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Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Ipswich 'n' chips


This morning I volunteered to drive Cliff to a meeting in Ipswich – an excuse for me to take my new wheels for a longer journey than just pootling to the next village and back. We parked near the Waterfront and while Cliff headed into the town centre I wandered down to the marina; on a chilly grey day I didn't want to hang around outside so I settled down in a cosy café – pot of tea, pain au chocolat, view of the yachts, the daily papers and wi-fi . . . that was pretty much all I needed to keep me happy for a while :-)



I then walked back along the harbour, past the trendy bistros towards the old Customs House; down a narrow alley in an old harbour warehouse is the John Russell Gallery – the current exhibition is of Michael Coulter's recent watercolours.

I like Michael Coulter's cards of East Anglian wildlife and landscape, especially the designs he produces for the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, so I was looking forward to seeing the original watercolour paintings. To be honest I'm not sure I liked most of the pictures; two I did like were "Swallows and Martins" swirling round in the sky and another called "Three Gates" – both of these had a limited colour palette and strong repeated patterns.

However, I did buy the 2011 Michael Coulter Calendar and some other lovely art cards; and I very much enjoyed the other work in the gallery.



When Cliff returned, we headed off to Pin Mill on the Orwell estuary for lunch at the Butt & Oyster pub – it had been recommended to me and I was building up hopes of delicious local seafood. Sad to say lunch failed to live up to expectations – OK fish spoiled by being served with underdone chips (and don't get me started on what was served up for Cliff as 'toad in the hole').

Is the sun going to shine tomorrow . . . I hope so!

Celia
x

14 comments:

  1. even without the sun your photography is stunning!

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  2. The waterfront in Ipswich is becoming a great place to visit. Looking forward to a visit on a sunny day so we can sit outside and watch the world go by.

    Shame about the Butt & Oyster - I've always been lead to believe its a good place to eat :(

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  3. Thanks Dom - all done with an iPhone and the Hispstamatic App ;-)

    Hi VV - it's dead trendy down there isn't it! As for the B&O - we had high expectations which were sadly dashed :-( Didn't stay for pudding, or 'deserts' as it says on their web site!

    Celia
    x

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  4. I was just about to ask if they were Hipstomatic:) Isn't it the greatest toy ever. I have the big proper camera (minus the big proper lens which is in hospital) but I love my Hipstomatic. Did you find a better pud elsewhere?

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  5. such a shame when Lunch is a let down :-( the rest of your day sounded good though :-)

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  6. Thanks Celia - really enjoyed reading this and exploring the links, especially the gallery and Michael Coulter ... many of his paintings remind me of old Ladybird books or the kind of flora and fauna illustrations in children's 'nature' books, so I liked them for that reason.

    I do like that Hipstomatic effect - is it possible without an iPhone / app?

    Gilly

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  7. Hi Skybluepinkish - Have you tried the CameraBag App? We had tea and toasted scones back at home.

    Hi Sally - I think we both had high expectations (sometimes not a good way to start a day)

    Hi Gilly - yes, you're right about Michael Coulter's paintings. I enjoy them for that reason too - just not sure about them in posh frames on the wall.
    Suppose you can do clever stuff in Photoshop to get the same effects - Hipstamatic is instant and fun to use :-)

    Celia
    x

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  8. Great to read your blog. Thanks for sharing. Lots to discover.

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  9. Oh sorry about that lunch -it sounds disappointing. Your day sounds pretty divine apart from that though. Oh to get out! I'm living vicariously! Lovely to see those boats.

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  10. Ipswich Waterfront is probablythe nicest bit of Ipswich these days! Sorry to hear about your disappointing chips!

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  11. What a wonderful way to spend a day out Celia.My geography is not poor but I never realised Ipswich was close to water! I always thought it was inland. What a treat to discover something new.I can understand the wanting to drive a new car to lots of places. What a shame the foodie treats at the end of the journey didn't live up to expectations. Lesley

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  12. Hi Catherine - Ipswich is worth exploring, lots of history.

    Hi Silverpebble - the café by the marina was really lovely.

    Hi Country Girl - my first visit to the Waterfront, it's on it's way up!

    Hi Printed Material - I know what you mean - glancing at a map Ipswich does seem to be inland. But it's on the Orwell estuary and has been a major port since the 8th century! and still is. Now a large area of the docks has been redeveloped - new University campus, restaurants, cafés, yacht marina, etc.

    Celia
    x

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  13. Love those pictures. I really don't go to Ipswich enough, I am rather scared of the roundabouts and traffic on the way in (pathetic, I know)But your post has encouraged me to get to know it a little better. Shame about the lunch, so frustrating.

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  14. Celia, I love what you have done with your photos in this post. It makes them look very retro!
    love
    Lyn
    xxx

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