gems added would make my year (not just my day)

Here is the link.

VivaLeBeaver Sat 15-Mar-14 10:57:23

Can anyone recommend somewhere which would be a good base for a cycling holiday?

Quiet country lanes, pretty village type cycling?

Dawndonnaagain Sat 15-Mar-14 11:01:35

Dunwich, Aldeburgh, Blythburgh all lovely. Others may have other areas.

MorrisZapp Sat 15-Mar-14 11:05:23

Suffolkin' Pretty?

LESuffolk Sat 15-Mar-14 11:14:41

Viva There are some amazing designated cycling routes such as The South Suffolk cycle route that takes you from Bures and the Stour Valley through to Lavenham (amazing wool town), Thetford Forest (amazing- the 2nd largest English forest) and the Kings Forest cycle route- two circular routes mostly off-road, through and around forest, heathland and farmland. A cycle link to Bury St. Edmunds railway station is also possible, from where there are regular trains over the East.

All of the off-road routes are on public bridleways or byways and all can be used by walkers, cyclists or horse riders. Routes have been described mainly for cycling and some sections can be quite challenging.

Also the back route from Bury St eds to Sudbury via Whepstead, Hartest, Hawkedon, Cavendish, Long Melford is stunning- rise and fall of hills, woods, historic villages and pubs....This is my favourite.

SuffolkNWhat Sat 15-Mar-14 11:18:11

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

elfycat Sat 15-Mar-14 11:19:42

outtolunch yarn shop?

<looks at young DDs and the mayhem they're creating>

hmmm maybe I should go for a drive on Monday while DD2 is at nursery... Not for myself you understand. Another yarnaholic's birthday gift. I promise not to shop for myself fingers crossed behind back

LESuffolk Sat 15-Mar-14 11:19:56

Posted too soon-

Minsmere Forest has wide and flat cycle routes through open heathland and dappled forested shade. You can track onto the public lanes to Dunwich Heath (beautiful heather covered heath and gorse lined roads) and cycle through Yoxford, Peasenhall, Walberswick onto Orford doing the coastal paths. Intersperse this with walking the Suffolk coastal path around Iken onwards and picnics by the sea. Most of the villages and towns have well stocked delis and village stores for food. The Local Mumsnet site has details of specialist cycling Suffolk organisations Here and holiday cycling companies here.

TheBeautifulVisit Sat 15-Mar-14 11:26:22

Do your children have a Suffolk accent? As a means of managing my yearning for Suffolk, I've been trying to imagine my children saying Tooos-dee, instead of Tuesday. grin

BaileyWhite Sat 15-Mar-14 11:39:16

Sadly mine don't - not one tiny little trace. sad. Love the toosday grin.

elfycat Sat 15-Mar-14 11:40:59

My children have a tendency to do the long 'i' sound.

one, two, three, four, f'ouyi've. But that's it so far.

I'm trying to correct it as we go but I have a Kent accent with a soft 'w' instead of r and DH has a hint of a lisp due to an uncut tongue tie. I think I might save up now for a private speech therapist later wink

VivaLeBeaver Sat 15-Mar-14 11:41:33

Thanks Dawn and LeSuffolk, will make a note of those and get planning.

SuffolkNWhat Sat 15-Mar-14 12:17:39

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

elfycat Sat 15-Mar-14 12:37:54

There are worst accents though (BIL's put on 'estuary' essex one for starters. None of the rest of his family have one and they're not from the London side of Essex. He sounds like a crapper version of Jamie Oliver. I get stabby listening to either)

Overenthusiastic 'i's I can live with.

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Sat 15-Mar-14 12:43:24

Living with a dh who thinks weekends are for housework, I'm actually getting a little bit nostalgic for all the lovely places around me that we never go to.

The dc's are asking if we can go out somewhere today. So far I've had a shower and dh has hung half the washing out and unloaded half the dishwasher and is currently playing a game on his phone. Might have to escape without him. hmm

LottieJenkins Sat 15-Mar-14 13:26:41

VivaLaBeaver I will message you!

