Monday, 28 September 2009

St Ives Camping Trip - The Walk

The campsite owner, David, showed us a walking route which we followed after breakfast on Saturday - we crossed various farmers lands until reaching the village - we worked up a great appetite for lunch. The pub was quaint and served delicious meals which we ate sitting outside in their garden - note the date on pub sign. In addition to the cows, sheep, horses and beautiful scenery viewed while walking, we came across a flower show being held by the local church - outside were the prize-winning marrow and squash entries! Another lovely site was the tables outside people's homes laden with apples / jams for sale and honesty boxes for payment - just one of the many clues to the start of Autumn and the harvest season.
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Walking through the Ashdown Forest - a good way to end our camping trip

The famous "Pooh Sticks" Bridge for those who love Winnie the Pooh. The creator of the Pooh stories, AA Milne lived in this area and his stories were based on his son, Christopher and his facvourite toy bear and the enchanting places he played in.

On the way home we parked at one of the many allocated areas which overlook the South Downs and took a stroll in the heathland of the Ashdown Forest

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Sunday, 20 September 2009

Harvest Festival @ Jimmy's Farm

Delicious tasting hog rolls (fresh from the spit), cold ciders, warm coffees, funky music - wonderful tastes and sounds experienced this weekend when we visited Jimmy's Farm in Suffolk with our friends, Catherine and Duncan. Jimmy's farm is a working farm and open to the public 7 days a week. The farm is the home of the rare breed Essex pig and is well known for its pork products sold from the farm shop. We enjoyed a day of browsing around the farm - we visited the gardens, stared at the mouth-watering looking sausages in the farm shop, watched a cooking demonstration and relaxed on our picnic blankets while listening to the music. The guest artist was KT Tunstall - definitely a highlight of the day. We stayed overnight at a B&B and after a leisurely breakfast took a drive to the seaside village - Aldeburgh before driving home. To find out more about the places we visited, click on

Jimmy's Farm


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Jimmy's Farm continued...

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Proms in the Park - Hyde Park Sept09

BBC Proms in the Park forms part of the UK Classical Calendar. Hyde Park is one of the parks that take part - people bring their picnic baskets and enjoy an outdoor concert with a mixture of classical and popular music with guest artists. Barry Manilow and Katherine Jenkins were 2 of the guests this year. For the second half of the evening the park is linked up via big screens to the Last Night of the Proms being held in the Royal Albert Hall. The evening ends with everyone joining in the singing of the National Anthem, Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory etc with a firework display to mark the finale. We joined Nico, Lize and Sue for the evening.
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Proms in the Park continued...

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