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.

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