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    Green Man...

    by arturowan Updated Jun 11, 2014

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    Suffolk is said to have more examples of the green man, than anywhere else in England...
    The majority of the verdant character are inside or outside churches, but he crops up in all sorts of buildings, from townhouses to country barns...
    If you have not been introduced to the green man, than he is a carved head composed of foliage, usually with 2 verdant shoots of growth uncoiling from either side of his grinning mouth...
    He's 1 of those characters that folk either seem to love or hate, (& in my experience, those who find him creepy are not the sort of people I chose to do business with - they tend to be what used to be known as 'square'...)
    If, like myself, you've developed a fascination with the green man, then your travels to places will probably be with an incentive to seek him out - & you just never know where he might be loitering, usually in the woodwork, but sometimes masonry...
    As mentioned, he's most likely to be encountered in ecclesiastical locations, most typically in the porch or archway over a church door, or otherwise in the carpentry within, often that holding up the roof...
    0n rare occasions he night be depicted in a stained glass window, or wrought in metalwork, on such as a lecturn...
    The most extraordinary thing about the green man, is his manifold disguises, because no 2 are ever quite the same, & considering what a basic device he is, it's amazing how the artisans who carved him out over the centuries, brought such variety to his image...
    (But do not confuse him with other extraordinary Greenwood characters, to be found depicted in ecclesiastical art, such as the woodwose, or wild-man-of-the wood, always shown as covered in hair & waving a stump, & who is the equivalent of the American sasquatch or bigfoot...)
    Green man hunting is a rewarding pastime, but if you've not yet caught the bug, beware, it can be addictive...
    Locations are too many to list, but some of the most outstanding church green men, will be found at;
    Brandon; Cavendish; Clare; Gazely; Metfield; Thurston; Little, & Great Waldingfield...

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    Dedham Vale Suffolk

    by PeterVancouver Updated Apr 2, 2012

    If the weather is really warm, why not rent a row boat from either Debden or Flatford Mills and moor up for a picnic lunch on the banks of the river - very restful !

    The mill itself, together with the 17th century Millers cottage, is to the east of the boat rental, is a Grade I listed 18th century watermill built in 1733 in Flatford, East Bergholt, .

    The property is located in the heart of Dedham Vale, a typically English rural landscape.

    This part of the Dedham Vale is of course the area in which John Constable created a number of fine works, including The Hay Wain, which features Willy Lott's Cottage, and which was painted from the front of the mill.

    The Mill at Flatford
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    "Windmill"

    by kevin36 Updated Aug 17, 2011

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    Thorpeness windmill is a 'Post Mill',one of two common types of mill found in England.It takes its name from the central post upon which the whole body of the Mill rests and rotates.
    In the roundhouse of the mill you can clearly see the post,and trestle of wooden booms that support it,held off the ground by four thick pillars.
    In 1923 the mill was dismantled from Aldringham and brought over to its new home by local millwright,Amos Clarke and his son.
    This was a laborious task,but not uncommon in the past when mills were much more widespread and part of everyday life in East Anglia.
    Once at Thorpeness the mill had to be converted from corn grinding to pumping water.
    The hardest job would be to create a hole through the central post of the mill to accommodate the the pump rod that connected with the water pump 30ft below ground.
    The windmill could now pump water,but there was nowhere to store it,so an iron water tank on a tall,steel frame was erected near to the mill ,connected by underground pipes.
    However,this again was a rather stark structure for the character of Mr Ogilvies village and it was decided that the water tank should be made into a house.
    The metal work was boarded over to provide accommodation below the tank, creating the unusual building that is known as the House in the Clouds.(short Video)

    Admission is FREE.

    April-June 11am-1pm 2pm-5pm Week-ends and Bank Holidays

    July-August 2pm-5pm Monday - Friday

    September 11am-1pm 2pm-5pm Week-ends until mid September

    SADLY THE WINDMILL IS NOW CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. (It is still there)
    The Good News is : The new owners are having it completely revamped a major restoration of Thorpeness Windmill that will eventually see the listed building returned to its former glory.

    Owners Philip and Sharlie Goddard are planning to spend more than £100,000 on the restoration.