Mitchy1nge Sat 15-Mar-14 13:28:51

Viva - I think Debenham would make a lovely base, not just because it's even prettier than your average Suffolk town (without being ridiculous and becoming lavenham or something) but there are so many cycling events, the longest ford in the UK (you can cycle in the actual river Deben, it doesn't often have much water but I ride the horses there often, it's fun and people always whizz past on bikes) and it's so central (heart of suffolk!) you can get anywhere easily (by car). It has a co/op and a few pubs and fish and chips, there are lovely holiday cottages at Boundary Farm next door to the mumsnet pink pony smile

Its0kToBeMe Sat 15-Mar-14 14:51:34

Waves to Ilovemydogsandmydogsloveme

Can I ask a huge favour to all other Suffolkonians?

If you are ever in or near Metfield could you pop in to the Duke Wellington. It is a lovely tea room in what was the local pub.

The husband and wife team that own it are such lovely people. They've had an awful time with the locals who actively slate the place. I went to the local Metfield store and was told to NOT go there and they hoped they went out of business!

Very petty, and I hope the tea room flourishes.

Dawndonnaagain Sat 15-Mar-14 15:02:21

How awful, itsok, I was planning to go to the garden centre over there tomorrow if its nice, will pop in for a coffee.
Have you seen Johnny Depp recently? wink

BaileyWhite Sat 15-Mar-14 15:05:44


Is it on the local site? I love the Metfield Bakery and their apricot pork pies.

Why are they slating it other than it being seen as competition? Such a shame as so many of the smaller Suffolk towns and villages really try to support each other and realise that trading associations are the way forward giving them an organising power they wouldn't have on their own.

ProfYaffle Sat 15-Mar-14 16:08:37

Oh I read that about the tea room in Metfield. Thing is the bakery doesn't have a tea room so you'd think they'd want to actively join forces and have the tea room as an outlet for their products.

ProfYaffle Sat 15-Mar-14 16:11:12

Found this

TheOnlySeven Sat 15-Mar-14 16:23:55

So many Suffolk people here, ive never met another MNer that I know of but there are certainly plenty of us about.

I'm just outside Southwold, always lived here and nowhere else I'd rather be.

Doublemuvver Sat 15-Mar-14 16:24:56

How multi cultural is suffolk these days? It's an important consideration for my much longed for return. I'm guessing Ipswich would be the place to go?

ProfYaffle Sat 15-Mar-14 16:35:02

Ipswich is probably a safe bet in that respect. We had some French friends living there who had a very multi-ethnic group of friends.

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Sat 15-Mar-14 16:59:46

Waves back to Its0kToBeMe. Literally. You can probably see me if I run down to the main road!

The Tally Ho Tearooms in Mettingham, just outside Bungay on the old Beccles road, is a wonderful place. I've waxed lyrical about it on here before. Victorian dressed staff, gorgeous chintzy china, full silver service just for afternoon tea! Wonderful. <sigh>

petalpower Sat 15-Mar-14 18:00:53

MitchyInge - what's the mumsnet pink pony at Boundary Farm??

SuffolkNWhat Sat 15-Mar-14 18:07:50

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outtolunchagain Sat 15-Mar-14 18:08:01

Elfy , the yarn shop is closed on Mondays sad, open Tuesday to Saturday.

elfycat Sat 15-Mar-14 18:25:34

Might be able to do Tues. I sort of run a craft club in my local Costa on a Tues morning (open to anyone btw) but could get to Woodbridge and back before the school run. grin

SuffolkNWhat Sat 15-Mar-14 18:34:08

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POTC Sat 15-Mar-14 18:46:56

BaileyWhite your list of villages around BSE was impressive, you listed pretty much all the villages surrounding mine, but not mine grin
Please have a quick snoop on the Local site, it's really hard to make it successful but LESuffolk is trying very hard

outtolunchagain Sat 15-Mar-14 18:47:59

There's also a shop in Lavenham called cafe knit

RudyMentary Sat 15-Mar-14 18:49:38

I'm not actually in Suffolk - I'm just near the ugly bit grin

POTC Sat 15-Mar-14 18:51:55

Doublemuvver it's getting better, Stowmarket has a strong Polish community and Bury has many more cultures represented than a decade ago

Butkin Sat 15-Mar-14 19:05:10

Baileywhite - you passed the Suffolk test by giving my village a nice name check!

