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tu 15 Dec

If we've done the sum right the Suffolk Land Rover Owners Club have raised over £6,000 for charity this year, primarily Cancer Care in Suffolk.

th 3 Dec

Looks like harassing the Knodishall village shop has moved to the garage on the road to Aldeburgh near Snape.

sa 7 Nov

Despite pitch black and incessant rain it was all we could do to get through the door at Bawdsey Village Hall last night it was so crowded for the private view of photographs, paintings, prints, digital art and ceramics to benefit St Mary's, Bawdsey.  The show is open to the public today until 4pm and perhaps like us you too will be fooled by Sophia Rogers' monochrome pieces.

we 4 Nov

Oh dear, the Knodishall shop was burgled Monday night.

we 28 Oct

The Knodishall Butcher's Arms is for sale and why is some of the same stuff more expensive in the Aldeburgh Solar than the Framlingham one?  Is it because they're posher in Aldeburgh?  Well that'll teach 'em.

th 15 Oct

In the new poly tunnel at Coldfair Green School

Down Judith Avenue in Knodishall is a whole world we didn't know about including Coldfair Green School.  With help from parents and agencies like Eastfeast the two existing raised beds at the back of the school have been lowered (they were too high for the children) and the timber used in the new poly tunnel.  The tunnel will enable the school to produce a wider range of vegetables to eat.  At the front of the school what was a brambles jungle is becoming a Sandlings garden to provide a home for local endangered plants.  Great stuff!

mo 28 Sep

The Constabulary want you to have your say, for near the coasters at the Orwell High School, Felixstowe ... that's convenient isn't it?

fr 17 Jul

So far at Latitude one arrest for theft, one drink/drive and three vehicle seizures for no insurance.

th 11 Jun

If local MP Sir Michael Lord becomes the next speaker then much of near the coast won't have much choice at the following election because by convention the major opposition parties do not contest the speaker's seat ... mind you as deputy speaker he doesn't vote now anyway.

fr 4 Jun

Yesterday's European elections certainly brought out Yesterday's ballot papersthe nutters indeed the ballot paper could have easily been confused with a tabloid newspaper.  In the traditional slow Suffolk manner we're still waiting for the results.

11:45am  Results starting to come in

12:55pm  District bye election result

01:05pm  Beginning to look pretty bad for Labour, an indy got in here

01:15pm  Turnout across the county looks like upper 30s%

01:50pm  Good news for trees, a Green in at Upper Gipping

02:05pm  Lib Dem Caroline Page takes Woodbridge from Tories

02:10pm  Finally, in Ipswich a Labour win

02:11pm  49% turnout in Woodbridge for Caroline Page's win

02:16pm  Conservative Patricia O'Brien returned for Martlesham

02:40pm  2nd Lab win, in Ipswich again but squeaky close (13 votes).  Still waiting for the east and south of the county

02:47pm  Michael Bond (Con) in at Wickham.  He's a district and parish councillor too, what a busy chap

02:50pm  Bored now

02:52pm  European election results not until Sunday night

02:57pm  A Green came second in Bungay and Halesworth

03:07pm  Looks like East Suffolk doesn't want anyone looking at them funny so they've voted Tory too

03:31pm  Ah well that's it.  All of near the coast is dark blue apart from the single orange hold out of Woodbridge, going to butcher a hub now.

th 30 Apr

Ed the GreekEd_the_Greek rang NHS Direct about this swine flu, it was a terrible line all he got was crackling.

we 29 Apr

According to NHS Suffolk the UK is among the most prepared countries in the world to deal with swine flu ... doesn't sound very British ... being prepared.  Apparently Gloucester Old Spots live in terror of catching man flu.

Perhaps for the very good reason it's no longer two tone horns emergency speak now calls it the full disco not blues and twos.

tu 28 Apr

The Co-op won't take a cheque any more?!

th 9 Apr

A government minister with an impossible name visited the coast of near the coast this week and then went away again.

tu 7 Apr

near the coast on TwitterThis Twitter lark is really infecting near the coast, Southwold Police now tweeting.

tu 24 Mar

one we've seen  another one we've seen  and yet another we've seen

Including us eight people so far have shown us theirs and Gamekeeper has described his.

even more  in Benhall  another one

sa 7 Mar
Project Linus

Detective Inspector Terry Jones and Sgt John Shuttleworth Here's an unhappy thought, you're a child or young person who has to be taken in to care in a hurry.  What do you have?  What do you own?  Probably just the clothes you're wearing so Project Linus UK through the Suffolk Police Victim Care Centres gives you a quilt.  What a brilliant idea!  It seems no accident that Americans call a quilt a comforter.

fr 20 Feb

That didn't take long, the Pettistree Greyhound is up for sale.

we 7 Jan

Good God!  It was minus 6 early yesterday morning.

