Our very own Annette’s weekend

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Our Business Development Manager made the most of the stunning weather and the wide variety of actives which can be enjoyed in this special sully county.

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The weekend started with an daily dog walk along the coastal path which leads from Aldeburgh to Thorpeness; at this time of year it can be busy and, as our dog (appropriately named Kipper now that we live near the sea) isn’t too friendly I like to get out early to avoid any confrontations so we see the boats coming in and the fishermen setting up their stalls ready to sell fresh fish to customers later in the day.

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With a teenage daughter shopping is high on the list of activities and, although I’m spoilt by the independent shops of Aldeburgh, the younger generation needs a dose of high street brands every now and again so we headed off to Bury St Edmunds – quite a drive but well worth the trouble; returning home with many bags having had an excellent lunch in the sunny square with buskers playing a spot of locally talented Ed Sheeran, amongst other musicians!

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Having sated the appetite of one teenager I had another to entertain and I have to confess his choice was more up my street, being a outdoors freak, and what a perfect summer’s day it was.  My son made the biggest investment of his life (to date) last week and is now the joint owner of a 404 sailing boat (apologies experts for any technical mistakes here – I’m a novice!).  Back in Aldeburgh, we cycled down to Slaughden Sailing Club at the far end of town where the boat’s mored and he and his ‘mate’ set sail!  It was a stunning evening; after a glass of wine on the club deck chatting to fellow members it was time for fish and chips so I headed into town whilst the other parents walked along the sea wall to check up on the crew.  Contrary to popular belief the fish and chips from the Golden Galleon in town are just as good as those from the Aldeburgh fish and chip shop, and, as the queue was shorter, I headed there.  Officially they close at 8pm but the owners run a tight ship (haha) and customers were still being served when I left at 8.30pm.  SSC (Slaughden Sailing Club) is a fantastic facility and they welcome temporary members so, if you’re a sailor coming for a holiday in Aldeburgh, look into the options.  We had the key code for the club lounge (ok, sounds a bit posh which it’s not) and had the most perfect evening with two exhilarated and hungry young men and three not so young adults!

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Determined to make the most of the amazing weather I headed off for a bike ride on Sunday with the Saxons running club which I’m a member – ok, we weren’t running today and I thank God as we went 40 miles!  Due to meet at Snape Maltings at 9am, I’d cut it a bit short so had to sprint from Aldeburgh to Snape, arriving in a sweat – little did I know what was in store.  Joking apart, we had the most amazing day cycling around Suffolk but don’t ask me where exactly – landmarks were the campsite in Rendelsham Forest (where I enjoyed a Magnum for medicinal purses); Butley Priory, Sudbourne Hall, the Jolly Sailor in Orford (yes, that’s a pub and boy did I need it!); Snape Maltings and Sailor’s Path which has to be one of the most beautiful footpaths in the UK and runs from Snape to Aldeburgh.  Both Rendlesham and Tunstall Forests are fantastic places to explore by foot, bike or horseback.  We did part of the Viking Trail which was really challenging on a single undulating track with snakes and tree stumps to contend with, cycled along sandy trails, through a cabbage field and past pig farms – it was a real adventure but I have to say that the road home from Orford to Snape was a dream after the leg shattering pre pub section.

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