What we did

The Simple Things - - ESCAPE -

It’s prac­ti­cally com­pul­sory to walk the cou­ple of miles from Ded­ham through the wa­ter mead­ows to Flat­ford Mill, now owned by the Na­tional Trust ( yes, there’s a tea room) and fea­tured in Con­sta­ble’s 1816 paint­ing. Nearby is Willy Lott’s cot­tage and the river look­ing much the same as they do in ‘The Hay­wain’, the fa­mous bu­colic ru­ral scene painted in 1821 of a farm­hand cool­ing off his horse in the Stour here. There’s an ex­hi­bi­tion about his life and work near the mill. It was fun to hire a row­ing boat (from March till the end of Oc­to­ber) from the boathouse at Ded­ham and head down­stream. The slow cur­rent means it was an easy row and there’s some­thing time­less about the slap of wood on wa­ter, pol­larded wil­lows stand­ing sen­tinel on the banks and the flat­lands be­yond.

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