Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Pride - Suffolk v. London

Suffolk held it's first Pride parade this year 0n the 21st June, a small but well natured event the parade wended its way along the waterfront at Ipswich. The sun shone, people smiled and there was some great entertainment

In contrast the London Pride parade was massive, didn't have quite the same atmosphere as Suffolk though. The weather had forecast rain from midday and, on cue, as the parade started the heaven's opened.

Friday, 6 June 2014

Bury St Edmunds Veterans mark 70th anniversary of D-Day

A small gathering of veterans and their families met in the Abbey gardens rose garden to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Whether you agree with war or not (and I am one of the latter) these men probably didn't have a choice. Thank you Gentlemen.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Maldon Mud Race 2014

Once again the sun shone on Maldon as hundreds of people prepared to race across the river Blackwater, and thousands more watched. The race is tide dependant so a lot of time was spent waiting for the tide to go out so that the race could start, people started bagging their viewing points at least 3 hours before the race started. It's not a long race but it is a hard one, all the participants obviously enjoyed the challenge and raised money for charity too. You can read more about the race on the Maldon Mud Race website. I took lot of photos so they have been spread across two albums

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Classic Vehicle Run, Ipswich to Felixstowe - 2014

Once again a large number of vehicles attended the Ipswich to Felixstowe Classic vehicle run, so many that they stretched from just past the Pier to the Millennium path. They ran out of prom in the end so a couple were left out in the road. This year there was the addition of coach built prams. We opted to go to the Felixstowe end to take photos this time, luckily it was a dry day, unlike last year.

The event is run by the Ipswich Transport Museum. So a well done to them. Also a well done to them for when my autistic grandson visited with his mum and dad, the staff were all very understanding of a child who didn't understand "No" signs. They obviously noticed his excitement at seeing the buses and very kindly let him go on a couple, so a big thank you to them for that.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

It's a Beautiful Day.....

......Even though it's raining.

I donned waterproofs and wandered off to Hardwick Heath for a damp walk. I was rewarded with the sound of song thrushes, singing blackbirds and a cheeky woodpecker hopping up and down a fence.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Day of the Butterflies (and a few more creatures)

Thursday, a couple of days after bad news, we needed to de-stress and revitalize. What better way than to get out in the sunshine and head off to the countryside. We first found ourselves at Kings Forest near West Stow, what a beautiful place to just wander and drink in the joys of nature. The amount of butterflies we saw was amazing. After a walk through the forest we headed off for a picnic lunch by the River Lark at West Stow, followed by a walk around the lake.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Holi Festival of Colour - Ipswich 2014

The colourful festival of Holi is celebrated in early Spring. Apparently the Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. It's a day of happiness and joy where people dab each other with colour, hug and wish each other Happy Holi. The Ipswich event, held in Holywells Park and organised by ISIA has such a great atmosphere, everyone having fun, coloured powder everywhere, a smile on everyone's face.

(I never know whether to make the slideshow auto play or not - any viewers of the blog will have to let me know their preference.)