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" A New Year Start in Pin Mill "

Date & start time:    Tues/Wed, 1st/2nd January, 2019.

Location :                  A visit to Pin Mill near Ipswich, Suffolk, UK.   ( TM 205 380 )

Places visited :         A short walk on the first day from Pin Mill to Chelmondiston Village.

Walk details :             2 miles, 100 feet of ascent, approx 1 hour.

High point :                Visiting family and walking in a different area.

Walked with :             Catherine, Ann and our dogs Boris, Bilbo, Dylan and Dougal.

Weather :                    A rather grey start but improving to sunshine as the day progressed.

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After Christmas and New Year's Eve at home we travel down to Suffolk

to stay for a few days with our daughter Cathy and three of our four Pin Mill grandsons.

  The rather overcast Christmas weather improved as we enjoy a few days down by the River Orwell.

"Please don't forget to bring your tool kit Dad, I've got a list of jobs that need doing" someone was heard to say before we left !


Two pictures to set the scene . . .

Cathy, Sam at the back, Alexander then Matt on the right.

( Ann and I in between them)

( photo by the Butt and Oyster staff, with thanks)

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An unusual view of the Butt and Oyster Pub as we arrived at the village on Tuesday evening.

Our arrival was well timed as the tide was high and the road to Cathy's house was nearly cut off by the water.

I took a stroll back to photograph the pub.  I was sober . . .

but the Butt and Oyster "beer garden" has a marquee over it which was looking decidedly drunk due to the sloping nature of the ground.

The following day and a more recognisable picture of the water front with the tide out . . . and the marquee on the back of the lorry.

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A leisurely morning but still time for a local walk to stretch our legs.

The gate to the Sailing Club on the water's edge . . . as we start our walk.

Rather than follow the River Orwell coastal path we take the track up the slope away from the river.

Across the way are the yachts that have been laid up in the boatyard.

Despite being mid-winter the weather has been extremely mild and it looks more like Spring today.

The path developed into a lane which takes us up

to the main road that we drove along last night.

It looks almost like Ann is breaking the speed limit !

The road leads into the village of Chelmondiston

with its red brick houses and War Memorial.

The Red Lion Pub in the village as Ann, Catherine and the dogs pass by on the other side.

It is much too early to cross over the road !

Hollingsworth . . . Purveyors of fine food . . . one of the two main shops in the village . . . love the old Land Rover.

Pin Mill forms the lower part of this village so we turn down one of the side roads, back towards the river.

Chelmondiston Church through the lychgate.
The path down towards the boatyard with the tall yacht masts ahead.

The marshland next to the valley path leading down to the waterfront.

On well-drained and possibly reclaimed land is this rather nice pink house.

Likewise the Village Green sits above the level of the two streams that flow out of the marsh.

The grassy play area is bordered by frames to store the numerous small boats which act as tenders to the larger yachts.

Back down at the sea front by the pub.

The streams have combined but have been contained by the dwarf wall that leads down past the pub.

The flowing water serves to keep the sea access clear of mud for small boats and tenders wanting to land at the slipway.

History abounds with two classic East Coast boatyards still working here in the village.

Some of the seemingly rejected anchors still serve their original purpose of holding the mooring ropes for the larger boats.

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After a pleasant walk and a chat with Catherine it was time to head back for lunch

and afterwards start on that list of jobs !

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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Panasonic Lumix TZ60, or my Panasonic Lumix Gx8 Camera.

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