Just driven back home via Long Melford (other side of Bury from us) which has the only tack shop we can find that seems to stock the riding hats DD likes. It's a lovely village as well..

itfcbabe Sat 15-Mar-14 19:05:34

I live in Woodbridge,I really like it here,moved from Ipswich last year, which I have had enough of.

Lived in Middleton from 9 years old and around there.12 years ago moved from Leiston to Ipswich.
Have also lived in Halesworth and Lowestoft in my time.

Southwold if the best place in the summer.I used to stay with my Grandparents every summer and go to the beach mission,If I won the lottery I would move to Southwold,want to move there when kids have all left home if I can.

Love Dunwich as well used to work at the beach cafe and Dunwich ship when I was a teenager!!

Also worked at Mary's tea rooms in Walberswick,I remember going crabbing there when I was younger.

Also worked in Aldeburgh in the White Hart hotel,and going to the Boat Regatta in Thorpeness.

Its0kToBeMe Sat 15-Mar-14 19:32:16

Thank you for that link pro

thanksamillion Sat 15-Mar-14 20:02:32

Ahh you're all making me feel homesick! I grew up in Suffolk (near Bury St Edmunds) but live abroad at the moment.

Mitchy1nge Sun 16-Mar-14 12:39:04
ImpOfDarkness Sun 16-Mar-14 13:00:27

My mum ran into Johnny Depp in the Dancing Goat in Fram grin

Mitchy1nge Sun 16-Mar-14 13:06:35

I remember when everybody was obsessed with the idea that he was buying a house in Fram, did it come true?

Mitchy1nge Sun 16-Mar-14 13:10:21

some pics of the water ride to entice VivaLaBeaver to Debenham for her cycling holiday

ImpOfDarkness Sun 16-Mar-14 13:13:29

He probably tried to buy yhe castle!

petalpower Sun 16-Mar-14 13:15:11

Thanks for that link Mitchy!
Do you live at Boundary farm or were you just competing there?

Mitchy1nge Sun 16-Mar-14 13:19:59

our horses live very very very very very next door nearby

have never competed there as such but have been round the course for schooling/'fun' with varying levels of success hmm

it looks like a nice base for a holiday anyway

petalpower Sun 16-Mar-14 13:25:40

You must live very close to me Mitchy!!

Mitchy1nge Sun 16-Mar-14 13:42:16

ooh how close? have we met?

it's an unnervingly small world at times! PLEASE don't recognise any of the horses if they are being silly in the high st or something at some point, or if they did a poo on your doorstep grin

petalpower Sun 16-Mar-14 13:49:28

No don't think we've met!
Is it just your horses that live 'very near' to Boundary Farm or are you in Debenham?

Mitchy1nge Sun 16-Mar-14 14:01:48

between Boundary Farm and Debenham

I have just launched an exciting new Dog Walking And Other Pet Care venture in Debenham itself though

(am not very good at guarding my anonymity on here but this thread will disappear soon anyway)

is mad to find people from such a sparsely populated area on here isn't it!

petalpower Sun 16-Mar-14 14:08:13

Is your new venture connected with the new vets near the doctors?
Yes, it's a bit freaky!

Mitchy1nge Sun 16-Mar-14 14:13:10


as soon as I hit send I thought I ought to qualify with something like 'nothing to do with the are-you-coming signs that were everywhere'

I only realised the other day that they were in the police station shock where have the police gone?

petalpower Sun 16-Mar-14 14:23:16

I don't know where the police are now. Probably cut back I should think!

