I spent last weekend somewhere I’ve never been before, Suffolk.
On the East Coast of England, just a couple of hours outside of London.
We were offered a cottage for the weekend on the rather marvellous sounding Wilderness Reserve, a 5000 acre estate peppered with farm houses and cottages for guests.
Naturally my fella and I jumped at the chance and we took my parents along too.
Arriving late on Friday, after a long lazy supper, a great deal of wine and a raucous game of Heads Up we all tumbled into bed and slept like logs.
Waking with the sunshine and making the very most of having baths at the end of our beds…
Everyone padded downstairs for a leisurely breakfast.
And a walk around the garden, in the gorgeous morning light.
Keen to explore Suffolk we set off in search of the coast.
Weaving through winding lanes, through a wonderland of flaming orange countryside.
We didn’t pass a single house we wouldn’t have happily moved into.
We heard the beach shortly before reaching it, announced by the unmistakable screech of gulls overhead.
Wrapped up warm we took a stroll along Aldeburgh beach, sinking into the pebbles with every step… much to Mr Custard’s annoyance.
Oversized scarf scarf (11 colours!)
Camel striped coat (UK/US – 25% off with code : BLACKFRIDAY25)
Jeans // Red wellies (on sale)
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Dad’s scarf // Cap // Jumper
Striped shirt // Jeans
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We walked the length of the beach, skimming stones and catching up as we went.
Someone went swimming, then regretted it.
Botticelli met his match…
And we visit the strange and wonderful town of Thorpeness.
Which feels incredibly Dutch, for obvious reasons.
Before seeking out lunch back in Aldeburgh.
Which is delightful.
We picked up a few bags of fish’n’chips from the famous Aldeburgh Fish and Chip Shop and had them on the beach.
Silver May bangles // Rose sparkler
Finishing up with one last mooch around the town, partly to do a little shopping but mostly to warm up very cold bottoms.
Before setting sail back to The Reserve, and our very own Moat Cottage.
Where it didn’t take long for this lot to disappear…
And while mum and dad snoozed beside the fire, we went out to enjoy the hottub.
Off the shoulder swimsuit
We watched the sun set, turning the sky pinker and pinker until we were plunged into the sort of darkness only proper countryside can muster.
Then it was just us, the candles and the stars flickering into life one by one.
Turns out you don’t have to go far from home to reconnect with the world and all its beauty. In fact, we’ve got a pretty nice slice of it on this funny little island we call home!
I look forward to exploring more of it.
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