Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Cycle Tour

Yesterday morning  was a good time for a bike ride as it wasn't windy or wet or cold so with camera in the bike basket out I went to do the 6 mile loop around all the village.

Every journey on foot, bike or car starts with going down the lane to the road!

 

A mile from home - flat brown fields as far as the eye can see

 

Very small colourful crab apples -

 

Each bit of the village has it's own postbox, I'd already passed two before getting to this one. Years ago every part of the village also had it's own pub, now there are none. (One day I'll bike round and take photos of all the old pubs).

 

This little dead-end road leads to the Railway Museum - the proper way to get there unless you walk across the fields like I did the other day.

The village War Memorial, with last year's wreaths

 


 


Another reminder of the old Mid Suffolk Light Railway, this area was once sidings.


Now there are carriages that have been made into holiday lets


 

The gate is new and I don't think the sign and lamp are original to this railway either.


 

Someone had pumpkins out for sale

 

Here's the main part of the village - once a council house estate. I expect most are now privately owned.


Once again here's the disused telephone box that I showed on the blog at the beginning of lockdown, when I first got back on my bike. Lovely stained glass. Inside is a map of the cycle route around the village.

A HUGE yew tree on  the  edge of the cemetery


 

The "new" cemetery - up the road from the church

 

The trees by the church almost hide it from the road

The very small Dove Brook running along the edge of the churchyard
 

This used to be a post office and shop. Run by the oldest postmistress in the country until she had to give up sometime in the 80's or 90's It was famous and featured in a book of English Cottage Interiors.

Sadly there is no post office or shop in the village now

 

And the post-box still in use in the wall of the house. Is the step so that children can reach?


Autumn colour
 

Pushing my bike up the hill on the way home


 

This Holly tree is still covered in berries, more than I've ever seen in any year since we moved here

 

I'd hoped to see a sugar-beet harvester to photograph but they weren't working anywhere around although there's still plenty of fields to be harvested. Here's one big heap waiting for  trucks to collect it for the sugar-beet factory in Bury St Edmunds or Cantley in Norfolk

 

The little green sticker points the way for the loop I've just rode around and the brown signs are for a longer cycle route around Mid and North Suffolk

 

Nearly home - that's my house in the middle distance



 

 A very picture heavy post! Hope you enjoyed a little look at the bit of Suffolk where I live.

Back Tomorrow
Sue

 

 


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    1. Thank you - you have gone very quiet in Blogland - hope all is OK

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  2. Great pictures. But how many times did you have to stop and get off the bike to take them?!

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  3. You live in a lovely area, the photo's are a good mix of old and new. We have a new cemetery here, because the one at the church is nearly full. Thanks.

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    1. The new cemetery is almost as old as the old graveyard around the church!

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  4. What a beautiful telephone box!.I have never seen one done like that! Thank you for showing us the lovely area where you live.xx

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    1. The stained glass is lovely - a good way to cheer up a dis-used phone box

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  5. Thank you for that lovely bike ride around your wonderful village. Just love the phone box with the stained glass.

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  6. What a nice ride! I absolutely love the phone box with stained glass.
    We had a vote on what to do with the disused box in our village. I voted for a local book exchange but apparently they're going to put a defibrillator in there. The people in the shop opposite will have to learn how to use it!

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    1. I think the defibrillator in the village is at the village hall - trouble is our village is so spread out it's miles from many people

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  7. I enjoyed it, too. I loved the post box with the step. Would be interested to see all the old pubs.

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    1. The step is a mystery. I'll do the old pubs sometime but the people who live in them might wonder what I'm doing!

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  8. It's very flat where you live. Cycling would be more difficult up here in the Pennines.

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    1. Just a little hill down to the main part of the village - otherwise flat in all directions

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    2. I'd like that from a cycling point of view but I'd miss the hills. A lovely tour of your area, thank you!

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  9. Like VC, I was going to comment on how flat it was. Hardly any locals cycle around here in West Wales.

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    1. We tried cycling in Wales once - didn't get far!

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  10. I like the stained glass telephone box.

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  11. Lovely little tour of rural Suffolk. I have a Holly bush heavily laden with berries. Never seen so many, folklore says a very cold winter, so I have been led to believe. Do hope not, I hate the cold!

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    1. I agree and hope the old folklore isn't right but there certainly are more berries this year

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  12. I really enjoyed the tour of your village, we have several post boxes and your telephone box is lovely they could do something like that with ours but it is nice and clean. We have a few bus shelters for we do have One bus aday but not on Sundays and these have hanging baskets on them. Hazel c uk ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ

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    1. No bus shelters in the village at all - and now no phone boxes either since this one went out of use

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  13. That was a lovely tour, my favourite photograph is of the lovely 'new cemetery' gates, they are gorgeous. I'm finding lots of the little Post Boxes dotted around here, I am going to have to find the one nearest to me for posting into, although saying that the main sorting office is only a five minute walk through a little cut-through I have just discovered between houses and the vets.

