Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Southwold with Lindsey

Another place we visited as a family was Southwold, where my dear friend Lindsey lives.  We drove through the countryside to get there, including through the village of Framlingham, where you can see the Dutch influence on the landscape.

Framlingham windmill

Southwold pier - there were some big waves here today.

Southwold looking towards the lighthouse

The very interesting water clock on the pier at Southwold

Southwold is famous for its beach huts

Gun Hill - With Lindsey

Can you believe that these beach huts cost between 70 and 90,000 pounds. Crazy!

An almost empty beach at Southwold on a lovely (but windy) winter's day.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Coastal towns of Essex and Suffolk

The Customs House, Ipswich. Originally an Anglo Saxon settlement, Ipswich soon became known as an exporter of wool.

Neptune Quay in Ipswich. Essex

View across Ipswich Haven Marina

Mum - off for a coffee in Isaac's.

Woodbridge in Suffolk

The Tide Mill, Woodbridge

Suffolk skies

Sutton Hoo.  
The 7th century Sutton Hoo ship burial contained a wealth of Anglo Saxon artefacts - it's probably the most important archaeological site in England.

The Sutton Hoo helmet - found in the burial chamber

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Coastal towns of Norfolk

A little project I set myself for the Christmas and New Year period we were at Mum's was to get her out to visit some local places.  My focus this year was on the coastal towns of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.  We had (mostly) glorious weather for these trips.

The Customs House by the South Quay at Kings Lynn

The statue of George Vancouver, the explorer who charted the North American Pacific coast, and the old Custom's House dating from 1683. George Vancouver was born in Kings Lynn.

The Green Quay Warehouse in Kings Lynn.

Kings Lynn Minster

The Trinity Guildhall in Kings Lynn, now the Town Hall.

The old town gaol.

Hunstanton - on top of the cliffs.

Hunstanton lighthouse

Hunstanton in Norfolk - one of the nicest beaches in England.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas with the family

There are no words really that can describe how wonderful it is to have all 3 generations of the family together for Christmas.  I feel so blessed that my children get on so well together and that both are so caring of my mother.  Love!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Rooftop Bars

I have been checking out some rooftop bars in Mumbai.  Jenni and I tried the Terra Cafe at the Executive Enclave - at sunset on a Friday it was quiet and empty.

I tried Aer on the 34th Floor of the Four Seasons in Lower Parel on Monday.  There is a great view out over the sea and of Haji Ali.  It was a bit hazy, but still a good view of downtown Mumbai.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Gorgeous Goa

We went to Goa for the Thanksgiving weekend, right at the end of November.  We went almost as far south as you can go to Palolem - around an hour and a half's drive from the airport.  We stayed at Ciaran's which is right on the beach and is a real oasis of green.

The beach itself was often quite empty and blissfully quiet.  We spent a lot of our days simply wandering up and down it, stopping every so often for a cold coffee or for a happy hour cocktail.

One thing I remember about being in Goa from our first year in India is the sunsets - they were absolutely glorious.  The sunrises were pretty good too!

Goa was so colourful - in so many ways.  And such a short plane journey from Mumbai too.  We will be back!