First I must say thank you to everyone for comments yesterday, too many to reply individually. I don't feel particularly strong or brave - just telling it like it is and getting on with things in the only way I can. And yes I do have 3 children and their families but they have their own busy lives with work and children and although they would be there for me if I needed anything I don't expect to rely on them while I'm still capable! Like my Mum used to say to us " I didn't have children to have someone to look after me when I'm old".
On National Mills Open Day I went to Pakenham Water Mill. Every village once had it's own windmill and there are several still standing but we don't have many water mills in Suffolk. And even fewer that still work. Pakenham is open for visits at weekends - not a full time working mill.
The water wheel is Huge
In the bake-house beside the kitchen is a huge fireplace and chimney with 4 ovens including the brewing vat - for the time when many people brewed beer because the water wasn't safe to drink.
There was a display of the various flours that would have been produced in the mill and breads that could be baked - below is Maslin bread which often gets mentioned in the medieval historic crime fiction I read. It's made from mixed grains of wheat and rye
As well as the mill being open for National Mills Day they had displays about wildlife. The Suffolk Wildlife Trust, RSPB, Hedgehog Rescue, Suffolk Bat Group etc, etc
The poster below is another reminder (after my post from a couple of weeks ago about forgotten bees) that shows again how important all bees are - not just honey bees.
There were a few craft stalls - this is home spun wool and felting
This display below shows all the colours that can be made from natural dyes
This below says that Godric was the first recorded miller here, he leased the original mill and land from Bury St Edmunds Abbey in the C11 and a copse of trees was planted from donations in 2016.
I picked up a leaflet from a new nursery selling unusual plants, they have a Garden Festival and open day next month that I'm going to visit.
A good morning out