We had the most fantastic day today in Suffolk, one of my favourite counties and just up the road. We decided to drive out to a little traditional village show, but stopped off in Ipswich to eat our picnic by the marina.
We idly looked in a skip on our way past a restaurant – well you have to, don’t you – and couldn’t believe what we saw. About 100 or so large white restaurant quality plates of various shapes and sizes and in perfect condition had been chucked in there! No one else appeared to have spotted them, so we picked out 6 round dinner plates, and 12 bowls, 6 round and 6 square. We would have taken more, but they were heavy and we had to lug them back to the car, and by then a crowd had gathered and started picking bits out. No one could believe they had just been dumped. The restaurant was closing down but it would have been a criminal waste to send them to the tip.
The marina has been hugely regenerated and is very smart these days, so it was a lovely place to watch the boats whilst we picnicked. We left in driving rain thinking the village show would be a wash out, but as we neared Butley, where the show was, it was suddenly dry!
We looked at the flower and produce show, watched an assortment of dogs running riot in the arena, bought some plants and a lovely Pyrex casserole dish on the WI stand, and finished it off with a cream tea, which at £2.75 each was an affordable treat. I love these traditional shows, and wish we had more in Essex!
We decided to drive onto Orford Ness – what a beautiful Suffolk village this is, with its own castle, lovely pubs, picture box cottages and it’s own RSPB reserve. We plan to go back to have a proper look when we have more time.
So a successful and enjoyable day :-).