Bits & Bobs ……

We have been at home since we returned from the cruise in the Caribbean and time seems to have flown by awfully quickly! We are now heading back to the boat and Belgium.

Thought I’d give a little update of what we’ve been doing back at the ranch….

Last year I mentioned the House Martins that obviously enjoy visiting the buildings at the Mill – they return each year to nest and rear their young. I love to see them swooping in and around the place but they sure make a mess! Some of our number decided enough was enough this year and brought in the heavy mob to fit wires along the eaves to deter the birds from building their nests. Others did not wish to deter them given that we live in the country.

I decided on a low key approach….. meet Olly…. and me dangly discs ….. apparently the RSPB suggest strategically placed sparkly Christmas decorations!

The proof of the pudding will be in the renewal of the nests …. or not!

Adrian and I visited Lisa and Freddie in Lincoln and went to visit the newly opened Bomber Command museum which was interesting and in keeping with our visit to Ypres last December. For anyone visiting Lincoln, especially with kids, it is certainly worth a look.


We also then made our annual trip to Southwold to polish Tom’s plaque on the pier – unfortunately Tom’s dear friend Pat was unable to accompany us as he is none too well. We took the opportunity to visit Lavenham in Suffolk en route – really super medieval town which grew rich through weaving in the 15th & 16th centuries. There are many beautiful old beamed buildings, not least of which is the Guildhall, which now houses the town museum.


We stayed in the Swan hotel with its superb beamed dining room!


We had a quiet but very wet Easter – I think the river came up higher than Adrian has ever seen it before! Can really be beautiful to look out over the water meadow behind the houses and see gulls, geese, swans and ducks enjoying the additional water feature. The decrease in road traffic also makes for a peaceful few days! Many ignore the road closure signs and we have had several water logged vehicles left in our car park over the years. Not this year I’m glad to say.


If you ever go to Southwold look out for Tom’s plaque on the pier …..


Author: mistyjf

I have been boating in Europe since 2009 when I shipped Misty Morning to France. Time & life move on! Adrian, my new partner, & I bought Piedaleau in 2015 to continue and expand our European boating adventures.

2 thoughts on “Bits & Bobs ……”

  1. Going to Southwold with mother for her annual holiday. Where about sis it on the pier? I may well take the brasso.


    1. As you come onto the pier …… staright bit before you turn along the pier …. about third set of plaques …. on the right of the set! Pl polish!!! x


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