On Saturday after a bit of housework in the morning I got on the bike after lunch. I had found a few nice bike rides in South Norfolk on the internet and decided to explore one around the river Waveney. I had to cycle to the starting point near Earsham first, adding a few miles to the overall distance, but it was such a nice day and it wasn't very far.
A tree in the overgrown, neglected graveyard just bursting into leaf
Time to leave the church behind and be on my way - I haven't even made it to the starting point of the cycle route yet.
This is a house in Earsham, on the way to Bungay. I liked the way the extension was done. Wonder if that would be approved with today's strict planning regulations...
Almshouses in Bungay
Ellingham Mill, again now a private house.
The church at Ellingham. I like the photo of the window where you can partially see inside and partially see the reflection of the stonework. The house next door is presumably the rectory - quite a large house, obviously a well-to-do church! Unusually this church was locked.
Onwards towards Geldeston Locks, which marks the turning around point for my ride.
This was a lovely spot. You turn off the 'main road' in Geldeston, which is pretty small anyway, onto an unsurfaced track. You're surrounded by flat landscape, very marshlike, with no visible signs of human habitation - only there had been a sign for a pub down this track. After a mile or so you suddenly spot the pub right on the banks of the river. The garden was filled with happy pub customers having their first drink of the year outside.
Apparently in the sixties the landlady of the pub used to live upstairs in the winter, as the river regularly burst its banks and presumably still so. B. knew about this pub and said they have their electricity by generator as they're too far out. In the first photo you can see where wherries used to dock (lower left corner).
All Hallow's in Ditchingham, now a Christian retreat but a school in the past - in fact, this is where B's sister went to school.
The following day was a day trip to London with 14yo (which deserves a blog post of its own) and we managed to walk 8 miles... I definitely did more than my fair share of exercise last weekend!