Sunday, 20 September 2015

Keeping the home fires burning and a walk on the beach

As it's looking unlikely that we will move before winter Col decided to ring the skip hire place on Friday and ask them for a load of scrap wood. One load or two they asked? We get it for free as they are glad to get rid of it.The first load which arrived just 15 minutes later wasn't very big
and we soon got it shifted into the shed. The second load was bigger and was delivered just minutes before we had 5 hours of heavy rain. So we left it out until late Saturday to dry off a bit before piling it up in the shed out of the weather.
Some of the wood is quite small and a bit rubbishy (old trellis) but one of the rules of  heating your home with free wood is Never say No!

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Aldeburgh beach was almost empty when we went down for a walk  on Saturday morning, the first picture is the view North with the dome of Sizewell B Power Station, 4 miles up the coast, on the left. The grey buildings are Sizewell A which is no longer in use and is being decommissioned. The village is Thorpeness which is just a mile and a bit from Aldeburgh,  from here that you can see how far Thorpeness Point reaches out into the North Sea because Sizewell looks as if it is miles inland.

The Power Station is where the n of Leiston is on the map
 and then looking South to the Martello tower in the distance. This belongs to the Landmark Trust and you can rent it for a holiday home

Is this a giant rock with a hole through laying on the beach or a small hag stone right up against the camera lens...............
 My thumb in the corner gives the game away!

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What does a good Dad do when he gets an urgent call from our youngest daughter to say their arrangements for getting to Stansted airport had fallen through and please could he pick them up at 2am to take them down to Essex catch their plane. Of course he said yes.
 So a bit of a disturbed night was had by both of us. I hope they have a good holiday!

Back when I've recovered  from lack of sleep
Sue



28 comments:

  1. That's a good pile of wood! You'll be needing it. The weather has certainly turned of late. My heating has been on a couple of times this last week. X

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  2. Can anyone get wood from skip hire places or do you know them?

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  3. Do you never go beach combing for driftwood? Some people make sculptures from it and jewellery out of sea glass. Our range is lit and it's pouring down here in Ireland.

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  4. Love free wood! Our wood shed is full again and ready for a new winter. A really nice feeling. Can't beat a wood fire on a cold winters day. Pam in Norway

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  5. I really enjoyed your blog posting today. Lots of wonderful memories from growing up in Suffolk. We lived very close to a small wood and heath land. We always picked up any wood on the ground to bring home for the fire that was usually heated with coal.

    Loved that Col answered the urgent call - isn't that was a dad is for?

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  6. Thank you for reminding me of our lovely holiday in Aldebrough - the beach was deserted when we were there early in the season. Any good Dad would do the same Col. Sleep well tonight.

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  7. Free wood, its sods law now you have got the wood perhaps a buyer will emerge.
    We would do anything for our son like most parents.

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  8. What a good wood haul! A wood burner is on my wish list for next year. Like most parents we would move heaven and earth to help our children.....even at 2am!!

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  9. I love Aldeburgh, Bill works in a hotel garden there one a week, lucky thing.
    Well even though you are nicely stocked with wood, I do hope you get to move before winter sets in. You never know! x

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  10. One more point for the parents!
    xx

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  11. Free wood is good wood, its a shame you havent had an offer yet but you never know, thats a lovely stone you found I have never managed to find one with a hole in it but keep looking :-)

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    1. They are easy to find on Aldeburgh beach as it's all stones and pebbles. I've got about 20 threaded onto a wire hanging on my shed to keep the witches away!

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  12. This may seem like a silly question, but it's a serious one to me. I live in Virginia in the USA. The cities in my are named after those in the UK. Locals pronounced the names in a way that they roll off the tongue. Like: Norfolk is pronounced Norfik and Suffolk is pronounced Suffix. Is it the same in the UK? 'Enquiring' minds want to know!!!!

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    1. We pronounce Suffolk as Sufferk and Norfolk as Norferk. Hope that helps! Suffolk and Norfolk are Counties on the East Coast of England - the bit that sticks out into the North Sea. We are mainly rural and agricultural. Ipswich is the County Town of Suffolk and Norwich in Norfolk. Norwich is the only City

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    2. It also means the home of the North folk, and the home of the South folk. But I suppose that's obvious.

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  13. I don't think kids ever stop needing their parents. I wish we lived a bit closer to the coast, I do like to walk along the beach and Archie does too, he'd love to take his daily walks there.

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  15. Aldeburgh is lovely. Anything free is a bargain. Carry on regardless as they say. Sure a buyer will be along soon.

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  16. I shall tell my son about skip wood. Did you bring the hag stone home?

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  17. I must visit Aldeburgh again one day. I remember it fondly from a childhood holiday at the age of nine. Apart from that is, my brother putting a starfish down the neck of my T-shirt! x

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  18. Love Aldeburgh. We also headed to the beach this weekend to enjoy the sunshine, with a trip to Felixstowe yesterday, as it's that bit closer to Hadleigh. I'm afraid to show your post to my husband as he's always on the hunt for fuel for our woodburner and it might give him ideas!

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  19. Love, love Aldeburgh and all that coast ... we had a tour of Sizewell B on our last visit - boy, was it hot in there! Love the walk from Aldeburgh to Thorpeness and from Snape to Iken ... such happy memories of the place (staying at the Wentworth Hotel, a lovely country house hotel by the sea.)
    Margaret P

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  20. PS I believe that Norah Lofts, who wrote the lovely town house trilogy, lived in Hadleigh and some of her novels, including the town house trilogy, were set in Bury St Edmunds (Baildon in the novels.)
    Margaret P

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    1. Norah Lofts actually lived in a very old house in Bury St Edmunds. She had a researcher working for her who spent hours in the reference library in the town when I worked there in the early 1970s. NLs real name was Mrs Yorish ( or something like that). I don't know if the reference librarian at the time ever got a mention of thanks in any of NLs books, she used to spend a lot of time finding stuff for the researcher.

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    2. Oh, thanks for that info, Sue! I loved her town house series (just three books). I understood she had lived in Hadleigh, but obviously I was wrong.
      I love Bury St Edmunds as much as Aldeburgh! Well, almost. Last time we were there we had tea in a tea garden in which there was an aviary with lovely birds in it ... can't quite remember where it was, perhaps near the Abbey ruins.
      Margaret P

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  21. Who knows...maybe a shed full of free heat will be a big plus to a buyer...assuming you plan to leave behind what you haven't used. Yup, my husband would get up at 2 a.m. anytime to take our kids (37 and 39) wherever they needed to go. It's in the dad's job description, right?

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  22. Fabulous stone! Hope you took it home! xx

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