Saturday 18 May 2013

Weekend Life....Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Easter Weekend 2013, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, United Kingdom 

We spent the Easter long weekend with friends in a cottage in the lovely seaside village of Aldeburgh in Suffolk. The weather was wonderfully romantic (British weather must be thought of as wonderfully romantic to keep the spirits up!) with sleet, snow, biting cold, heavy grey clouds and, just as we were leaving, a tiny burst of brilliant blue sky. We stoically played beach cricket in the sleet (mighty tricky/exhausting on a shingle beach), went on an Easter egg hunt at Orford Castle (well, the littlies did....we provided the encouragement from the sidelines while sipping coffee!), took in the country air with a bracing walk from Aldeburgh to Snape Warren, and explored the shops and galleries in Snape Maltings.

Pump Street Bakery, Orford. Fabulous sourdough bread, Monmouth coffee and sweet treats (try the bear claws, croissants and jam doughnuts). Wish this bakery was a little closer to London! 

Two Magpies Bakery, Southwold. This artisan bakery/cafe opened a week or so after Easter so we didn't get to try it out unfortunately but the bread and pastries look amazing! The owner/baker is a former army bomb disposal expert....presumably his patience (and nerves of steel) came in handy while learning to bake artisan bread. ;)

There are a number of smokehouses/seafood shacks along the waterfront in Aldeburgh where you can pick up freshly caught local seafood, and smoked fish. Smoked fish on buttery toasted sourdough with an egg on top and finely chopped chives is a fine weekend breakfast treat.

Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop, Aldeburgh. The line up outside at lunch and supper time says it all! Delicious battered fish and chips. Buy cold beverages at the White Hart Inn next door and sit outside in the sunshine (???!!!) to devour your battered cod and chips.

Cragg Sisters Tearoom, Aldeburgh. I didn't have time to try this tearoom but our friends loved the scones here.


  1. Gorgeous captures. I could almost imagine the story that accompanies the photos.

  2. you make so beautiful photos... you are a true artist. thanks a lot

  3. What beautiful photography! Love this post!!

  4. This is sooo gorgeous - I love it when you branch out from street style!

  5. Haha loved the stoic response to English weather ;) the photo's give a wonderful view of life there...even little teddy enjoying himself. xx

  6. Hello.
    Your story revives from a photo of this much.
    It is a world of great expression.
    From Japan.
    Ryoma Sakamoto.

  7. Such beautiful imagery! Love your work, and thank-you for sharing it with use :)

    Thara from Moss & Stone

  8. Wonderful pics. Greetings from Italy.

  9. @wllwproject - thanks so much. That is such a lovely thing to say ....I love telling a story with photographs. Sometimes I find it difficult to write (I am too much of a procrastinator and a ditherer with words!) so it is nice to tell the story via images.

    @Ieontine - thank you! Such a kind thing to say!

    @monkeyshines - thanks!

    @velvettovagabond - thank you very much

    @Sean - me too Sean :)) It is so nice to mix it up!

    @dustjacket - ha ha! Yes that photograph of the little boy and his teddy was apres-Easter egg hunt at Orford Castle. His little bunny-print bag contained his easter egg spoils! The worst thing about the English weather is that the blue skies are there (I have seen them from the plane!) but they are seemingly always covered by heavy grey cloud!

    @Japan Samurai - thank you very much!

    @Thara - thank you Thara! I am so grateful I have an audience to share my work with!

    @romladolcevita - molto bene grazie! (I hope that is correct!)

  10. We went on holiday to Suffolk, so it was lovely to see such beautiful visual representations of some of the places I recognise. Isn't the pump street bakery fantastic? We cycled there, bought things from the smokehouse, and returned back to where we were staying.
    If you ever go back you should definitely pay a visit to Orford Ness. I love how eerie and picturesque it is.

  11. @Rosalind - LOVED Pump Street Bakery! We had coffees and sausage rolls while watching the Easter Egg hunt and took home some other lovely things. So yummy! Although very busy (being Easter Saturday). We didn't get to visit Orford Ness unfortunately (the excitement of the Easter egg hunt + too much early morning chocolate meant nap time was necessary for the younger members of our party!) but I will definitely visit next time.....obviously being careful of the unexploded ordinances!

    @Michelle - thank you!

  12. thank you for these beautifully serene images. They really capture the spirit of the place and I love the quietness that some of the photos the seagull in the sky & the grasses alongside the water. So peaceful and natural! Not only are you one of my favourite street style photographers, but you're also an amazing scenic photographer too!

  13. @Megan of Dressed by Style - thank you Megan, you are so kind to say such nice things. It makes me happy to hear that my photographs have a quiet feel about them. I actually find it difficult to take photographs that have a lot of elements in them (hence my streetstyle photos more often than not have a people-free background) and that is possibly why my photographs have more of a peaceful, lonely? feeling to them.

  14. I love, love, LOVE your photography.

  15. @duckalicious - ahhh thank you, as always, for your very kind words :)))