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Last Wednesday was the twelfth anniversary of moving into our current home, my how time flies!! To celebrate this we decide to leave it on its own and go out for the day.

We chose to go to Southwold, one of our favourite coastal resorts. The weather forecast was good so we left home around 9am after everybody was at school and work leaving us a clear run.

Its a fairly direct easterly route, the first half of which is on dual carriageways until we turn off onto country roads for the last 20 miles or so.

On arrival we found somewhere free to park and set off to walk along by the beach, taking a small detour into town to check out the shops, buy a coffee and then a meal deal at Tescos for the princely sum of three pounds each.  This provides two fresh made sandwiches from a huge selection, a packet of crisps or some other snack and a bottle of drink.

We found a spot sheltered from the wind along the back of the beach to consume our picnic.  Suitably nourished we walked further along the beach to the harbour which is a river estuary and quite remote from the town.  Its a very quaint old ramshackle area with lots of old fishermanshuts and chandleries.  I love it.

General view of harbour

General view of harbour

One of the fisherman’s buildings has been converted into a fresh fish shop and restaurant.  They let us buy some nice fresh skate wings at £12 for 3lbs of wings for which we got 7 wings.  The fishermen sealed the bag and included a bag of ice to keep them fresh for the journey home.

Fish Shop

Fish Shop

A flurry of gulls near the shop, can't imagine why ??

A flurry of gulls over the ‘road’ from the shop, can’t imagine why ??

We couldn’t have done that walk last year because of the problems with Jan’s hip but now thats been thrown away and she has a brand new she has a new lease of life.  We came back on a path around the back of the beach and into town again for a last view of the lighthouse before we got back to the car and out journey home.  Our house was pleased to see us on our return from celebrating its big day.

Southwolds famous inshore lighthouse

Southwold is well known for its inshore lighthouse.