Summer strolls #walking #suffolk

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I enjoyed a few days in Suffolk. The sun shone and Dog insisted on a  walk.

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We looked at the map; he agreed we should go to Halesworth and follow the Blyth river pretty much all the way.

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Which we did. It’s a lovely four miles.

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There are well managed farms, with meadow grasses and cattle; there are straw bales and reed beds.

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There are nettles. Geez are there nettles.

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At one point I thought I was going mad.

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I heard voices. Anxious voices.

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But I couldn’t see anyone. The fields to my left were empty.

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Those across the river to my right equally unmanned and yet somewhere close by two men were debating something with a degree of animation.

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Eventually I spotted them; they were kayakers, battling the enormous reeds in a  vain attempt to row up the river to Halesworth.

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There were butterflies and moths a’plenty.

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There were cows, which, frankly Dog and I could have enjoyed more with the odd fence or two between us.

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But there was no reason to complain and, in all honesty, there can be few better places for a morning stroll than England in the summer.

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The weather is fine and nit life threatening.

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Few things bite you and those that do don’t kill you.

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Access to the countryside is of right and the landowners aren’t likely to kill you. And the distances to the next coffee and cake is always reasonable.

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Maybe that’s why the English can be such smug knowalls…

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published three books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars and Salisbury Square. In addition I published an anthology of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand this summer. A fourth book will be out soon. This started life as a novel in a week on this blog and will follow later this year. I blog about all sorts at geofflepard.com and welcome all comments. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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27 Responses to Summer strolls #walking #suffolk

  1. Ritu says:

    Great photos Geoffles!

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  2. Thanks for bringing us along with you and Dog on a most memorable, delightful ‘stroll’ in the English countryside. This is what I love most about England when I visit. The ability to just walk and walk from farm to farm, no boundaries except perhaps a stone wall or two, a pub cropping up every once in a while, and the cows chewing contemplatively. You (and Dog) make me want to come back soon.

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  3. Miriam says:

    Lovely stroll. My Harry would have loved it.

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  4. Dylan Hearn says:

    You came to Suffolk and didn’t say hello?! How very dare you?

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  5. AJ.Dixon says:

    Looks like a great way to spend an afternoon ☺ I’m hoping to do more walking in the future, and your guides make me want to start right now!

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  6. Mick Canning says:

    Splendid place. Thanks, Geoff.

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  7. restlessjo says:

    Might just be so, Geoff 🙂 We do have stuff to be smug about despite the doom and gloom.
    Nothing I like better than a walk by a river. Those cows were looking at you very balefully. Not you so much as your 4-legged friend 😦 Thanks for the company. Have a great ‘rest of Summer’.

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  8. Rachel M says:

    Sounds wonderful!

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  9. jan says:

    It looks like the cows are trying to escape the heat by crowding under the tree.

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  10. Erika Kind says:

    That is such a beautiful area….. and a butterfly 😍 Thank you for sharing this, Geoff!

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  11. findingnyc says:

    Dog seems to have a great plan for a walk, aside from those nettles!

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  12. Great pics, Geoff. Your nettles pic reminded me of this: https://derrickjknight.com/2012/05/28/nettle-rash/

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  13. Norah says:

    Thanks Geoff. I enjoyed the stroll, especially the butterflies; the nettles not so much. I would have preferred a fence between us and the cows too!

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  14. Helen Jones says:

    Lovely stroll, Geoff 🙂 I agree, there can hardly be a more pleasant place to stroll than England in the summertime. Great photos, too.

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  16. LearaWrites says:

    I quite enjoyed our little stroll 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Autism Mom says:

    After we visited with you last summer we went up north to Edinburgh and we took a bicycle tour. At one point we stopped and my husband, trying to take the perfect picture, stepped into a clump of weedy overgrowth before I could stop him. You see I grew up on the east coast of the US and knew exactly what nettles looked like; but he grew up on the west coast and had no idea – until that day. Fortunately he did not suffer too bad a stinging for his first encounter with nettles.

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