ProfYaffle Sun 16-Mar-14 14:57:09

Re the Johnny Depp thing, there was an article in the local paper saying the sightings were actually a professional look a like. The whole tone was 'sorry if you got confused folks, I just can't help looking sooooo like Johnny!' so I don't know if he was actually responsible for all the sightings or whether he was just trying to boost his profile by tagging onto a genuine visit.

LESuffolk Sun 16-Mar-14 15:41:30

Thank you POTC and Butkin

I could pretty much list the whole of Suffolk as a 'it's pretty' namecheck smile.

Well I have just had a 'celeb' encounter in that Mark Wright just came into the restaurant we were eating in and we overheard him ask the manager if he would move us from where we were sitting so his entourage and himself could have the window seats. The lovely (and not celeb-struck) manager refused and said he expected us to be some time too.

So thank you to the lovely manager of Prezzo in BSE where all customers are treated like celebs. And no he didn't pay me to say that grin.

Dawndonnaagain Sun 16-Mar-14 16:42:07

Prof Apparently his children attend an independent school across the border.

ProfYaffle Sun 16-Mar-14 17:02:26

The looky likey? wink

LESuffolk Sun 16-Mar-14 17:04:05

Johnny Depps children attend school in France where his ex wife Vanessa Paradis lives.

LottieJenkins Sun 16-Mar-14 17:07:29

There was a JD lookalike in Fram a couple of years ago. The real JD ate in one of the Stradbroke pubs a few years ago. The landlady sold the story to ALL of the papers........ which meant he never came back which meant she got lots of trade! Amanda Donahoe lives(d) in Strad and used to travel to our village to use the Co-op. I am friends with a now divorced couple who live nearby and used to be in Soldier Soldier. DS2 has additional needs and when he was small a lot of people wouldn't have him at their parties. R&R were wonderful and used to ask him to their children's parties. They were also very kind and wrote to me when my father died. Nigel Davenport lived nearby when I was small and I used to play (though can't remember) with Jack Davenport while our parents drunk in The Low House! grin

LESuffolk Sun 16-Mar-14 17:10:34

What kind of person doesn't have a child at their parties because he has additional needs? The mind boggles Lottie and I am sorry you experienced that. Even if sometimes a child's behaviour is noisier or less predictable than a person is used to, where has the milk of human kindness gone?


No one famous lies near me AFAIK
but then I'm old and not very up to date so i could be living in the same village as some pop star and I wouldn't know!

I did win a prize at the local fete a few years ago and it was presented by Jimmy dough docher the one with the farm.

LottieJenkins Sun 16-Mar-14 17:18:38

LESuffolk It was quite a few years ago. I thankfully had a handful of friends who were very kind. DS2 didn't understand all the presents weren't his and wanted to undo them. The husband of the SS had a very unique of distracting DS2.......... he used to stick him under his arm and charge round shouting and pretending DS2 was a battering ram which produced shrieks of joy from him! DS2 once saw him on Heartbeat at school and rushed out of the tv room and grabbed his housemother and told her his friend "Rub" was on the telly! (he couldn't say his name properly!!)

RuddyDuck Sun 16-Mar-14 17:23:37

LESuffolk I have no idea who Mark Wright is, but the head waiter in Prezzo, BSE, called Kevin, is amazing. Was it him who refused to move you? good for him or his colleague.

I do think Prezzo in BSE is a lovely building. We took friends from Oz there last year and they couldn't believe they were eating in a "chain" restaurant in a 400 year old building. They also couldn't believe the size of the Nutshell pub!

ProfYaffle Sun 16-Mar-14 17:24:49

Ah, yes, Fram I remember now. Our resident celebrity always used to be Rick Wakeman, he turned up everywhere, post office queue, tea shop, switching on the Xmas lights etc. I haven't seen him for ages though so maybe he moved.

Richard Mabey seems to have stepped into his shoes now though I was very disappointed to spot him shopping in Morrisons. Bob Flowerdew asked if he could nab our table at the cafe in Dunwich when we were leaving.

LottieJenkins Sun 16-Mar-14 17:25:26

Mark Wright!

