RamsholtChurchSometimes I doubt that I’ll ever get used to the weather here, nor fully accept the fact that it changes hour by hour most days rather than day by day. We started out with sunny skies while we were having our morning coffee, then had a wet and rainy mid-morning drive up to Ipswich. By the time we were finished with our appointments there, the skies were clearing and the wind was picking up as we headed out to the coast for lunch. As I sit down at home to write this evening, the sky is blue, the sun is shining, and the air is soft and gentle. Something for everyone, I guess! The one constant throughout the day has been the incredible array of blossoms and wildflowers that grow against the backdrop of a brilliant green landscape. England at its springtime best!

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We ate a marvelous lunch of pork belly and bubble & squeak at the acclaimed Ramsholt Arms overlooking the River Deben, then made our way to the old Ramsholt Church nearby.

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One of only 38 round tower churches in Suffolk, it was built in the thirteenth century and is still in use today, though it was derelict for a while with restoration beginning in the 1950’s.

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I was particularly taken with the box pews, which I hadn’t ever seen before. Outside, the churchyard was both wild and serene, with a profustion of wildflowers growing amongst gravestones that date to as far back as the 18th century.

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