THINKING OF HOLIDAYS
"After a very early start, we arrived at Chestnutt Cottage about 9.00a.m . We set off walking across the marshes to the pier and then ran, as fast as we could, along the promenade to find our beach hut.
"We just love to have the sands and wide sea all to ourselves, finding that our holidays out of season are often the best, though admittedly we pack warm, wet weather clothing too. ".
"Our hut ( the white one ) has a smart, new felt roof. Thankyou very much Adam (R&S builders Southwold) for mending it so promptly - just in time as it happens !
Heavy rain fell soon after it was finished.
We are very pleased with it. The hot summer sun had caused the old felt to crack - and- when the rains did come,
we found a very soggy hut when we opened up the doors.
Luckily Adam was working nearby and came to our aid.
He kept us informed throughout the mend .
We can highly recommend him.”
November 03rd, 2018
Southwold Festival : 8 - 12 November 2018 Ways with Words
Each November Ways With Words runs a literature festival in the lovely seaside resort of Southwold, Suffolk - a popular retreat for artists and writers over the years.
Chestnutt Cottage is only 20 minute walk away from the Market Square and makes an ideal base from which to enjoy the many talks and events.
To find out more about the details and programme
Drive along narrow, winding lanes, across the flat Suffolk landscape of the Deben peninsular to eventually arrive at a vast expanse of undulating shingle, stone waves extending as far as you can see towards the horizon. An empty, atmospheric mysterious, place - "full of the healing sea, wind and silence", as described in 'THE SHINGLE STREET SHELL LINE', (a beautiful little book and, by the way, a perfect holiday souvenir, if there are any left in your local book shop.
The book tells the story ,in photos and words of two childhood friends who , over time created this extraordinary line of shells from their holiday cottage to the shoreline,
Watch the kite surfers - amazing! skimming the surface of the lagoon at great speed- an incredible display of acrobatics , strength, skill and agility- a joy to watch. As the tide comes in they 'jumped the bar' setting off towards the horizon, flying further up into the air, lifted by the winds. Today, we met their coach-who is obviously very good at his job indeed. He even offered to teach us!
i have been trying to post a short video of a 3 min film, but have had no success so far. BUT - I have now looked on Google to see what I was doing wrong and hopefully this will work this time .
Actually, I don't expect I will be able to post the film as it is apparently in the wrong format for a Weebly site, but I can explain how the film was made.
Our son filmed it as part of super 8 film challenge. The participants were invited to film a 3 minute film- with NO editing, before the films were shown in a Central London cinema to a large audience. He chose Easter Sunday and filmed it in Southwold - much of it from our beach hut. It is shot from one high tide to the next, so, In a 3 minute time slot.. shows 12 hours of this very special place on the edge of the Suffolk Heritage coast,
Imagine how nervous the filmmakers must have been. They had planned their filming , but had not seen if their ideas had worked out as they hoped. They were to see the finished results in the company of experts in their field. The film may not have worked at all. The light may have ruined it. Their plans might have failed completely.
We feel he captures the timeless essence of a place where you can experience a traditional sea side holiday building memories for your family to last a lifetime. Those from my childhood resonate with me still.
For the moment though, I cannot work out how to post the MP4, so if you would like to watch it I have posted it on my face book page, the Southwold Holiday page and on the Southwold Beach hut with nearby holiday page.
I hope you enjoy it.
January 12th, 2018
I love this film. it was shot on Easter Sunday a few years ago by our son on super 8 film. He had accepted the challenge to shoot on a cine camera a 3 minute film and then, send it , unseen and unedited to the organisers. Later the films were shown -
We had such a lovely day yesterday! It was one of those cold, bright, winter days- an ideal day to start to thinking about Christmas. We went first to The Christmas Market at The Cut at Halesworth and made a good start on our Christmas shopping.
For those of you who don't know about The Cut it is a thriving centre for arts in the community and offers music, theatre, dance, comedy, cinema, workshops and art exhibitions to the local area.It also hosts a renowned Christmas Market , held over a weekend throughout the building. Makers of all kinds, display their wares. Amongst others we met
Mandy Walden ( https://www.mandywaldenartistprintmaker.co.uk/) and
Brie Harrison (https://www.brieharrison.com),
all of whose work we greatly admire. As you can imagine. we managed to solve a few of our Christmas gift problems.
After a delicious lunch in the bustling cafe we set off for nearby Southwold to share the festivities of a street market in the 'closed for traffic' High Street, leaving the car on the off road parking space at Chestnutt Cottage.
A good move as it turned out. Parking in Southwold was very busy indeed and we enjoyed our winter's afternoon walk along Gorse Lane and the 'Gorse Lane tunnel' to Mights Bridge,before crossing the road at the roundabout by The Blyth Hotel to walk on the hedged path towards the stalls on the 'now pedestrianised' High Street.
Two friendly little reindeers were the centre of attention. I hadn't realised how furry their antlers were!
Music was played and choirs sang - till at 5pm ,the Mayor of Southwold, Matthew Horwood, and David Burrows, the new Town Crier, gave the news from the Town Hall Balcony,that Santa Claus would soon be arriving. The crowd cheered. Santa then led the count down to the Switching on of the Southwold Lights and ,on the count of 1, on went the Southwold Lights and to the singing of 'Away in a Manger' Christmas for all of us sharing this celebration had properly begun.
We are a family of artists who love Suffolk and Southwold.