LottieJenkins Sun 16-Mar-14 17:26:50

Rick Wakeman lives at Scole and walked past me on the platform at Diss recently!

ProfYaffle Sun 16-Mar-14 17:27:39

He's still here then!

LESuffolk Sun 16-Mar-14 17:34:43

Ruddy No it was the manager as they insisted upon speaking to the manager but you are right, Kevin is lovely, all the staff were lovely and the building is beautiful- you are right and we are very lucky to dine in such surroundings.

I had the prawn and lobster pizza and Gelupo ice cream in a brioche <rolls eyes with pleasure>

I was pleasantly surprised with Prezzo. Not often I find myself in a chain restaurant with so many delicious sounding options on the menu.

I love Richard Mabey's books. <Bit jealous of that celeb sighting>

Lottie Thank goodness for good friends. They sound very cool.

LottieJenkins Sun 16-Mar-14 17:35:48

LESuffolk. I am messaging you.

SuffolkNWhat Sun 16-Mar-14 17:38:35

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

LottieJenkins Sun 16-Mar-14 17:40:42

Oh and that BBC Politics guy who's name I cant remember lives at Orford as does Ruth Watson!

outtolunchagain Sun 16-Mar-14 17:52:02

Nick Robinson lives in Orford.

MrsDeVere Sun 16-Mar-14 17:56:12

I am missing Suffolk dreadfully and can't wait to see it again sad

I didn't have much chance to explore last year but I am aiming to do a lot more looking round this season.

I have a darling static caravan at Kessingland so any tips for interesting (and accessible if possible) places welcome.
Also anywhere I can sneak off and get my sewing/haberdashery/vintage(but not twee) fix would be great.

I can always pretend I am off to Asda and take a detour grin

petalpower Sun 16-Mar-14 18:00:37

Mitchy - I have solved the police station question! I've just been into Debenham to take my recycling to the leisure centre (rock and roll lifestyle alert!) and came back by the new vets. The police station seems to have been squished into the side of the fire station. It's tiny but there's still one there.

LottieJenkins Sun 16-Mar-14 18:03:42

MrsDV If you come and see me I can take you to the fabric shop in Eye.............. It is wonderful!!!! smile

MrsDeVere Sun 16-Mar-14 18:05:50

Okdokey. We will arrange it for the summer :D

LESuffolk Sun 16-Mar-14 18:05:57

We have stayed a few times at Ruth Watsons place - the Crown & Castle. Loved it although I was dreadfully concerned about the very still cat curled up on the chair blush until I was enlightened.

MrsDeVere I am trying to get as many places listed as I can and will keep an eye out for things to do nearby your caravan. I also run the Norfolk local site which might also be of interest to you although have only been running it for three or so weeks and so it isn't as full of listings.

I have some sewing places listed in Felixstowe and other towns and they do post but might be a bit far away. Bury has a lovely independent sewing shop in St Johns St too.

LESuffolk Sun 16-Mar-14 18:06:51


I need to get that shop listed. Do you have the name? I so need the details of anything any of you think should be on the site. <begs>

LottieJenkins Sun 16-Mar-14 18:09:30

Fabric Shop Eye
and Yay!!!!!!! at MrsDV......................... grin

LESuffolk Sun 16-Mar-14 18:13:26

Thanks - will get that listed asap.

LESuffolk Sun 16-Mar-14 18:17:49

Here are all the craft shops I have listed in Suffolk. Let me know if there are any I have missed.

thanksamillion Sun 16-Mar-14 18:37:11

I think you'd be hard pushed to find a building in BSE that isn't old and beautiful Suffolk !

The Weatherspoons is in the Corn Exchange isn't it? We had many a 6th form ball there... (pre Weatherspoon days obviously)

TheOnlySeven Sun 16-Mar-14 18:47:46

There's a wonderful wool shop in Beccles and the staff are so knowledgable and great for knitting advice. I can't remember the name but it's on Station Road <helpful>

LESuffolk Sun 16-Mar-14 18:53:07


Yes Bury is one of the many towns where it pays to look up beyond the shop front. WH Smiths is a good example of this- superb mouldings on the upper floors. I enjoy wandering around the streets looking at the buildings and trying to place where long gone premises were. Did you know that there used to be four (I believe) gaols in the town centre alone?

