The last of our children left school this summer and we've taken the decision to take a sabbatical for the 2017 Season to do those things we've always wanted to before we get too old and decrepit!! So Suffolk Yurt Holidays won't be open this year. We wish you all a wonderful 2017 : )
It's been a remarkably mild autumn and early winter - a beautiful december suffolk sky from the meadow earlier this evening.
We're having great feedback from Guests who have kayaked with http://www.ikencanoe.com and have loved watching the seals and sometimes glimpse otters.
Iken canoes is near the Snape Maltings and is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Being out in the countryside, we've had Guests enjoying the lack of light pollution, darker skies to see the stars from a new moon and the Persied Meteor shower- thank you to Miranda, Tony, Rory and Arlen, for telling us about it : )
Lots of life about the place. Guests last week loved having a hare lolloping up the drive ahead of them as they arrived.
Lovely music too, the last couple of weeks we've had guitar and flute by the campfire.
Getting ready for Guests yesterday on such a beautiful summer day, I saw an emerald grasshopper on the grass which reminded me of one of my favorite poems by Mary Oliver "The Summer Day" - apologies for the quality of the photo! : )
"Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?"
It's forecast to be a beautiful sunny day tomorrow for the very popular Woodbridge Regatt. It's held along the Riverside from the Tide Mill to the Deben Yacht Club 12pm to 6pm.
Raft racing, all sorts of activities (including the famous Duck Dive! and stalls (including delicious foodie ones for which Woodbridge is so famous - it's a lot of fun for all ages : )
It's a magical sight to see a hummingbird hawkmoth - and we've seen it for the 1st time this season. It looks like a hummingbird and their wings make an audible hum - very exciting!!
Our son Rob managed to take this photo with a phone camera of the catmint in the garden. It's loved by bees (you can see one in the photo!) and other pollinators.
They feed off the nectar rich wild honeysuckle and lady's bedstraw and sweet woodruff that's in our wildflower meadow and hopefully will be seen there ...
Over the next couple of weeks the some of the woods of Suffolk are going to be the most stunning sight of blue "en mass". Our very favourite is the ancient Captain's Woods, reputed to be some 1,000 years old.
It has a peaceful, undisturbed feel, with much wildlife. It's one of the few places where dogs are not allowed.
Several Guests have said they have enjoyed then "moseying" over to the nearby quaint and beautiful fishing village of Orford to partake in some of the delicious food on offer there. Please see our "Going Out" website page for a few suggestions and we are always very interested in any feedback : )
The 2015 is turning out to be such a special Season, following on from wonderful Seasons before. Thank you so much to all of our lovely Guests.
To returning faces like the Elsey Family "the stay surpassed our expectations all over again, even though we are 'old hands'! It truly is THE most relaxing experience and we unwind like nowhere else"
and new faces like Tiff, Adam and Arthur "Thank you for our amazing break over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Your site is wonderful, comfortable and incredibly relaxing. I haven't felt so relaxed in a long time. The Yurts themselves are amazing, beautifully crafted ... We will definately be coming back!"
Although the place is beautiful in itself, it is the Guests themselves who are creating a most wonderful atmosphere here. We feel blessed to be involved in something so special. Thank you.
We can't think of many bakeries getting a mention at the Oscars. The Oscar winning Director Mat Kirkby (on the right of the photo) mentioned his local Pump Street Bakery in his acceptance speech for the Best Short Film
"The Phone Call" , which stars Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent, is about a volunteer at a helpline call centre in London.
Pump Street Bakery, found in the delightful fishing village of Orford, is also a favourite with Guests and ourselves for it's superb bakery, cafe and hand made chocolate - definitely worth a try.
The days are noticeably lengthening and yesterday was perhaps the most sunny, beautiful day yet of 2015. As we strolled along the river at nearby Orford, we were fortunate enough to get the closest I have ever been to a Kestrel - no more than 12 metres away - amazing!! The photo is taken with a phone and the bird seemed quite used to having people walking along the grassy sea wall.
Our lovely Guests Beverley and Neal are the first to drive and charge an electric car here at Suffolk Yurt Holidays. They find the car great to drive and it's been very reliable, quiet and charging the car has been more hassle free than expected!
The orchard trees are maturing well and this year we have been fortunate that sunny growing conditions have produced a particularly abundant harvest of apples, plums, gooseberries, blackcurrants and strawberries both in the organic kitchen garden and the wildflower meadow!
The world renowned Aldeburgh Food Festival is on at the Snape Maltings this weekend - a delightful bike ride away and you will be able to savor the good things of life!
We've had a lovely Father's Day weekend, with a wonderful group of young families and older ones too. So great to see Dad's being so appreciated and all the young kids having a good time playing together.
We've had good feedback for the Ramsholt Arms. It's on one of the most beautiful spots of the River Deben with boats, has a small beach which is right next to the outdoor seating of the pub (so very easy to keep an eye on the kids playing, lovely walks and crabbing off the quay.
