Huge numbers of geese fly over Mandalay in Southwold in late November, as they do every afternoon, before returning to the marshes . If your volume is down, you should turn it up to get the full experience
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
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.
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[…]
Crisp bright mornings and long shadows on late autumn sunshine afternoons are the norm at this time of year. Perfect for dog walking, or just a stroll along the beach to walk off a late lunch…
Although the days are drawing in, and the clocks go back at the end of the month, there are still plenty of delightful views available for the observant photographer near Mandalay in Southwold. The light at this time of year is always soft, and backgrounds of green change now to buffs and brown, and the[…]
What a summer it’s been, after a dreadful cold start to the year, everything is bone dry now in Southwold, and the sun seems to never stop shining. To be fair, it’s probably been like that in most of the country, the difference being that we’re by the sea, and they probably aren’t. It will[…]
After much thought and discussion with guests who use Mandalay, we have finally installed WiFi. The arguments for and against were evenly matched – some said they relished the opportunity to be uncontactable on holiday, whilst others reckoned they would be better able to run their businesses while still enjoying a holiday. Overall, we think[…]
In my blog yesterday, I confidently assumed that we had seen the last of the snow. How wrong can you be?
I knew that it was too good to be true; a few days of warmer weather does not mean Spring has arrived, particularly when the wind then swings round to the North-East and brings a dump of snow from Siberia and dumps it on the first available land-mass. Us. Hopefully, it won’t last long, and[…]
Blue skies and sun – could it be the start of Spring at last? Either way, it’s more than welcome after some cloudy cold days, and just the chance to go for a long walk in the sun is bliss.
Christmas came and went without very much snow, but in reality, it was being saved for January, and as always, Southwold and Mandalay in the snow is really special. No need to also suffer the cold, as Mandalay is centrally heated, and has double glazing, so look out at the winter world in snug, comfortable,[…]
So many weekends late in the year are bright and clear, and the light levels over Southwold produce some wonderful photographic opportunities, or just the chance to enjoy enjoy the wonderful scenery.
A trip to Snape Maltings today for a special lunch, gave us the opportunity to wander around the shops there, and although we don’t spend a lot of time shopping normally, this really is a special place. The huge open space of the main gallery is beautifully laid out, particularly now that we are not[…]
Now that the town is gradually emptying in the run-up until Christmas, it’s time to enjoy the autumnal feel of Southwold, with haymaking in the fields behind Mandalay, the late flowering plants, and of course blackberry picking. The sunsets were taken from The Perch in Ferry Road, courtesy of Gillian and Ian, and show the[…]
Now that the main holiday season is over for this year, we are given a chance to revisit some of our favourite haunts, and although on the face of it, no-one would want to go to a nuclear power station, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Sizewell beach, near Leiston and Aldeburgh, about 10 miles[…]
One of the best ways to see the wildlife near to Southwold is to take the circular footpath that circumnavigates the town. The scenery changes from shoreline to river bank, reed beds, meadowland and hedgerows. Hence there is a considerable variety of habitats to support the bird, mammal, insect, amphibian, fish and reptile life. Winter provides[…]
There is something magical about sitting out in the sun on the wooden deck at Mandalay, overlooking the beach at this time of year, as now is the time that the skylark, which nests in the sand dunes, does its magical vertical ascent, singing its heart out as it rises, until it is just a[…]
Well, it didn’t happen this year, but there is something magical about being in Mandalay when there is snow on the ground all around. The surprising fact (to me anyway) is that the snow settles on the beach right down to the water’s edge – you would think the salt content would prevent it, but[…]
We have a regular visitor who comes late in the season every year, a University Professor, who spends a week in Mandalay on project work. He plonks two laptops on a table in front of the French doors looking out to sea, and spends the week in splendid isolation (he relishes the fact that he[…]