I remember the balls at the Corn Exchange and when Bury had a Sainsbury's on market hill/Buttermarket. The balls are held at the Athaneum now. Every early Summer the Angel Hill is filled with excited kids dressed up- slightly bashful when they see eachother all dressed up. There is something so touching about the adolescent boys in their tuxedo's that makes me feel quite emotional. They look so vulnerable.

LESuffolk Sun 16-Mar-14 18:53:30

Thanks Theonly I will look it up and list it tomorrow.

LESuffolk Sun 16-Mar-14 18:59:53

Here's a Saxstead sunset courtesy of @windmilllodges on Twitter.

Thought you might all enjoy it. I am off to watch the Space Station programme but have really loved this thread and reading the comments. Will be back later but didn't want to just disappear (appearing rude smile).

ImpOfDarkness Sun 16-Mar-14 19:16:07

I still have no idea who Mark Wright is when he's at home...

outtolunchagain Sun 16-Mar-14 19:21:21

Mrsdevere, try Twist in Woodbridge for yarn, Halfpenny Home is good at Needham Market,also there is a blog called Love Lemon which lists local vintage shops , Jenny Wren in St Peters street in Ipswich is yarn and vintage

Vole3 Sun 16-Mar-14 19:25:05

Lovely day spent at Dunwich today

Dawndonnaagain Sun 16-Mar-14 19:25:52

Another fabric shop
Lots of nice stuff for quilters and friendly, too.

Vole3 Sun 16-Mar-14 19:26:42

Trifling bit of lunch at The Coastguard Cottages, Dunwich

AlexTurnersmicropone Sun 16-Mar-14 19:28:20

So excited to see this thread, I'm born, bred and live in Suffolk, just outside Ipswich now but grew up near Hadleigh, my family have farmed and milled here since time began I think.

I also had grandparents in Framlingham so knew that area pretty well also.

Vole3 Sun 16-Mar-14 19:30:17

Mrs DV, there are a couple of shops in Beccles.
The wool shop is opposite the Public Hall and the sewing one nearer to the library. The latter is owned by a family who are slightly Royston Vasey type 'local people', but helpful and knowledgeable.

SuffolkNWhat Sun 16-Mar-14 19:31:59

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

sunshinemmum Sun 16-Mar-14 19:37:10

Lurking as we are coming to visit you for the first time really soon grin

mymatemax Sun 16-Mar-14 20:23:16

Have a look at Carolyns in Leiston for wool etc. A great little shop run by a lovely family.

NancyinCali Sun 16-Mar-14 20:24:08

I was in The Fabric Shop in Eye yesterday as I needed to swap a zip which was 1" too long. When I said it was for jeans, Julie got the special jeans zips out from behind the counter & found the right size & colour. It was 10p more, but she wouldn't take the extra, bless her. That's why I love living in Suffolk!

Yes are on tour at the moment, I suspect that's why we haven't seen Rick Wakeman around for a while.

MrsDeVere Sun 16-Mar-14 22:10:00

Thank you SO much everyone.
You are so kind.

I am getting even more excited about seeing my van again. Hopefully it will be in one piece. Poor thing has had to put up with a lot this winter.

I already have my spare sewing machine down there so it will be nice to be able to go and get stuff and not have to bring it down from London.

The kids LOVE it down there. The poor little urban wretches get to go semi feral and it does them the world of good. Little dog no 1 loses his winter fat and little dog 2 learns how to behave on long walks.