we 31 Dec

Fess Parker as Davy CrockettWe've just seen a lady near the coast wearing jodhpurs and a Davy Crockett hat.  We had a Davy Crockett hat back when these things mattered to us.  It was different from all the other kids' because they got theirs on Roman Road market and Aunt Con had got our two hats wholesale at the Houndsditch.  Two hats because we suffered the fate of all oldest children and the baby sister had to have one too ... bitter?  Nous??  The cheap shapeless lump of synthetic fur had a tail on it rather like that of a docked cocker spaniel and infuriatingly no matter how you pulled and tugged you couldn't get it to rest in front of your shoulder like Fess Parker's.  Now remind us, what did he do afterwards?

sa 20 Dec

On the Wilford Peninsular you know the year end is approaching when the east wind is so strong that the seagulls have to walk to work.

fr 17 Oct

Numero uno! ~ photo by Man in the Hat

th 24 Jul

Pettistree Greyhound last week  des' dinners 68

The new Garden at the Pettistree GreyhoundThe Greyhound has been through some landlords, we recall the greengrocer from Witham, Ronnie Frost making an excellent job of making it over for Mike Hearn and then it was Sara's mum for a bit.  It has been shut quite a while but we're certain the new landlords will make a success of it, a very personable couple originally very local (Tunstall and Campsea Ashe) and they serve Earl Soham beer.  The large shed/barn has gone to make a garden and the pub was sufficiently busy we couldn't get in the newly shingled car park when we arrived.  Lunchers were Goddess, NaTCH and Nick with AfAR from The Brewer (brewing).  (first visit  subsequent lunch  previous lunch)

su 13 Jul

That John Western watercolour in Knodishall is back on ebaY this time with a starting price f £400.

tu 15 Apr

April and the gritter lorry was out last night!

tu 25 Mar

John Western watercolourA John Western watercolour living in Knodishall and depicting sail boats at Slaughden Quay, Aldeburgh is for sale on ebaY with a starting price of £800.

we 27 Feb

So far on the board three people have said last night's earthquake woke them up.

su 24 Feb

One of the Green's policies is Rights of individuals to have detailed knowledge of their condition and the range of treatments available, both conventional and alternativeSo good news for aromatherapists then ... in fact anyone who drives out devils.

we 16 Jan
Poachers Pocket

Carlton Poachers Pocket  des' dinners 65

The Carlton Poachers PocketIf, as we did yesterday in that filthy weather, you approach the Carlton Poachers Pocket from Rendham (the White Horse was closed as we passed) Carlton might seem in the middle of nowhere but in fact it's just outside Saxmundham.  The pub was encouragingly busy, good condition Adnams and Ruddles on offer, jolly landlord and what seemed a trifle expensive menu but then what do we know?  Conversation between NaTCH, Nick and John B included John's new floor that he can't use yet, how popular the Blaxhall Ship is now that bloody minded Dutchman has gone and the first money to come out of Our Town in Sound is fifty quid for the First Responders.  AfARs from Spadge and The Brewer (first visit  subsequent lunch  previous lunch)

th 29 Nov

It was the first anniversary of David Berry's death last week.  It's some slight consolation that the 1930 Sunbeam model 9 Sports 500 that he restored  (with some finishing off after David's death by Bryan Smith) won First in class, Best British and Best in Show at the Copdock Bike Show.

su 11 Nov
Remembrance Day

The Guardian magazine todayNow the media has discovered Ruth Watson she just doesn't know how to keep her gob shut; eg The Hotel Inspector was about Butley Priory recently.  We don't want everyone to know about near the coast Ruth!

we 10 Oct

Friendly this Sunday between the newly formed Aldeburgh Boules Club and the highly successful Stowmarket team Meadlands, and apparently Hachfest raised over £7,000 for charity.

th 19 Jul

Huntingfield Arms  des' dinners 62

Huntingfield is a charming village and though a bit remote there was a healthy lot of patrons in the pub, perhaps because of the Tuesday lunchtime special of all main courses £4.50  Arthur the enormous mastiff dog had taken exception to Dudley for some reason though this only manifested as some growling (which shook the floor) and walking out of the room in protest.  NaTCH and John B enjoyed on song Adnams though for Adnams with a surprisingly tall head.  NaTCH got a massive chicken casserole whilst John had something Italian not as massive with chips and salad.  Conversation included how John had emphasised in the Halesworth builder's yard that it had to be cut 32 exactly so it was cut 31.5  Afar from Richard V.  (first visit  subsequent lunch  previous lunch)

tu 13 Feb

Gamey is on BBC Radio Suffolk tomorrow week.  His pic of a hornet's nest in Waldringfield Heath won the British Pest Control Association photographic competition ... but he's still waiting for the prize.

fr 2 Feb

All the paintings in public ownership in SuffolkThe bulletin board will go all funny 3-4pm tomorrow whilst Fish upgrades the software and for the first time all the oil paintings in public ownership in Suffolk have been catalogued.