Read After the overwhelming success of it's launch last year, there's some superb poetry, non-fiction, fiction and writing events for those who love things literary - even a Suffragette-themed tea party for something different and much more... at the Felixstowe Book Festival
Chris Packham's blog about the recent series of #springwatch just up the road at one of our favourite places RSBP Minsmere.
We're delighted to be on the Beds for Cyclists website. We think it's a great idea - cycling is fab and this part of the world is ideal with its beautiful country lanes and rolling countryside and hardly any hills!
We've seen a growing number of Guests over the past few years enjoy cycling from us here at Suffolk Yurt Hols - and we're right on the National Cycle Route 1 ... have fun!
We have a great new Review from some of our lovely Guests on Trip Advisor "Graeme and Kay couldn't have made us feel more welcome to this lovely idyllic yurt holiday..."
1 June Vintage Market at Snape Maltings a slice of shopping fun with a kicked-back and relaxed atmosphere – over 50 quality vintage traders from across East Anglia.
7 - 29 June Suffolk Open Studios With over 130 Suffolk artists will be opening their studios to the public. It’s an initiative spanning a huge range of art, including oils, watercolours, acrylics, photography, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, glassware, sculpture, 2D and 3D mixed media, printmaking, mosaics and much more
7 June Farmers Market at Snape Maltings Come and enjoy one of Suffolk’s finest food markets, a wonderful array of fresh produce and delicious artisan products all under one roof.
8 June Photographer Kiri Stuart-Clarke returns to the Maltings with her popular landscape photography workshop.
13-19 June Aldeburgh Music Festival
14 June Jelly Green Exhibition “The Sky” at Snape Maltings drawings and paintings of trees and skies
14 & 28 June Woodbridge Farmers Market delicious local fresh produce at the Community Centre near the beautiful riverside
23 – 26 May Great Beer Festival on over the Bank Holiday Weekend at Old Mariners in Woodbridge - some superb Suffolk Beers and Ciders
24 – 26 May Anglo Saxon Encampment: Bread, Ale and Mead at Sutton Hoo Make dough from flour you've milled with quern stones, mark it with a rune and then watch it cook on our campfire! Plus there are foraging, leechcraft and food talks and demonstrations. Listen to Anglo-Saxon stories about food, drink and feasting! Normal admission
Mon 26 May Magic Monday at Easton Farm Park There are lots of new baby lambs and kid goats to meet and also our new Suffolk Punch foal born on the 2nd May
Mon 26 May 1:30pm between the Plough and Sail Pub and the House and Garden building East Suffolk Morris Men at Snape Maltings
31 May Birds of Prey 11am – 4pm at Sutton Hoo Eagles, falcons and owls! Come and see these beautiful birds and watch one of our flying demonstrations. Normal admission
Sat 31 May Opera in the Barn with London Festival Opera perforning "Cosi fan tutte" with Pimms and strawberries
We started with glorious weather for Mothers Day with young families and birthday celebrations too.
Since we have been blessed with great weather most of the time and we are looking forward to seeing faces returning and new faces too over half term.
Everything is growing well with lots of wild flowers beginning to bloom, fruit on the orchard trees and young birds in the nests. It turns out one of the birds we have been hearing is a nightingale!
We wish you all a fabulous May Bank Holiday
Great news Springwatch is coming to our superb local nature reserve Minsmere in 3 days !! If you visit you might find yourself on camera!! Their website is great for clips to get a feel of what is so special there.
the swallows have arrived from Africa and the Nile Valley. So lovely to see them flying acrobatics in the sky above the wildflower meadow catching insects.
Make Your Own Gin sessions at Adnams in lovely seaside Southwold - lots of fun !! esp when they have just won the top Gin Trophy at the 2013 International Wine & Spirit Competition and there's a bumper sloe crop for foraging at mo!
Another lovely day today for a country walk - a great time to harvest rose hips from the hedgerows to make some delicious and high vitamin C tea
We're making the most of this beautiful sunny day and are planting the largest, fattest shallot and garlic bulbs from this year's harvest in the organic kitchen garden
Bonfire night, a couple of miles away at the White Lion, Ufford is a tradition with us. With it's excellent beer and wine (it's a free house and also has it's own micro-brewery), tasty hog roast and sausages etc, large bonfire and superb fireworks display - it's always enjoyable.
It's just the right size with a couple of hundred people. The evening always has a magical feel for us. Perhaps it's to do with celebrating fire and light going into the winter, but perhaps also to do with the place, being a field away from the Deben River, which is also a wonderful summer nature walk.
The Aldeburgh Food Festival is on this coming weekend - with the best of Suffolk's food producers, well known chef's providing demonstrations and over 50 fringe events.
Described by Sheila Dillon, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme "There isn’t a better, more enjoyable, more educational, more beautiful food and drink festival in Britain"