OH gets to have a nice rest and I get to go and look at the sea whenever I want.


mymatemax Sun 16-Mar-14 22:23:44

itfcbabe I recon I might know you, have been going in the white hart in Aldeburgh for the last 25 years ;)

LESuffolk Mon 17-Mar-14 09:19:21

Wow- loads to list there. Thanks so much! flowers

Dawndonnaagain Tue 18-Mar-14 15:08:15

There is a picture of my uncle (by marriage) in the White Hart. It would seem likely that you must have known him.

mymatemax Wed 19-Mar-14 19:54:49

Really Dawn, I'm intrigued now.. Is he an old landlord?

Dawndonnaagain Wed 19-Mar-14 20:33:56

No, an old sailor, died a few years ago. Initials are J. H.

mymatemax Wed 19-Mar-14 23:07:54

me & dh are trying to think who it could be, lots of old sailors in there but to have his picture he must've been a regular.
We have a good excuse to go for a drink tomorrow smile
Will report back!

Dawndonnaagain Thu 20-Mar-14 08:23:16

See, a Suffolk mystery, we have it all, even an excuse to go to the pub! grin

CatherineMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 25-Mar-14 20:15:55

Hi OP, would you mind if we moved your thread to the Suffolk talk board?

Mitchy1nge Wed 26-Mar-14 07:28:06

smile that's a great idea

LottieJenkins Wed 26-Mar-14 07:44:17

My Great-Aunt who died aged 106 could remember the Peasenhall Murder happening! She used to talk about it vividly. We often drive past Providence House and I look at Rose's bedroom window and imagine the candle burning there!
Peasenhall Murder

Mitchy1nge Wed 26-Mar-14 09:06:17

that's fascinating, never heard of the peasenhall murder before

so how was he tried twice, we had double jeopardy until recently?

Mitchy1nge Wed 26-Mar-14 09:08:10

oh I see, I should have read the whole wikipedia thing

Kudzugirl Wed 26-Mar-14 09:10:41

That is fascinating Lottie. Normally all you hear about is the Red Barn Murder yet this is just as interesting, if not more.

Naice ham in Peasenhall too. By Emmetts and you can go watch them make it.

Mitchy1nge Wed 26-Mar-14 09:19:05

did the police really think she stabbed herself to death? it doesn't sound like the most plausible line of enquiry

Kudzugirl Wed 26-Mar-14 09:21:54

Nowadays forensics would be able to tell whether this was possible. People do stab themselves but it is apparent when this is the case.

They think it was the jealous wife. That poor servant girl.

Mitchy1nge Wed 26-Mar-14 09:25:52

why don't they think it was the man, he had the most to lose and men are more stabby generally

women prefer to use poison in books anyway

Kudzugirl Wed 26-Mar-14 09:30:29

I'm not sure but am curious enough to go and have a dig around. The Suffolk records office is a great place to research stuff like this alongside the more usual online sources.

Mitchy1nge Wed 26-Mar-14 09:41:46

oh please keep us posted, it would be interesting to know if the Gardiners went on to inseminate and murder any other young women anywhere

LottieJenkins Wed 26-Mar-14 09:48:08

About twenty years ago late DH and I went and found RH's grave in Peasenhall cemetery.

Mitchy1nge Wed 26-Mar-14 09:53:43

poor Rose and her baby sad

if you scroll >>> and down there is some stuff about the trials from 1903

it just seems so much more likely to be the pervy preacher, people just felt sorry for him

LottieJenkins Wed 26-Mar-14 09:55:53

My Great Aunt told me that there was a terrific thunderstorm on the night of the murder. GA was very outspoken and told me that she "didn't like those Harsent women, they were all fast pieces!!!!"

Kudzugirl Wed 26-Mar-14 10:01:54

Love that term <fast pieces>

It still has legs!

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 26-Mar-14 10:58:09


Thanky Mitchy - we've moved this to Suffolk now.

ProfYaffle Thu 27-Mar-14 09:40:35

I hope that a) everyone can actually read this and b) someone notices that I've posted!

Found this funny little snippet about the Peasenhall murder, seems the Great Yarmouth House of Wax nearly got charged with contempt of court!

