As mentioned last week I'm now staying in a caravan on a Leisure and Retail Village Complex at Stonham Barns. The caravan is................just a caravan........very beige and plasticy. The double bed is squeezed into a Very Small bedroom which involves siddling in and out carefully to avoid stubbing toes on the frame but the heating is warm - thank goodness - as there have been some minus temperatures in the mornings and frost on the car windscreen.
I'm just across the road from the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary and Nature Centre............. do you know what some owls do at night?..they hoot............a lot!
Also on site are 2 fishing lakes, surrounded by wooden holiday lodges, a campsite, a children's indoor play centre (not allowed to open yet), A Wedding Barn (where they hold the Potato Day each February) a golf complex with everything except an 18 hole course, a showground (where we used to hold the Suffolk Smallholders Show) The Teapot Pottery, several shop units including the village Post Office, a small theatre, a garden centre, a hot tub show-room........brrrrr! and several other attractions including a hairdresser's where I shall get a much needed hair cut next week.
And all this above began way back in the very early 80s with a company who started to make and sell their own jams from fruit grown on the site........just a small farm shop then it has grown and grown. The orchards have long gone and all through the last 40 years the local people have moaned about how the place has grown and taken over so much land that was once farm land although everyone was glad when the Post Office moved there.
But the thing here that I like best of all is it's the site of the car-boot sale that I used to visit every Sunday from the cottage. Then I was 4 miles away, when I move to the bungalow it will be 4½ miles but when boot-sales start again this Sunday I shall be just a few minutes walk away....what a treat!.