A Travellerspoint blog

October 2015

Suffolk Real Estate

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Situated in the east of England to the north of London, the pastoral county of Suffolk offers a peaceful alternative to those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of the metropolis. Life is slow, almost backward, in this rural corner of England, but real estate development has kept up with modern times. For instance: this church in the village of Lavenham was built as recently as 1260 to replace the old Saxon church …
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The 15th century Swan Hotel in Lavenham offers luxuriously stuffed straw palliasses and
goblets of fine ales…
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The nearby Angel Hotel is a more modest hostelry. It was fully refurbished in 1420 when it was first licensed and offers all manner of delights to the weary traveller.There is no shortage of desirable residences will all mod cons in Lavenham and the surrounding villages...
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These places in Kersey may look a little on the antique side, but none of them are more than 700 years old and some of them were brand new when Henry V111 was chopping off his wives’ heads in the early 1500s…
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Those seeking something somewhat more mature might consider Kentwell Hall in nearby Long Melford…
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Although the original house took shape about 1000 A.D., it was due for a facelift after it got a mention in the Domesday book in 1086. (Crikey – it’s nearly a thousand years since King Harold fell off his steed at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and lost his crown to William the Conqueror!). Not to worry…Sir William Clopton brought the whole joint up to date in 1405 before he was killed at the battle of Agincourt in 1415 – so he hardly had a chance to enjoy the place. With 20 bedrooms, and a banqueting hall big enough to host the next Olympic basketball tournament, this little gem could be yours for a modest sum.
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Another Des. Res with all Mod Cons in Long Melford is Melford Hall. A modest pile of just 12 bedrooms,with well-wooded formal gardens and a moat capable of repelling Viking marauders intent on a little pillage. This single Fam. Det. home, with sweeping driveway and deer park, was the home of Beatrix Potter’s cousin and offers a wealth of character. With its large estate it would be a fabulous opportunity for lovers of rats, toads and other creatures of the riverbank.

Harvest Festival, the Brit equivalent of Canadian Thanksgiving, is this coming weekend...
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This traditional harvest loaf was made in this 600 year old bakery in Lavenham and will be given to the poor…
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Unlike Canadians the Brits don’t eat turkeys at this time but, today, October 6th, is National Badger Day. (So -if you forgot - why not dash out and get a spit-roasted one from your local butcher?).

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Tempus Fugit.

sunny 17 °C

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Spectacularly hued sunrises and sunsets have peppered our autumn blogs for several years but when we look back over the seven years since our blissful adventures began we are irrationally dismayed by the fact that each summer on our island has passed more quickly than the previous ones. Time is no longer the friend we had when we were young and we are reminded that seniors’ discounts and preferential line-ups are a double edged sword. But, here we are again saying farewell to the beautiful views over the Salish Sea from our island home, and saying farewell to summer... a summer of friendship, fun and a little work. James finished the Japanese style quilting studio with the addition of a traditional bridge...
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...while Sheila completed her first quilt in her new ‘home’...
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Our friend Gottfried reached a major milestone. A pod of whales turned up to join in the celebration and Chef James, with assistants Michael-Thomas, Graeme and Ute, put on a regal spread ...
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Our summer had its usual share of Shakespeare, fireworks, dinner parties and salmon fishing. (You should have seen the one that got away)...
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...although it was tinged with sadness when our friend Antony Holland passed away at the age of 95. Here is the old thespian proudly showing off his Order of Canada just last year...
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Time races on for all of us as we slip into fall. The heat may have gone, but our autumn is still full of colour and expectation. The welcome rains have brought an end to a season best summarized by a string of climactic superlatives; it was the hottest, longest and driest summer in recorded history in our corner of paradise. Global warming deniers take note! However, winter is on the horizon and, like the birds, it is time for us to fly. Please stay with us as we skip across the pond to explore some of Europe’s grandest cities and forgotten corners.

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