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Back to the busy roads and towns of England, back to the hospitality of Ian and jacqui's drive and back to MOT and service. We had a lovely lunch with Jill and John at the Bear in Moreton Jacqui got to catch up with people and we saw Roxy, we also popped into the Fleur to see folks we had missed on other times back home.
My big birthday was spent at Lesley's fabulous barn with the girls, Jordan and of course Andy. So lovely when we are all together and a joint party to see Jordan off to New York, what a fantastic opportunity which he greatly deserves. To see all the off spring enjoying their preferred profession, is very pleasing to a parent. Them being happy makes it easier for us to do this trip.
Jacqui's mum and dad, driven by Pat, came over on a bit of a tour of the country side and we had lunch and cake made by Lesley.
More friends at the weekend, but Jacqui and I also enjoyed a bit of luxury for a while. Not that we would swap Friday. Jolly nice cards and presents, but, as Ian commented, what a mix of people we have as friends. Thanks to them all
Still can't work out where that time went!
Off on the road again, cue Willie Nelson, to East Anglia again to catch up with Derek and Lorna. He had found what turned out to be a really sweet CL in Flempton, no we hadn't heard of it either. Usual lovely food, they cooked a very good example of an Italian dish, pancakes Valdostana. And I got another cake, that made 4 birthday cakes, aren't I lucky! We visited Bury St Edmunds for a second time and it was just as enchanting, still loads of British history left to discover.
Keeping to that theme, we moved on toward Harwich and stopped at Colchester, where Boudicca had her famous, but bloody, victory. This city of the tattoo, is the most mixed up place we have been to. Lots of history and the normal perceived culture, art spaces and the like; then run down places in the town centre full of tattoo studios, I hope in homage to it's famous tattooed conqueror. There was lots of local colour, lots of performance in local pubs and then gentile English tea shops, bit like Berlin really!
Vintage bus ride

Vintage bus ride

The village we camped at was close by Flatford Mill and we walked there the next morning and then onto Dedham. This area has changed a lot since Constable and Gainsborough where painting here, but still lovely.
Flatford Mill

Flatford Mill

The Haywain 2016

The Haywain 2016

Later that day we travelled along the coast, hoping to find a place to park to explore a bit more but typically there was nothing big enough for us. We arrived at Harwich with time to spare and even had a perfectly good dinner in Morrisons. We parked in the ferry terminal overnight ready for the ferry the next morning.

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Sp not many a raucous night at the Bear Mor ton in the Marsh!
Spent 53 years of my life at Fire Service College there. Some happy memories, some dreadful! Happy Birthday!

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