Summer in Suffolk

Saturday 15 July 2017

After getting back from Canada and dealing with my first ever bout of jet lag combined with London's sticky hot weather and research fatigue, a couple of days of sea air were exactly the right remedy to blow out some of the cobwebs. Our destination was the pretty town of Aldeburgh, Suffolk. We arrived in the morning - with a detour via the shop at Alder Carr Farm to pick up a pint of home made damson plum ice cream - and after breakfast we headed straight out for a walk across the flats to the beach. Last time we took Angel to the beach was her first ever visit and she wasn't off the lead yet, but this time she had a blast fighting the waves, chasing pebbles and being stopped from drinking salt water. We took a walk along the coast and then back through the town, where Angel had her first doggy ice cream cone (in one bite), and headed back to the cottage to relax before dinner at The Lighthouse. Aldeburgh is beautiful, full of grand period houses and cute pastel coloured cottages. It's also very dog friendly - nearly every shop has a bowl of water outside, there's plenty of pubs and restaurants which allow dogs in their outdoor areas (including The Lighthouse) and whilst the beach in front of the town is dog free May-September, they're allowed on the beaches either side as well as the main promenade. On the next morning's itinerary was a visit to Southwold, another pretty town with sandy beaches and a lighthouse; but on arrival we were foiled by a giant storm which put our thunder-terrified dog straight into meltdown mode. We cheered ourselves up on our escape by stopping off for strawberries from a local farm to eat with my homemade brownies and damson ice cream for lunch. The three of us were pretty sad when the time came to pack up the car and head back to London!

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