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[…]
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 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.[…]
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…
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?
There have been various comments in the Visitors Book at Mandalay about a seagull, who for the sake of identity, we will call Sammy, who hangs around the cottage constantly, in the hopes that the occupants will chuck some bread out for him. The distinguishing feature of Sammy from the other gulls is that he[…]
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.
Ever since we have owned Mandalay, which is now 14 years, we have resisted the temptation to re-instate a telephone in the cottage, primarily because we felt that many people relished the prospect of being uncontactable during their precious holiday time. As years went by, mobile phones meant that the need for a telephone line[…]
If you have stayed in the past at Mandalay, you will know that the bedroom nearest the sea has always been a cosy place to stay, and the sound of the waves can lull you to sleep, or gently rouse you in the mornings. We felt that the fabric needed some tidying up, and so[…]
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.
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[…]
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[…]