A guest wrote this while staying here with friends during the lazy hazy days of last summer…
” through infinite blue
a thousand bird songs swirl
luscious lazy June
a bee sucks pollen
buzzes hastily onward
I sit easy by my friend
papers flap their news
blooms of summer are sweeter
wine, cool in the mouth
wind stirs in the high ash”
Although only planted 20 months ago the trees are bearing fruit!
The VisitWaveneyValley website has a new Antiques Trail covering local market towns. Worth checking out and downloading if antiques/vintage/retro is your thing!
And don’t forget the various antique street markets in the area over the summer. For example, Bungay Antiques Far Sunday 22nd July and the stupendously successful fair at Halesworth on Sunday 26th August.
Turtle Doves are in steep decline – their population fell by 95% between 1967 and 2012. One reason for this is the lack of seed food on farmland in the summer.
The turtle dove is a summer visitor arriving in late April and leaving in September. Without the right habitat and food source, it can’t maximise its’ possible 3 broods a year. They are on the ‘Red List’ of conservation concern. https://www.bto.org/our-science/publications/psob
Such populations as exist are mostly found in East Anglia so we’re really lucky to have not one but two pairs of turtle doves at opposite ends of the site. One can hear their gentle purring call in the mornings and evenings. The RSPB is kindly providing exactly the right food/seed for them by way of encouragement.
18th-21st July 2019
Belle Grove is only 4 miles from Henham Park, as the crow flies, home to the wonderful Latitude Festival, . Avoid traffic jams and reach it via the back roads.
Headliners this year are George Ezra, Snow Patrol, Lana Del Rey, Jason Manford, Michelle Wolf and Frank Skinner in the beautiful surrounds of Henham Park.
Must tell you about Fen Farm Dairy, only a few miles away. The young couple who own it sell unpasteurised milk from the farm gate and were the very first UK farm to install a Raw Milk Vending Machine (now showing at the V & A as part of the “Food, bigger than the plate’ exhibition. They went on to develop the famous Baron Bigod brie-type cheese (served at Prince Harry’s pre-wedding breakfast) and cultured butter. They’ve won all sorts of farming and business awards, were voted 1 of the 12 Best Cheeses in The Independent and one of the storyline threads on The Archers is even based on how they used Montbelliarde cows to provide the milk for the new cheese!
So here’s your chance to pop up and collect some of their delicious products or buy the cheese or butter from many deli counters (including at Neals Yard and various other classy outlets in London) !