    Thorpeness Windmil & House in Clouds Thorpeness Windmil
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    Aldeburgh Beach

    by kevin36 Updated Jul 26, 2011

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    Aldeburgh Beach, If your up early in the morning go and see the fishing huts on the sea front near to The White Horse Hotel and buy some fresh fish,if its in season you can also get Lobsters .Crab and Shrimps,if they have sold out ask them it you can order some for tomorrow.fantastic eating.
    But be warned they do tend to sell out by mid day.

    Aldeburgh is a quiet and unspoilt beach, popular with painters and photographers alike. Sailing boats are found along the River Alde at one end of the town, while fishing huts, sheds and working boats are dotted along the beach.

    The sea front has changed very little since Victorian times, the individual houses each adding something to the unique character and charm that is Aldeburgh.

    Aldeburgh beach Crag path Beach Carnival Day Aldebugh Lifeboat Crag path
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    River Trip River Orwell

    by kevin36 Updated Jul 9, 2011

    The Harwich Harbour Cruise

    Lasting around three and a half hours, journey down the River Orwell past Pin Mill to the Stour Estuary. The cruise includes the opportunity to see from the water (weather permitting) the UK's largest container Port at Felixstowe, Harwich Harbour, and historic Harwich. We then turn in Harwich Harbour and return back up the river to Ipswich
    We did this trip This year and it was most enjoyable,This is just one of the trips they do .

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    "Watching Ships" (Languard Point Felixstowe)

    by kevin36 Updated Jul 9, 2011

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    Because of the sandbanks off the East coast, the only navigable approach to Harwich Harbour runs for about five miles almost parallel to the shoreline and only a few miles from it, from a point near the mouth of the river Deben (to the north of Felixstowe), past Felixstowe, to just past Landguard Point. then (with almost an about-turn) into the mile-wide harbour entrance. Due to its situation on Landguard Point, Landguard Fort has always been the key point of the defence of Harwich Harbour.
    It is also the place to see the container ships and ferry's coming and going,there is a purpose built car park and viewing point.
    A coffee caravan is normally on site for Teas ,coffees and bacon butties.
    You can sit hear for hours just watching the world go by.

    Container Ship Languard Point Languard Point Languard Point Languard Point
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    Activity River trips

    by kevin36 Updated Jul 9, 2011

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    Educational and fun activity on board Regardless, in the safe haven of Orford River with skipper Peter. The trip involves demonstrations of lifting and baiting up of lobster pots and looking at the many species of sea life e.g. Starfish, Lobsters, Spider Crabs, Edible Crabs, Whelks and Fish.
    Regardless leaves Orford Quay on Monday, Wednesday and Friday during school holidays at 5.30pm for approximately one hour. From 1st May during school term there is an activity trip every Wednesday at 5.30pm. Group bookings can be catered for at other times.

    Regardless
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    Oliver Cromwell's House. Ely

    by margaretvn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    While visiting Ely do go and visit the Oliver Cromwell House. It is the only remaining home of Cromwell (except Hampton Court Palace). This house though really has the "feel" of a home.
    Oliver Cromwell was leader of the land in the period that is was a republic. He rose to fame as a military and political leader during the English Civl War 1642 - 1649. This led to Charles I being executed and the monarchy being replaced. In1653 Cromwell was declared Lord Protector and was the most powerful man in the country until he died in 1658.
    Cromwell inherited the house in Ely and the title "Farmer of Tithes" before his rise to power. This made him a prominent landowner in the region. The house has been really well restored and shows very well just how the family would have lived during the 10 years he was there 1636-47. The house has 8 period rooms, which all have commentary about life in the period and Cromwell's life. The kitchen is a restored 17th century room and unusually you an pick up exhibits. You wander through Cromwell's study and his haunted bedroom. The Tourist information centre is located in the reception area of the house and also has a gift shop which has a good selection of souvenirs.

    Cromwell's House
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    Framlingham Castle

    by Tom_Fields Updated Apr 4, 2011

    This is one of Britain's best-preserved castles. It also has historic significance. In the 16th century, Mary Tudor waited here for the decision as to who would become England's next queen--either her or Lady Jane Grey. Mary got the nod, and moved to London.

    Entrance to the castle Inside Framlingham Castle Another view of the castle Framlingham, seen from the castle walls A narrow window for archers
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    Action adventures

    by Durfun Written Dec 17, 2009

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    CLIMBING: Want to try climbing a 60 foot vertical wall? Head for the outdoor climbing area, where you will be fully briefed, get a belaying partner, and then you take turns to climb to the top. Three levels of difficulty are offered. Level 3 is not as easy as it looks!

