Category Archives: Ipswich

Dragon Boat Racing for Charity

Last Saturday some seriously energetic folk climbed into their boats and spent the day racing in the Fresh Start Charity Dragon Boat Challenge. Dragon boat racing is an ancient Chinese tradition rowing to the rhythm of the drum and has … Continue reading

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A Little Wisteria Appropriation

Some of you may remember seeing photos from my old garden of the white Japanese wisteria that I trained over a pergola. I originally bought it as a grafted specimen and it flowered from the first year, but it really … Continue reading

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Cardinal Wolsey – A Tudor Titan

Cardinal Wolsey (1470 or 1471-1530) sadly ended his days being hounded by King Henry VIII and died in Leicester en route to London following his recall from York to be tried for treason.┬áIt hadn’t always been so as Wolsey had … Continue reading

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Springtime in Holywells Park

Although I have finally moved into my permanent house and I do have a small backyard it will be some time before I can start to think about making a garden. Priorities have been sorting out my work and studio … Continue reading

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Technically it’s spring, but there’s been just a little winter snow!

When I moved to Ipswich last year my father and I went for a walk up to the Old Cemetery. It was summer and it was one of the year’s three hot days. My goodness what a difference yesterday was … Continue reading

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Contemporary Decorations

Tomorrow is the last day of Christmas and traditionally all the festive decorations will be taken down. Since early December there has been a contemporary Christmas Tree erected outside the University of Suffolk on the Ipswich Waterfront. Featuring a gradually … Continue reading

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Golden Hour in a Fine Urban Park

Although Ipswich, a town of about 134,000 people, is not a large place it has some beautiful parks. Recently I went along to Christchurch Park for the first time. The so-called golden hour for taking photographs may be a great … Continue reading

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October Park – still looking rather green

Last weekend I took my camera with me on a walk round the local park to photograph the seasonal changes. Surprisingly, autumn has been slow to arrive. I am used to living further inland, but here in Ipswich, on a … Continue reading

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Ipswich Maritime Festival

Every two years the Ipswich Waterfront hosts a Maritime Festival. Held over a weekend the event is a nautical celebration featuring boats, international street food and a temporary fun fair. Visiting boats line up along the quayside and the largest … Continue reading

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Park life – planting for bees

Think of a traditional civic park in the UK and regularly mown grass criss-crossed with paths and dotted with formal bedding schemes springs to mind. A vision surviving from our community minded forebears, the Victorians. But in the 21st century … Continue reading

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Spotted amongst the Dunkirk Little Ships

If you have been to see or are going to see the latest Christopher Nolan film ‘Dunkirk’ then you will have seen or be seeing ‘Xylonite’, an old Thames Barge. The film ‘Dunkirk’ is a dramatisation of the evacuation of … Continue reading

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