tu 19 Sep

Otley White Hart  des' dinners 57

NaTCH observed to Goddess Steph as he got out of the car that the last time he visited the White Hart the intThe stylish madeover Otley White Hart barerior was rather naff 1970s but Phew! what a makeover of the re-opened in April pub's interior.  Very stylish.  Original menu with a certain amount of theatre in serving ("Shall I introduce the cheeses?") and the cheese with cumin seeds was brilliant, a black doggie with dread locks wandering about and it transpired the barman had briefly worked for The Brewer when ESB had the Tram Shed in Cambridge.  Adnams and unfortunately somewhat over chilled ESB Vic.  The Brewer asked for the cellar keys as he was delivering and conversation included the regrettable news that David is leaving ESB to become an aerial rigger for Matt Bayfield.  (last visit  subsequent lunch  previous lunch)

tu 21 Feb

Crowfield Rose  des' dinners 54

Matt, The Brewer, Goddess Steph and NaTCH travelled in Matt's South African Landrover to the CrowfieldMatt's Landy outside the Crowfield Rose Rose knowing they wouldn't get lunch as the new landlord's wife was having the car serviced in Worthing(!?).  The Rose is on the outskirts of the village, has spacious rooms and a three acre field at the back, so you can see why the Suffolk Landy club use it for their meetings.  Vic, Woodforde's Wherry and Skinner's (a Cornish brewery) Best were all served in good condition.  Conversation included Matt's traditional use of the phrase a bit light in the loafersAfARs from David, Rob (in Lowestoft) and John Bawtree (flu).  (first visit  subsequent lunch  previous lunch)

tu 8 Jun

Otley White Hart  des' dinners 44

Not a lot of conversation.  AfAR from Spadge.  (first visit  subsequent lunch  previous lunch)

tu 10 Feb

Pettistree Three Tuns  des' dinners 42

Spadge introduced Harold Pinter as a topic ofThe Three Tuns Entrance conversation and NaTCH got him thoroughly mixed up with Arnold Wesker and Samuel Beckett.  Goddess Steph told us that a past barmaid at the Tunstall Green Man lived at the back in a caravan with a lesbian ... because there wasn't an Aga.  Matt not in a Hat had a pudding.  AfARs from Rob (working), and Richard V who now has a web site.  (first visit  subsequent lunch  previous lunch)

tu 9 Dec

Pettistree Three Tuns/Earl Soham Victoria  des' dinners 41

Well it had to happen.  For the first time in three and half ... more at Earl Soham

we 12 Dec

Swilland Moon and Mushroom  des' dinners 21

NaTCH arrived a little early to find every table occupied, primarily by groups of women.  At quarter past one most of the pub left making it possible to eat 'Christmas Casserole' with rather underdone roast potatoes.  Buffy's Terrier was much enjoyed (rather dry - if you can say that about a beer) but the coriander flavoured Umble didn't seem as full as last year.  Conversation was limited.  AfAR from Spadge (sending cars to Santa).  (last visit ↓  subsequent lunch  previous lunch)

we 9 May

The Marlesford BellMarlesford Bell  des' dinners 14

The pub has changed hands since our last visit.  Bridget, our first lady luncher, wasn't feeling too well so charmingly the new landlord entertained her with conjuring tricks!  The bar has been decorated with various military memorabilia and a barn at the rear turned into a museum.  Adnams, Greene King IPA, and Bridget's presence gave us the courage to sing "Happy Birthday" to new chum Las.  Very pleasant.  AfAR from Andy (too busy),  John FH (not feeling well), and Station Tone sent a discussion document for the next lunch.  (last visit ↓  subsequent lunch  previous lunch)

we 13 Dec

Swilland Moon and Mushroom  des' dinners 9

As NaTCH drove though Earl Soham on the way to Swilland they saw John B driving inThe Swilland Moon and Mushroom the opposite direction and Hugh strolling to the post office.  Not a good start!  In the event attendees were Malcolm, first timer Hugh, Spadge in a Ginetta looking remarkably like a MR2 (the Ginetta not Spadge), and NaTCH.  The Woodford Wherry was excellent, Malcolm drank a coriander flavoured beer called Umble and the food was very pleasant.  Conversation included "Why did the Americans go into Kuwait?".  Because Sadam Hussein had Malcolm's piano apparently and what's more he still hasn't returned it.  AfARs received from Andy and John FH (pressure of business), and John B (unwell child).  (first visit  subsequent lunch  previous lunch)

we 10 May

Marlesford Bell  des' dinners 2

Attendees NaTCH, Andy and John B (who arrive 20 minutes late saying I was in Beccles 50 minutes ago) were rather swamped by a coach load of senior citizens who had arrived a few minutes earlier.  John's prawn salad was spectacularly generous.  (first visit  subsequent lunch  previous lunch)

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