• Apricot and ginger cake

    The preparations for Christmas are always exciting and we came up to the cottage to put up the tree and the  decorations and prepare the cottage for Christmas and New Year guests. The village is quiet but expectant and it’s a good time to shop for presents and do some Christmas preparation.   I made

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  • Walk on Dunwich Heath

    Dunwich Heath and Beach is owned by the National Trust and is an area of coastal lowland heath, with the gorse and heather stunning from July  to September. Our tried and tested walk starts by going west from the car park across the heath, loops round southwards past the Eels Foot Inn and Eastbridge, skirts the RSPB Minsmere reserve to

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  • Walk to Butley and Chillesford

    From Orford Quay, the path runs down by the side of the Alde estuary for a mile before  turning right and going inland across the fields to the Gedgrave Rd. From there, it carries straight on, past the Pinneys Smokehouses until it arrives at Butley Creek and  the Butley Ferry. There is a saucepan to bang to gain the

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  • Walk in Captain’s Wood

    Sometimes you go out for a walk and the weather seems ominous. But you go regardless. Storm clouds were gathering as we arrived at Captain’s Wood. It’s a nature reserve run by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust and the woodland dates back to the Middle Ages. There are ancient trees, oak, birch, hazel, clumps of mature Scots pine and

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  • Pork, apple and potatoes

    The apple tree in the garden gives me endless pleasure. I love looking at how it changes for month to month and at the moment, it is still in leaf and festooned with fruit.  The butcher in the village sells Blythburgh free range pork which all comes from a farm near Blythburgh.  The pigs are born outside and

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