People used to ask us what we did when we stayed in Mandalay – after all, it’s on a beach, away from the town, with, particularly out of season, times when there seems to be no-one around at all. Actually, that’s the joy of Mandalay; with the glass wall end to the sitting room, looking[…]
More sparrows flitting around Mandalay than we have ever had before. Their antics, together with the hooligan starlings, on the bird feeder, keep us entertained
One of the features of the Suffolk coast is the huge skies, accentuated by the relative flatness of the surrounding countryside. All of these pictures have been taken in, or around Mandalay in Ferry Road Southwold, so you too could enjoy some of the most beautiful sunsets from this wonderful beach location.
Southwold really gets into gear in August, with the town and beaches heaving with people on a sunny day – and we had plenty of both this year. Here are some photographs taken in August, that are so typical of Southwold.
No, not the one on Southwold beach, so don’t get too excited, but its namesake, as owned and built for David Bowie on Mustique. Here’s an extract from the Telegraph last Saturday: David Bowie’s Mustique holiday home By Christopher Middleton If ever a house came with GAT – that’s Glamour Added Tax – it would[…]
December in #Southwold has been a mixture of winter high winds, calm seas, and freezing and very mild weather. Take your pick, but that’s what makes winter interesting in Suffolk; there’s no guessing really what is coming next. The month started with a Christmas Fayre at the “Cathedral of the Marshes”, Blythburgh Church, where next[…]
Half term is over and the town returns to normal. If Southwold can ever be described as normal, that is. Sitting in Coasters restaurant on Thursday morning having a coffee, and Mr Turner ambles past – well not really Mr Turner, but Timothy Spall, who is here to talk at Ways with Words, the Literary[…]
There seem to have been more geese arriving over Southwold this year than I can ever remember- huge skeins of sometimes 300 or more, in close formation. The boating lake seems to attract rather smaller clientele. Plenty of sun left in Southwold in October, although it may be low in the morning Every year in[…]
Southwold’s first Arts festival at the end of the month, is sure not to be the last. A week of diverse entertainment from The Opera Babes performing arias in St Edmunds Church, to A 20 minute slideshow of families snapshots of their holidays in the 20s and 30s in #Southwold, with appropriate poetry and songs.[…]
Barely a week goes past in the national newspapers without a mention of the beach huts in Southwold. Why? Mainly because it seems difficult to believe that a 2 metre square shed with curtains can cost as much as £150,000. Trying to justify the cost though, is missing the point. What you are getting is[…]
If you are coming to stay at Mandalay on the beach in Southwold, there is another new attraction to enjoy in the town. Following a month’s concerted effort, the new Putting Green café has finally been officially opened, opposite Southwold Pier. Named the Café on the Green, it has been created in the Art Deco[…]
Mandalay Ted has returned from Harrogate to take up residence in the lifebelt again
In a time when high streets get more standardised all round the country, even though a few well=known names are creeping into Southwold, it boldly resists becoming a ubiquitous copy of every other town. Although the horse-drawn dray of Adnams is a distant memory, the summer months are brightened by a horse drawn wagon, which[…]
Mandalay Ted has finally been tracked down as he has been spotted in Harrogate, Yorkshire, although why he would want to leave Southwold for the frozen North is beyond us. It seems he may have been kidnapped by two other bears, named Henry and Charlie, although the attached picture may not be conclusive evidence that[…]
For years, Mandalay Ted has sat quietly in his lifebelt in the front bedroom, waiting for children to return year after year, but suddenly, this year in, in April, he has disappeared for an unplanned holiday to York, where he will be spending a couple of weeks. Luckily, his cousin, Temporary Ted from Birmingham was[…]
Although we haven’t suffered the flooding that has hit other parts of the country, we have had our fair share of high winds, and the result has been massive movements of sand from the beach onto the promenade, and in amongst the beach huts. When it did rain, often, we had bright sunshine a few[…]
Back in Mandalay, following numerous requests, we have re-instated a sofa, (not a sofabed) for those that like to curl up, but kept the most comfortable of the wicker chairs for others. Please let us know what you think of this change. We believe you will find it more comfortable.
The observant amongst you may have noticed that there were no Mandalay blogs in January, for the very good reason that we were very busy (in between appalling weather) with maintenance. For those of you who wanted to book a weekend in January, we are very sorry, But I am sure you will understand that[…]
It may only be the beginning of December, but we have lots of guests coming in this month, with the first arriving on Thursday, in time for the Southwold and Reydon Christmas Lights switch on, so the Christmas tree is ready for them, and I must say that it looks quite cheery in the porch.[…]
It may be almost December, but there is still an amazing amount of garden colour in the Southwold area – probably because we haven’t had heavy frosts yet, and as always, it’s remarkably dry. All of these photo were taken in our Reydon garden, and at Mandalay, there are nasturtiums and lavatera still managing to[…]