Mignonette Thu 27-Mar-14 10:32:16

That is really interesting ProfYaffle. It would be subjudice prejudicial wouldn't it especially as such a depiction then would (I imagine) make more impression on public opinion?

I can imagine that such things had more impact then than now with our saturated media and multitude of sources/opinions available to us.

Where did you come across it?

ProfYaffle Thu 27-Mar-14 14:45:15

It was on the newspaper database on findmypast.co.uk, I'm somewhat addicted to family/local history and it's a really useful tool. Shame the house of wax is no longer with us, I loved it.

Mignonette Thu 27-Mar-14 14:48:24

I'm going to spend FAR too much time on that site now wink.

ProfYaffle Thu 27-Mar-14 15:44:06


LottieJenkins Thu 27-Mar-14 17:43:02

Drove through Peasenhall and past Providence House today.

ProfYaffle Fri 28-Mar-14 06:25:41

I was trying to figure out which one is Providence House on street view, I think I've found it (is it now divided into 3 houses?) but one end of it is blurred out. I was wondering if it's to with it being a 'notorious' house.

LottieJenkins Fri 28-Mar-14 07:03:22

ProfYaffle If you are driving from Yoxford into Peasenhall you drive up the main street, Emmets is on the right and there is a turning to the left to Saxmundham. As you turn left PH is the first house on the right on the corner opposite Emmets. Hope that makes sense!!! As far as I know it is one house!

ProfYaffle Fri 28-Mar-14 08:04:16

That sounds like the same one I think. If you look on street view it's pink, then blue, then blurred out? When you say opposite Emmets, do you mean diagonally opposite?

LottieJenkins Fri 28-Mar-14 09:08:17

Not sure about diagonally opposite as I am dyspraxic!!! sad

ProfYaffle Fri 28-Mar-14 10:09:01

This one?? (think it's easier with photos!) grin

LottieJenkins Fri 28-Mar-14 10:41:30

It's the pink one at the front of the picture. Rose's window was the one at the top!

ProfYaffle Fri 28-Mar-14 11:18:28

Phew - got there in the end!

Mignonette Mon 31-Mar-14 08:16:00

I am going to go to Peasenhall and have a look around thanks to this thread.

Can anybody recommend some good shops to look around in the nearby villages? I know the naice ham shop and the gorgeous Yoxford bookshop <swoon>.

LottieJenkins Mon 31-Mar-14 09:24:21

The Bookshop looked a lot more like antique shop last time I went past!

LESuffolk&Norfolk Mon 31-Mar-14 10:34:29

Hi Lottie

it is depressing listing bookshops in Suffolk because it is so apparent just how many are gone sad. I remember when Sudbury had several in one little road.

I went to the Yoxford book hall earlier this Spring and it was rammed with books. I haven't been recently (last few weeks) though and so hope it hasn't closed/changed.

ImpOfDarkness Mon 31-Mar-14 17:20:50

If you're down that way you absolutely have to go to Chapel Books in Westleton. Magic.

LESuffolk&Norfolk Mon 31-Mar-14 19:18:21

I don't think I have listed that shop Imp Thanks flowers

<goes off to check>

LESuffolk&Norfolk Mon 31-Mar-14 19:19:45

Yes I do have it and muddled the location up with Yoxford. That was the book shop I meant.

LottieJenkins Mon 31-Mar-14 19:49:52

There is an excellent second hand bookshop in Framlingham. My friend Jim used to own the one in Halesworth but sold it recently and it appears now to be rather overcrowded and higgedlypiggedly. He kept it so beautifully!

Mignonette Mon 31-Mar-14 19:51:32

It is so sad how bookshops have declined. If only we had a crystal ball twenty years ago sad

LESuffolk&Norfolk Fri 11-Jul-14 16:44:51

I went to framlingham Lottie and it is beautiful! We stayed at Sweffling and feasted on pork loin from the local butchers in Fram. Gorgeous market, great Sue Ryder shop where I found two leather bags for a few pounds and armloads of books! We're staying at the campsite behind the White Horse- Alde Gardens soon because we have to come back- it was paradise.

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