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Holiday Picspam - Saturday 31st Jan - Sunday 1st Feb. 
8th-Feb-2009 10:15 am
On a ship that sailed the moon
Quote for the day
Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby.

Picspam ahead
We arrived at our holiday cottage in Foxhall just as the sunshine was giving way to the promised snow clouds. After a quick tour of the facilities (including a lesson on how to use the pool), we unpacked and settled in for the night.

The following morning, we stocked up for the week in the local supermarket and headed into Ipswich for a spot of sight-seeing while the weather was still fine.

They've ripped out the heart of old Ipswich and seem to have thrown up property with little thought of planning of any sort. There are a few historic buildings left, and we followed the town trail in search of them.

First was the wonderful Custom House on the quayside.
Ipswich Custom House
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As we braved the bitterly cold wind, with Ronnie wrapped in his fleece-lined overcoat, we found a more.

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Lord Nelson Pub
Lord Nelson, Ipswich

Victorian Bath House
Baths Ipswich
not nearly as impressive as the one at Gorton in Manchester where, in the early 1950s, I was bathed as a child and 'helped' Mum do the laundry.

Birthplace of Edith Maud Cook, England's first aviatrix.
Edith Maud Cook Birthplace Ipswich

Of course, no trip to a port would be complete without pictures of
Ipswich Marina Jan 31st 2009

Ipswich skyline is dominated by new, characterless buildings.

After a brief stop to buy gloves and a teacosy (I know, I know, there are hundreds at home), we drove back to the toasty warm cottage for afternoon tea.

Then I had my first swim in the pool, which, at 28degrees, MWNN declared was too cold for him.

8th-Feb-2009 10:53 am (UTC)
Gorgeous buildings.

(the Gorton Bathhouse is gorgeous though)
8th-Feb-2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
They were difficult to find amidst the modern tat.
8th-Feb-2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
Ipswich is indeed a bit of a mess!

8th-Feb-2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
I was shocked! Shocked I tell you. Woodbridge is has been tampered with far less. Pics tomorrow.
8th-Feb-2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
We have some lovely towns here

Ipswich isn't one of them!
8th-Feb-2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
I've had many a splendid holiday in some of your splendid towns in the past, especially the ones in Norfolk.
8th-Feb-2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
You know it had never really occured to me that Ipswich was a port! So your journal is both interesting and educational!
8th-Feb-2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
It's way up at the top of the estuary, a bit like Liverpool. And lets not forgot Salford Docks that were booming once the ship canal was built.

Educational huh? Score! You can be fairly certain that our holiday destinations usually include a stretch of navigable water with some sort of history attached.

Edited at 2009-02-08 16:08 (UTC)
8th-Feb-2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
Your pictures are lovely. My favourite are the ones of Lord Nelson Pub and the boatswith the pretty sky.What is a Custom House ?
8th-Feb-2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
I think it's the Duanes for all the ships entering and leaving port.
8th-Feb-2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
What a shame that they've destroyed what must have been a lovely old town. Thanks for sharing the good bits :)
8th-Feb-2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
I can't imagine what they were/are thinking. Probably jumping in on the expensive 'waterfront property sells at a premium' bandwagon before it crashed. Felixstowe, by comparison, still has the tacky sea-front 'amusements' and fish 'n' chippers, which must keep many a bored lorry driver happy and well fed as he waits for the next container. (Of course, we forgot to take the camera to Felixtowe so I have no pics to show.)
9th-Feb-2009 03:52 am (UTC)
Great pics- and I'm officially requesting some of Ronnie on vacation- in his fur-lined coat, if possible:-)
9th-Feb-2009 11:10 am (UTC)
Not possible, I'm afraid. He was out of camera range while wearing it. A switch was thrown on this trip and he went into full terrier hunt mode for the first time.

I'll try to get a pic of him wearing it on one of the local walks when the snow is gone.
10th-Feb-2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
I can't believe you had to go and buy a teacosy! :D

Lovely pictures - I've just scrolled back up and the waves in the port pic really looked as though they were moving. I've never been to Ipswich, though have an uncle who lives in Leiston which I assume is quite near there (he has an IP postcode, anyway).
11th-Feb-2009 12:21 am (UTC)
I can't believe you had to go and buy a teacosy!
Silly, isn't it? I even have one waiting to be sewn together - but that's promised as part of the pass it forward meme.

Luckily for your uncle, the IP postcode goes a long way out from Ipswich, .
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