We just returned from a rainbow-filled weekend at the Suffolk Coast. Some of you may remember that we went to Suffolk on a whim over the summer and absolutely loved it, so after the past few weeks of chaotic international travel and school field trips, a relaxing four days in Suffolk seemed the right choice.
We also pulled out Andrew’s old camera and I think it worked fairly well!
Our trip to Suffolk in words and pictures:
Birdwatching at Minsmere RSPB Reserve with friend. About 46 species on a blustery day, not bad!
A pastel rainbow of homes in Aldeburgh, the town where we stayed
Aldeburgh in October
Snape Maltings concert hall where Andrew played a Tango gig on Saturday night.
A tower in Aldeburgh
A bleak beach at Dunwich, a town that was once three times the size until the Ocean claimed it.
A view down the beach at Dunwich, you can see the cliff edges where there’s no more town. You can even here the ghosts from the sea, spooky!
A walk through the marshes at low tide…
Ruins of an old Abbey in Dunwich. The last grave was right behind us!
we followed this path around the marsh for miles
We met some interesting people along the way as well. People are so nice in the country!
We also saw this old barnish thing
And a token fence post.
A snail finds a home.
Rainbow sighting! Stopped in the super-cute town of Woodbridge on the way home to get some coffee and sandwiches. We also had an important revelation there.
A rainbow among the calculators
A rainbow of wires on the back of a 25lb piece of computer that held only like 1 megabite of data (or less)
Just spent a few days learning about ciphers at Bletchley Park and computing and the National Museum of Computing. Here are some things that I learned:
- Pigeons were dropped in little tubes down to the troops via tiny parachute carrying messages. They then flew home. There was a medal of bravery awarded to pigeons every year called The Dickin Award.
- WRNS (pronounced Wrens) were young women who worked during the war driving motorbikes in the dead of night to deliver messages to Bletchley Park, decoded messages that helped win the war, and did pretty much everything at Bletchley Park.
- Benedict Cumberbatch was not hanging out at Bletchley.
I was stunned to find out that Bletchley Park is not listed in any of the UK guidebooks, even our weird one that has things off the beaten path. I’m confused. It is awesome. But maybe you need a bit of context to enjoy it. I recommend watching the Bletchley Circle (scary!) and The Imitation Game before going.