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!