Leiston Ivy

The ruins of Leiston Abbey lie a few miles to the north of the small town of Leiston on the roads to East Bridge and the famous RSPB nature reserve at Minsmere. The ragged ruins sit in neatly mown grasslands and adjacent to old buildings that are now a music school. Under a grey and…

Minsmere’s old retainer

The early morning at Minsmere is warm and humid under a blue sky. The view from the Island Mere Hide is a huge reedbed enclosing a long shallow waterbody where mute swans and great crested grebes idle on the water and cormorants and common terns perch on horizontal wooden poles. Male terns catch small fish…

Postcard from the Suffolk Coast

On a fine day, the narrow, shingle edge that shelters the great reed bed in the wide valley between the villages of Dunwich and Walberswick is one of the great coastal walks. There is a distant view of Southwold to the north across the bay. To the south, beyond the pretty houses and abbey ruins of…