As you will know dear reader the Mister and I sojourned in Suffolk this time last week to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I love getting away for a few days. Hopefully, but not always, enjoying the comforts of a luxury hotel and usually seeing some new places and generally making merry.
The first night we stayed with some friends, a lovely couple who live in the most amazing converted barn which is smack bang in the middle of golden fields. We think they live the perfect lifestyle. They are an example of where we would like to be in a few years. Not geographically you understand but with their independent and ecologically sound way of life.
My friend Irena Sibrijns is a potter and she has a studio just across the courtyard from the barn where she and her husband live. She works hard to produce beautiful hand crafted pieces that are painted with the most striking and joyful designs.
She is part of a craft collective that has a super shop in Southwold. So if you ever venture that way and are looking for something special do pop into Craftco.
The picture below is unfortunately not where we stayed on our second night in Suffolk. But it is a rather grand but crumbling Tudor moated mansion we visited on our second day there. As stately homes go it has all the obvious ingredients, but what made the visit special was the fact we seemed to be visiting almost entirely on our own.
We paid our entry fee and the only other people we saw were a couple who were exiting as we went through the front door. The rooms and gardens were devoid of visitors and stewards. We wandered through at our own pace and looked into every nook and cranny and had the most delightful time. I took LOTS of pictures so I will post a few more next time, (don't want you to nod off in the heat).
|Pied Piper Topiary.|
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