Precious few April showers this year, so to make up for it, May has produced some spectacularly inappropriate weather. Thunder, lightning and storm clouds to look like the end of the world. Hey Ho, it can only get better?
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
These stunning videos were all made at the Hen reedbeds just outside Southwold in mid October 2020
Now and again, I come across a photo of Mandalay online which I think is worthy of inclusion on a blog. This is a photo of an American WW2 Mustang fighter, of a type that would have accompanied American bombers on their daylight raids in the latter part of the war. Prior to their inclusion[…]
So sad that we have to go into a second lockdown in November due to the escalation of the Corona virus nationally, although Suffolk is by no means as bad as other parts of the country. Guests at Mandalay are opting for later in the year or next year, on the understanding that if there[…]
One of the curious things that has happened to the surroundings at Mandalay, is the changes to the dunes between the cottage and the sea. Over the winter, scouring tides eroded the dunes quite severely, leaving virtually an eight foot high sandy cliff edge on the edge of the beach. The high surge tides on[…]
Well, here we are in early August 2020, and after 3 months of Lockdown due to the Corona virus , and a month of easement, Mandalay is back in full occupancy. In the meantime, we have had only one outright cancellation, with other guests postponing their visits either until later in the year, or having[…]
It’s rather strange cycling through Southwold during the lockdown, but it does enable you to enjoy the more or less uncluttered streets and paths.
I know this is a few years old, so some things may have changed a bit inside Mandalay in Southwold, Suffolk, but in these days of the corona virus shutdown, I thought it would be nice to have an opportunity to take a look again
IMG_8052 IMG_8138 IMG_8074 Over the winter, there are often tides at Southwold that are higher than usual, and 11th of February 2020 was no exception. Don’t worry, though, as no flood water has reached Mandalay; even in the great floods of 1953, Mandalay was surrounded by water, but not flooded.
In early 2020, we improved the decking at Mandalay looking towards the sea, with special 10mm thick toughened glass panels, to help keep the worst of the breeze off you, if you are sitting out enjoying the weather. It has the added advantage of stopping the plants in pots being wind blasted, as the[…]
Easter. April 2020. These are strange, and worrying times that we are currently living in. As you might expect, our visitors to Mandalay are staying away, and by and large, planning to come later in the year, or next year. At the same time, Southwold has the[…]
At this time of year, autumn, Southwold and Suffolk in general, attract huge numbers of migrant geese. Most of the time, they rest on the marshes, but every now and again, they all take off for what presumably is a recreational flight en masse, and frequently, that means skeins fly over, and around Mandalay, which[…]
For no very good reason at all, I havent put a blog up here for quite a while. Not because nothing has happened, I just never quite got round to it. And then I forgot the login name and password…. Back to action now then, and a quick update at things at Mandalay since the[…]
Well, January is out the way, and after weeks of work, we have carried out quite a lot of jobs in Mandalay. The bathroom has been completely re-furbished, although you might, at first glance not notice it; some of the walls have been replaced, there is a brand new bath, new tiling, and much re-siting[…]
Wonderful cakes and coffee at The Swan in Southwold market place in the High Street, and all in aid of MacMillan nurses. Possibly the ultimate in pleasant morning occupations
There’s something about late summer at #Mandalay in #Southwold, where skies seem even larger than usual, and the colours of sunsets, and the patterns of clouds have to be experienced to be believed
The circus comes to Southwold High Street Well, not literally, of course, as Health and Safety alone would be enough to stop that these days, but the Southwold Arts festival week at the end of June, commenced with a parade down the High Street, where the shops and offices celebrated the theme of the circus, in[…]
Taken just along the road by another Ferry Road owner – this must be one of the best sunrise pictures of 2016. Well, it’s certainly the earliest… Stunning
January is always our month for doing major reconstruction work to Mandalay, and this year is no exception. . The extension to the front deck has given us more space for sitting and eating, offers more sunshine earlier in the day at the front, and a cracking view of Southwold town. The new storage box[…]
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[…]