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" A short Suffolk Holiday "

Date & start time: Friday 19th / Saturday 20th August 2011.

Location of Start : Loweswater , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 143 211 )

Places visited : Loweswater, Castle Bytham, Peterborough and Pin Mill.

Walk details : Two local walks, one in the morning, one later in the late afternoon.

Walked with : Angie and Bailey, Ann and our dogs, Harry and Bethan,

Later in the afternoon : Cathy and the boys with their dogs Saffie and Theo.

Weather : Overcast, clearing on the East Coast later in the day.


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We leave Cumbria and travel down to Suffolk for a few days holiday with the family.

On the way Ann and I stop off and visit Angie and David overnight at their home near Stamford.

They have organised to meet up with Sherran and Bill for a meal at a local pub that evening.

The Lincolnshire Dining Section of the Online Fellwalking Club.

Just to show that we can smarten up when we try !

Saturday morning in Angie's "back garden" we prepare for a local walk.

She and David live in the rolling Lincolnshire countryside in a house on the ancient Holywell Estate.

The farmer keeps a large flock of what look like Derbyshires (a crossbreed between Leicesters and Black Face Hill Sheep).

They walk over to see our two sheep . . . I mean our sheep-look-alike golden retrievers.

Back home in Cumbria we often find that our dogs attract rather than scare the sheep and the ones here in Lincolnshire were no different.

The Holywell Estate has two large lakes, both of which are now ornamental but appear at one time to serve an old mill near the farm.

It now forms a wonderful wetland reserve for large numbers of ducks, geese, white and even some black swans.

The top lake has a fair amount of water weed growth but is still very attractive.

Having crossed on the road bridge between the two lakes and hence walked around the first one, we walk back towards the house.

This lake has been recently dredged of silt and is starting to regain its former natural look.

The water looks clear and we can look down and see the newly deepened sandy/muddy clay base of the lake.

Click here or on the photo above for a larger Loweswatercam 180 degree panorama.

Angie and Ann stop by the outflow to enjoy the view.

Bailey on the lead due to being next to the road and to the lake.

A short time later and we are back at Angie and David's home.

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At midday we say our goodbyes and travel the short distance down the A1 to Peterborough where we meet up with our daughter.

She shares a house with a friend and we join them for tea and cakes . . . yes !

Knowing my interest in gardening she took us round to the local allotment

to a plot that she and her friends all work on.

No work for them today however

just an opportunity to check out the plot and to collect a few vegetables for the table.

Rows of tomatoes growing well on this light soil despite the dry spring and summer here in Peterborough.

A good crop of tomatoes to share.

Yellow courgettes and a rather nice corn on the cob still in it's husk.

The allotment has a large patch of gourds and squashes

and this was one of a number of fine pumpkins.

Harry and Bethan were kept safely out of the way on the path so as not to trample Jenna's (or anyone else's) allotment.

The season and the state of their allotment

is far in advance of my meager efforts in the garden.


I've spent a lot of time this year building my greenhouse

in order to extend the growing season in Cumbria in years to come.

Down here it seems Jenna has no need of such a facility.


The girls have put a lot more effort into their plot

than I have been able to put into

my small garden this year.

Full marks to them !

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Time to move on as we are expected in Pin Mill this evening.


We say our goodbyes and travel south and east

to our elder daughter's house at Pin Mill.


We're down alongside the Orwell River, close to the sea.

Pin Mill is famous as a river port and also has not one but two

boat building yards, Webb's and King's.


Cathy and Richard own a cottage (but not No.2)

in one of the older group of houses that back onto King's boat yard.


Why the photo of No. 2 ?

Well . . . I liked the look of the blue plaque and the red roses !


It's a beautiful evening and the tide is rising slowly in the river.

This is the river front, with it's classic boats . . . and the Butt and Oyster Pub at the head of the slip.

Click here or on the photo above for a larger Loweswatercam 180 degree panorama

After unpacking and chatting to Cathy and the boys we take a walk out before dinner.

The tide is further in now and the barges almost afloat.

The pub is doing good business as most of the outside tables are taken.

A green hulled barge by the hard is new to us this year.
Webb's boat yard mobile crane "Mr Lifter"

On the harbour wall, a local map and information board.

We take a stroll towards Wolverston.

There are plenty of sailing boats moored up in the river along the way.

Looking back at Pin Mill from the woods.

A beautiful evening but it appears the Lifeboat has been out on a rescue mission.

He seems to be towing a motor cruiser close alongside.

Back at the Boatyard Cottages we watch a large freighter moving up-river heading for Ipswich

as we walk through the archway and in for supper.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon 75 or my Canon G10 digital camera.

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