the Suffolk coast in winter is so perfect on a bright day – the fresh air and wind blowing just exhilarates you after all these grey days we have been having. I am not sure whether its the vast expanse of flatness where sea meets sky, with the sweeping roll of waves that kind of hypnotises you, but it definitely refreshes you. I have just discovered the app Calm, which I listen to in the car, before I go to bed, and even at 5am when I awake too early – it really sends me back to doze and it does enlighten you with ways of learning how to relax and restore, stories to soothe you and facts to teach you.
there are a lot of beaches in suffolk, some are well known and frequented, others less so. but less than 10 mins drive from our cottage is Kessingland beach – a relatively unspoilt beach which reminds me very much of Dungeoness, with its pebble dunes and grasses, its definitely worth a morning walk. you will spy fisherman, dog walkers and bird watchers from the adjoining Benacre nature reserve and is much less touristy in the summer months. incidentally, they are trying to raise funds to purchase the Derek Jarman cottage and garden and all its contents to preserve it for the future, rather than it going to a private buyer. it would be a shame to lose this amazing collection.
not far away in Thorpeness you can rent the house in the clouds – originally intended to be a water supply in 1923 Glencairne Stuart Ogilvie with F. Forbes Glennie (architect) & H. G Keep (works manager) brilliantly disguised it as house, and so it looks like a mystical cottage high in the sky. Thorpeness is one of those strange towns – a bit like a disneyfied part of Switzerland, mock Tudor houses are built around a Peter Pan boating lake, and 1930’s houses are built directly facing the long pebble beach. but my all time favourite beach is Covehithe, which happens to be the local beach to our cottage – beautifully windswept and unspoilt, its sadly receding coastline tumbles the trees into the shoreline, leaving eerie bleached out trunks and branches that give the beach an eerie quality. I am discovering that Suffolk is a diverse and interesting coastline with much to explore.