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    1. I've never lived anywhere with so many post boxes! but the one near me is too small to post anything bigger than a postcard!

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  14. Well I've really enjoyed this bicycle ride, and I didn't even get out of breath!

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  15. Thank you for the tour. Highly enjoyable. Small glimpses of how much village life has changed (and not) over the decades.

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    1. It's certainly changed in this village which once had many organisations and a full school

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  16. Lovely pictures Sue, I enjoyed every one, we have four post boxes dotted round our village. My nearest is the one on a post like your picture, then there is one in the wall at the old manse plus two ordinary boxes. We still have one telephone box by the railway station but it’s a modern grey one. I’ve seen a few holly bushes full of berries when I’ve been out on my walks round the village, also loads of hips and haws.

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    1. I should have photographed all the post boxes but didn't think of it until I got to the 3rd

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  17. What a great little town to bicycle around. Too bad so many of the businesses no longer exist. I enjoyed the tour.

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    1. Definitely NOT a town, just a very spread out village made up of lots of hamlets

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  18. What a lovely bike ride.
    xx

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    1. It was perfect weather for cycling - bit windier today

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  19. What wonderful views for cycling! Around here, it's just houses, apartments and then finally - green parks! Loved all your photos.

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    1. It's all countryside around here - a quiet area 10 miles from bigger towns

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  20. What a wonderful post and pictures of your bike ride, beautiful county side. I just came across your blog last week and have enjoyed your writing. My husband and I visited Norwich, Ely and Bury St. Edmonds on at trip in 2002, it was a joyful visit. Jenny

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    1. Hi and welcome to reading. Bury St Edmunds is where I first worked when leaving school in 1971. I don't go to Ely or Norwich - both are further away for me and haven't been to Bury for months - perhaps I should go and visit before we all get locked down again!

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  21. Such a lovely post I thoroughly enjoyed it, you live in a beautiful village, I live in a beautiful seaside town in N.Wales with hills behind us so we were very lucky in lockdown with beaches and hillsides to walk the dog. Stay safe Sue in your lovely village
    Debbie xx

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    1. Good to hear you enjoyed the photos.How wonderful to have both seaside and hills to visit. I must take a trip to the sea soon but it's the grey North Sea so not as beautiful

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  22. I enjoyed this so much! I feel like I was able to go with you on your ride. You live in a lovely area!

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    1. It is the quiet I enjoy - lovely and peaceful

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  23. I enjoyed that tour. It looks very peaceful

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  24. Lovely bike ride. I find it's satisfying to even do the same route each time, but I'm lucky in that we have a choice of three convenient ones of similar length, plus some longer ones. I can manage most of the Pennine hills with stops except one I have to push. But photographs don't really capture how steep they are.

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  25. Absolutely wonderful......I love living in a village. Mine isn’t quite as flat but so very similar in Kent......loved looking at this......

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  26. What a lovely tour. I live in a village but much smaller than yours. The old phone box is beautiful. Many, many years ago my parents and I use to holiday in an old train carriage in Chapel St Leonards, I loved it.

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  27. It's so pretty. It looks like a delightful ride!

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  28. I really love looking at the photos from your posts. So quaint.

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  29. This was a lovely tour. Do you suppose so many holly berries indicate a better or worse winter?

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  30. Lots of Holly berries (always said to forecast a severe winter) but around here, there are acorns everywhere - shaken off the Oaks by the strong winds and not enough squirrels to gather them up for their winter larders, it seems.

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  31. On ya bike ! What a lovely way to spend the morning.
    Thank you for the beautiful photos, I really enjoyed looking at such pretty areas.
    Australia is a very dry country, and here in SE Queensland we haven't had any decent rain for months, the gardens really struggle.
    My Dad was British, so I always heard about "home" from my grandparents.

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  32. So nice to have a trip around the village. Thanks for sharing.

    God bless.

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  33. Thank you for the photos. I'm not as familiar with the different areas of England as I should be. If you want to know more about my area of the USA, you can check out my older blog posts for photos too. http://prairie-quilts-and-kolaches.blogspot.com/

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  34. Thank you, thank you! 2020 being what it is, I'm not sure when/if we will get back to the Northern Hemisphere, so pictures are doubly valued. We're been watching Penelope What's-her-name doing Batsford's book of the British Isles, and loving it. But your pictures are more real.

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  35. Thank you for sharing your bike ride. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  36. It's been lovely to see snapshots of your village, and to enjoy a scenic bike ride without the hard work :) X

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  37. Beautiful tour of the village Sue...but please promise me if you are cycling around taking photos of each pub don't partake of any alcololic beverages on the way round! x

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  38. I loved all the photos and your explaining what each thing is/was. It's like taking a bike ride with you!!! My family originated from Norfolk. When I feel safe to travel again that is one area I want to visit. Keep up the good work with your Blog!!

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