    HIGH ROPES: are truly fun & exciting. You form groups & then climb the vertical ladder where the rungs are chunky tree trunks & upto 2 metres apart. Real teamwork is needed for this one. Next, you climb up a 40 foot vertical pole that wobbles (though safe!), position yourself on the small top square (2 foot x 2 foot) & wait for your other 3 team-mates to also climb up & meet you! It really wobbles when the others reach the top, and you try to make space for each other (perhaps pulling some of them up)!! Next, you hold hands & lean outwards. Now this really requires faith!

    ADRENALINE HIGH ROPES: Part of the fun with this activity is performing a trapeze act where you leap off to catch another hand hold. Nerve of steel needed for this 'leap of faith'

    Other activities are - AERIAL ADVENTURE : where you climb over & through an obstacle course involving beams, cables, ropes, vertical poles, spider web, shaky rope climb (at height), and at the end you have an option of zip-lining or descending 40 foot via the free-fall vertical fan!

    Abseiling is offered too.

    In all, lots of activities on offer to really get you going :)

    Climbing High enough for you? Not that easy! The wobbly pole! Adventure park
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    Outdoor water sports

    by Durfun Written Dec 17, 2009

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    The lakes are big, allowing one boating, sailing, cable water-skiing, and even lazing on the beach, admiring the ducks ;)

    The cable water-skiing offers a 500m run, with various gates to reach in case you fall off before reaching the other end. Great fun :)

    Outdoor lake: sailing Outdoor lake: cable water-skiing Outdoor lake: beach!
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    Head for the Indoor pool complex!

    by Durfun Written Dec 17, 2009

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    There's a large indoor water sports complex, created in a tropical theme, with jungle beats every 15 minutes when the wave machine kicks into gear in the main pool.

    Several feeder pools are around, as well as two big water slides, one enclosed (tubular) and the other one open (wild water rapids).

    You can use the children's pool, toddlers' pool, etc. Serious fun for all age groups.

    After all the fun & games you can relax in the several large jacuzzi hot tubs scattered along the edge of the swimming areas.

    NOTE: the photos are for the outdoor lakes

    Within the pool complex, cafes abound, plus they also have steam rooms beside the showers.

    Most activities have to be paid for EXCEPT use of this pool! So, you can visit it as many times as you like, for as long as you want, totally FREE :)

    Outdoor lake: cable water-skiing Outdoor lake: Sailing Outdoor lake: beach & boats
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    Tourist Information Office

    by kevin36 Updated Nov 14, 2009

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    You can get information on all events happening in the area,including acommodation in and around the area.
    Bearing in mind there is no train station at Aldeburgh,but there are buses.
    They are very helpful.

    info office
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    Walking,Boating

    by kevin36 Updated Nov 14, 2009

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    Visit Aldeburgh Town,nothing much has changed over the years.The Moot hall has a Museum and must be one of the oldest buildings still standing,but most of all take a walk along the sea front and take in the laidback atmosphere,then drive 10mins north to: Thorpeness with its shallow boating lake, Also in Thorpeness is the House in the clouds a very unusual house reaching up to the sky, and now is a Holiday home,near to the house is a windmill.

    House in the Clouds Thorpeness meare
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    Aldeburgh

    by kevin36 Updated Nov 14, 2009

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    Take a walk along the unspoilt sea front, little changed since Victorian times, its uneven row of individual houses each seeming to have a character of their own. The wide atmospheric East Anglian sky, the shelved shingle beach, the rugged North sea, the wildness of the marshes and the stillness of the wide, winding river Alde, separated from the sea by a single path and some fortuitously placed shingle.
    Why not visit on carnival day when the whole town works together to provide a variety of entertaining events, the highlight being an exciting procession of decorated floats and characters. The evening lantern procession, everyone joining in, makes its way slowly to the beach for the firework display - the finale of the day's entertainment.
    Visit the High street with its mix of traditional shops and galleries, a fish and chip shop of some fame.
    The building in the picture to the right that looks like a look out tower is in fact an art gallery where you can buy local scene paintings,a good memoir of Aldeburgh,well worth a look even if its to browse.
    Open every day (10-5:00) except Weds&Thurs. Sundays and Bank Holidays 11-4

    The Sea front
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