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" Pin Mill - Wolverston Walk "

Date & start time:    Friday/Saturday   4th/5th January, 2019. 

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

Places visited :         Hall Point, The Butt and Oyster and home.

Walk details :             1.75 miles, negligible feet of ascent,  45 mins.

Highest point :          About ten feet above the high tide level of normal tides.

Walked with :             Ann and our dogs Dylan and Dougal.

Weather :                    Overcast, dull but but dry.

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As our family visit draws to a close, so did the fine weather.

Our last full day returned to the dull, overcast skies of the last few weeks

but there's no reason to crawl up in a ball and hibernate as there's work to be done and dogs to be walked.

The mild weather has allowed winter crops to germinate.
Nothing grows on the well trodden public footpath across the field.

Dylan in steady photographic mode . . . Dougal restless to be off exploring.

Ann's calming influence makes the trio easier to photograph.

The tide is low and the grey weather fails to brighten the scene.
Winter moorings with significantly less boats around at this time of year.

The Woolverstone Seahorse tree.

Behind it another supports a tree swing.
Hope you don't "tyre" of doggy photos.

With the Orwell Bridge in the distance we turn for home.

Back past the houseboat, heading home to our daughter's house.

The old houseboat barge here is now relegated to a pontoon and a new boat with better living accommodation is moored on the outer side.

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In the evening we all adjourned to the Butt and Oyster Inn for a family meal out.

Thanks to the waitress who took the photo and to whoever remembered to organise the photo before the plates were half empty.

Sam mid-mouthful enjoying his burger and a pint of Adnams Broadside.

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Afterwards the sociable evening continued with several games of Mahjong

For those not familiar with the Chinese game, think seven card rummy but with thirteen tiles.

There are four "suits" and you need to swap tiles in turn till you make four sets of three and a pair to win.

My hand looks a bit lacking in potential . . . good job we're not particularly scoring tonight !

Alexander takes control of the camera once more . . . first with a picture of his Mum concentrating on the game.

Sam in pensive mood . . .

Matt in conversation . . .

. . . to myself on the other side of the table.

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The garden transformed . . .  new decking, new shed, cut hedges, repaired pathways . . . all done by a commercial landscpe gardener before we arrived !

Our contributions this week were small in comparison but hopefully worthwhile.

I've been able to re-use some of the timber from the old shed, the remnants now in pieces at the back and waiting for a skip.

More will be re-cycled by Cathy and the boys hopefully to build simple terracing or raised beds on the allotment.

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Cathy is back to work and Alexander to school shortly.

For Sam and Matt, college awaits after their Christmas break.

My work tools are replaced in the tray,

the Man Box filled with all the odds and ends

and the car re-packed ready for our journey home.


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We hope you had a good Christmas / New Year break too, wherever you were.

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

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

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