Miss Scarlett’s guide to life in Suffolk
Miss Scarlett (aka Sandy Ruddock) is a mother, step-mother, godmother, aunt, daughter, sibling, daughter-in-law, friend, boss and entrepreneur
Well, we’re heading fast towards the season of mellow mists and fruitfulness, although how much fruitfulness there will be after such a long, hot summer remains to be seen.
I’m always glad to welcome in the change of season, ready for the next one just as it starts. Autumn means snuggly jumpers, dewy grass, cooler walks with the dogs and bike rides at a reasonable hour – not at 6am.
The thought of misty mornings brings the famous Newmarket gallops to mind. How lucky we are in Suffolk to have the centre of the racing industry on our doorstep. Pack up a flask of coffee and a basket of croissants and head to the gallops to watch the racehorses exercising. The sounds, smells and plumes of steam from the horses is bewitching and strangely exciting, and quite unlike anywhere else. Between 6am and 11am is usually a good time and one of the best places to view them from is Warren Hill.
Following a recent wonderful walk around Framlingham Mere in full majestic view of the very famous castle, I was struck by the abundance of waterways we have to enjoy in Suffolk. Naturally this begs the question, what is the difference between a lake and a mere? Some say nothing, some say linguistics, some say size. One definition I found said that a mere refers to a lake that is broader in relation to its depth, but no exact measurements were given. Framlingham Mere dates back to the ice ages apparently and covers 31 acres.
The footpath around the Mere can be accessed from points along New Road, at The Elms car park and from the castle grounds. If it’s wet remember to take wellies, you’ll need them.
If the weather’s warm and dry you could always pack up a picnic to enjoy sitting on the grassy banks, or you could head off to Thorpeness Mere, where you could take to the water in a boat.
What would I suggest then for the perfect boating food? A pasty of course, warm from the oven and wrapped in newspaper. No, I’m afraid not one you buy (well not in this part of the world anyway), but one you make.
Framlingham Castle and Mere, one of Suffolk’s wonderful waterways.