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Updated: Aug 6, 2020

On one of the most beautiful days London had had in weeks, we packed our lunch and headed for Trafalgar Square. Here we had another great visit at The National Portrait Gallery, enjoyed some beautiful lunchtime classical music in St Martins-in-the-Field church, munched on our sandwiches in Trafalgar Square, in the sunshine perched on a low wall, and people-watched.

That was on 6 March and feels a lifetime ago now. Since then the world has gone mad and become very ill. I feel like my right arm has been cut off with the closure of all London museums, galleries, palaces and castles - as well as many gardens.

A few days later Richard, our neighbour, took us on an adventure to the beautiful Suffolk coast, driving the scenic route, stopping for coffee and pastries in a little village on the way. I had packed us lunch, making my own version of a Cornish pasty but these were quickly tossed back in the car as soon as Rory and Richard clapped eyes on the Aldeburgh Fish & Chip shop. It has an enviable reputation and as I could see both men starting to drool as we got closer, I made the very generous suggestion that perhaps my pasties could become dinner. They bolted for the queue before I’d even finished my sentence!

They were exceptional fish and chips and tasted even better eaten on a park bench beside the ocean.

Woodbridge, Aldeburgh, Thorpness and Snape Maltings were just gorgeous places to visit. We walked all over, loving the colourful little cottages and boutique shops in the high street of Aldeburgh.

Snape Maltings reminds me so much of Daylesford in the Cotswolds. Restaurants, a pub, a huge concert hall and a beautiful shop where you can buy artisan products as well as furniture and decor items. The pub beckoned and the boys enjoyed a beer and me a glass of wine.

It was a fabulous day in yet another gorgeous part of England. I wonder how long it will be before we can do anything like this again. Enjoy!

I don't remember who he is, just loved the portrait.
Roald Dahl
Beatrix Potter
Ed Sherran
St Martins-in-the-Field
Snape Maltings, Sussex Coast
The floating house at Thorpness - you can rent this house
Thorpness Pond
The old windmill, Thorpness, now accommodation
Great pub, apparently! Thorpness
Snape Maltings
The pub at Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Montage of all the colourful houses in Aldeburg.
The artists theatre and tower, Aldeburgh
the famous fish and chips

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