i love going to suffolk, even just for a day, and especially if the weather is as mild as it has been – autumn in the sun is probably my favourite time of the year. the only thing i dislike is the 2 and half hours drive to get there. so what i have been doing is breaking the journey with a stop for a cup of tea in one of the many lovely towns along the route – i pick a different one every time. this time i stopped in snape maltings – the 1800 buildings originally used for storing barley – that are now a concert hall, shops, eating places all set in a tranquil setting surrounding by reeds. i chose here because my friend Maria is particularly interested in art, and i knew that she would love the hepworth sculpture set amonst the reeds it really is a lovely focus point. there is also a henry moore sculpture, but today this was surrounded by the vintage market that sprawled along the car park – this is only on a few times a year, so check their calendar for the next one. there is also the lettering arts trust with its beautiful carved stones. i noticed that beggars velvet are stocked there – they are selling at the next hampstead pop up sale that i am participating in on the 20th november – beautiful gifts all with words and letters. in the beautiful dovecote gallery, there is a striking exhibition by maggi hambling . i have tried all the cafes there and the granary tea shop is the best; i think that the food hall is probably more interesting. incidentally there is a maggi hambling show on in the british museum – all her atmospheric drawings on paper – its a free exhibition and one that is on my list of things to do.
i have loved doing up the cottage and discovering all the nearby beaches and villages has been such a pleasure – it makes that drive back into london all worth it!