So, in my last blog post I mentioned I had been on holiday. Mister 'Whatlisawrote' and I accompanied his family on a week long trip to Suffolk. I really needed a break after being ill and really busy with work so I was looking forward to some R&R!!
We started off in Snape Maltings, near Aldeburgh....
At full industrial use Snape Maltings was one of the largest flat floor maltings in the country. In 1965, after 120 years, the malting of barley ceased and George Gooderham bought the Maltings and began the gradual conversion of the Victorian buildings.
The first major development was the Concert Hall, part built by Benjamin Britten. This move towards visitors to the Maltings inspired a retail concept. The Craft Shop opened in 1971 bringing together a variety of locally made art and crafts. Over 40 years Snape Maltings has developed a range of offerings, and revitalised the old granaries.
I found a bizarre tin with poodles on in an antiques shop there.
I love the one on the right's deranged face.
We then headed to Aldeburgh for a lovely stroll in the sun on the pebbled beach.
We had plenty of photo opps at the Scallop, a sculpture by Maggie Hambling.
And stopped off for some delicious fish and chips.
This amused me when read out of context.
This place made me laugh too.
Later on that afternoon we arrived at the house we would be staying at for the week. It was fantastic, we ran around exploring all the rooms like kids in a toy store.
There was even a hot tub!
We picked our room and settled in quickly.
A good first day?
Someone thinks so!
The rest of our time there was spent relaxing, and keeping ourselves entertained with the many activities on offer at the house.
We mostly had plenty of sun, even though it was frrrrrrreezing. I still braved the chill for breakfast on the terrace though....
There was table tennis....
A pool table....
And our very own bar!
We had a few drinks and played pool a LOT.
We didn't just play games at the fabulous house all week though, we made plenty of day trips out and about.
As usual these trips involved finding some good places to eat/drink!
On our last day the weather was utterly miserable, so we drove to Norwich to do some shopping before heading home.
This also included a visit to the Colman's Mustard museum and shop.
I had such a wonderful time, was very sad to come home and back to reality.
If anyone wants to know where I stayed, details here. The place even has its own indoor swimming pool, bliss!