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Sunday, 5 August 2012

Walking under big Suffolk skies

I suspect the whole of Britain woke up smiling this morning!

And although is was tempting to watch more of the London 2012 Olympics on TV, we decided to get out in the fresh air – Cliff is leading another 15 mile walk for the local walking group at the end of the month and we had paths to check out.

The weather fore cast was correct and soon we were hurrying to shelter in a wood while the storm passed over (luckily we had some very nice Sausage and Mustard crisps with us, to munch while we waited).


Decisions about which way to go had to be made!


We met some magnificent trees in the woods . . .


. . . and stumbled upon this ornately exuberant gravestone in a churchyard. 


Yet another storm cloud passed in the distance over the valleys thick with ripe wheat.


We finished our walk in bright sunshine along field headlands spangled with purple Knapweed and mauve Scabious, although sadly lacking in butterflies.


We arrived home to see the final five minutes of the Olympic Tennis Men's Singles Final - Hurrah!!!!


Celia
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27 comments:

  1. Can't ever beat a suffolk sky in my opinion. Wonderful sense of the vastness of them in your photos - nice tree too!

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    1. Just glorious isn't it! I think the cloud formations are more dramatic in Suffolk than the Fens - must be the geography.

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    1. This is a beautiful route with some dramatic views.

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  3. the gravestone has long since lost its name?

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    1. If you look carefully you can just make out some lettering, I would guess it's about 200 years old.

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  4. The storms today have been breath taking, bit like the Olympics! Where do they get the ideas for crisps from! Ada :)

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    1. Actually these were jolly good crisps!

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  5. We have had storms too this weekend, up in Northumberland where we were visiting my m-i-l. Floods even in places.
    But, the reason I am responding is that in all the walking we did this weekend and all the meadows we saw, the only butterfly I saw was a white one. What is going on? There have been none in the garden this year, although, thankfully we are still getting bees.

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    1. I just hope that the butterflies survive and the numbers increase next year - worrying isn't it.

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  6. I love knapweed. I wonder if it is actually native to the US, or if it hitched a ride over so long ago that we've forgotten that it's not actually local? Who knows?

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    1. What a good question - I'll have to find out.

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  7. I just love these cloud formations during this moody weather period. Your lovely big skies are so dramatic! We don't see the whole sky here in the built up suburbs.

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    1. Cloud watching is a good hobby in Suffolk!

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  8. I heard that there is wheat and wildflowers included with the herbs and roses in the bouquets that Olympic medallists are being given. It is quite addictive watching the Games but that walk looks like it gave you much more exercise than sitting on the sofa in front of the TV.....like me!

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    1. Yes, the winner's bouquets were designed by Jane Packer before she sadly died. And all the flowers are British grown and made up by floristry students.

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  9. Wonderful sky pictures. I wonder if I can get those crisps here, I'd love a new flavour.

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    1. Ask in Waitrose - hope you find them.

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  10. Wow, Celia, quite amazing and dramatic sky shots.

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    1. Thanks Roy. And some people say walking in Inland East Anglia is boring!

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  11. I found your blog by way of Emma at silverpebble. I am so glad I did. I love your photos of the walk you did and I've read through some past posts. I am looking forward to following you.

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    1. Thank you and welcome to the world of Purple Podded Peas :-)

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  12. Wonderful big blue skies remind me of Norfolk - where they just go on forever.

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    1. We're lucky to live in such amazing scenery!

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  13. These skies are amazing! Looking at your photos I experience freedom - these fields are perfect for looooong walks.

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  14. This is great walking country - and we rarely seeder anyone else when we're out walking!

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  15. I love the big skies of the east coast. I live in East Lothian and we have wonderful high skies which are somehow different to those on the other side of the country! I have started a blog this year. It's great fun and adds another dimension to everything! Good luck with your three sisters in the garden! I was in Australia during May and June this year and veggies have been a bit of a non-starter for me this year!

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