At the Waterfront

The town of Ipswich has an improving reputation as a place to be.  Having lived in the English county of Suffolk for almost ten years, I still find myself surprised by people’s reaction to Ipswich.  No sooner than I mention the name of the town, than the response is an almost automatic “Oh, but it’s […]

Read More…

Why I Will Vote ‘Remain’

I need not describe how very troubled our world is, today. Humans seem intent on killing, torture and enslaving while our planet is suffering from the effects of climate change and our exploitation of nature. In Europe, including in the UK, people are weary of war. The scars of the two World Wars still resonate […]

Read More…

Pretty in Pink

As I’ve described in earlier Blog posts this year, Spring appeared with a burst of golden yellows in our cottage garden; the Forsythia and Daffodils and these were followed by the white blossom of the Japanese Shirota and Cherry Trees; the latter offering a subtlety of the palest pink, upon closer inspection. Now, the advent […]

Read More…

Idols of the Manor

I fully expected that I would have to take off my boots.  As we did so, taking the lead from our friends, my Partner and I managed to cram our boots into the small racks that had been set up outside the entrance to the Manor.  I felt sure that I would not find my […]

Read More…

Plant Pharmacy for Natural Remedies

I tend to choose coffee as my preferred option in the early part of the day.  I guess the kick-start that the caffeine hit offers is just what I need early in the day.  I am more of a ‘Night Owl’ and so I tend to find mornings more difficult.  Certainly, chronic illness has a […]

Read More…

A Swash-Buckling Day

It’s that time of year when people across this nation get excited about festivals.  Across the UK, people have started preparing for, or attending, the many festivals that sparkle throughout these islands.  I live in beautiful England and already my own village, in the picturesque county of Suffolk, has held a Flower Festival in our […]

Read More…