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One of the great things about living here on Mersea Island is how close we are to other lovely places such as London, Norfolk, Cambridge and one of my most favourite Counties Suffolk.
Over the past week I have been beyond the borders of Essex enjoying the delights to be found along the coastline of Suffolk.
On Saturday I went to the
Vintage and Contemporary market at Woodbridge where there were some wonderful crafts and trendy fifties textiles and other treasures to tempt. The Church is magnificent and we were delighted to have a look round whilst a small family group were welcoming a child into the faith all gathered round the font for a baptism.
There was a very wet Sunday spent at the
Aldeburgh Food Festival in Snape where there were all sorts of tasty local foods to be sampled and having grabbed a cup of Paddy & Scott's delicious coffee I headed into a marquee to listen to Valentine Warner talk about and demonstrate cooking Ling which is not a very commonly used fish. There were so many local producers and I now have a pile of literature to tell me how and where to find their delicious food products.
After the Food Festival we enjoyed a relaxing late Sunday lunch at the
British Larder just outside Woodbridge.
Later in the week I went to
The Brewery Tap to enjoy Mike, the chef's tasty tapas menu before going to a Beth Nielson Chapman concert at The Corn Exchange.
It was wonderful to enjoy all these things just a stone's throw away but just in case you think I'm forgetting all the goodies to be found closer to home, here are a few of the things I've enjoyed locally:
There was a reception party for the photographer Joanna King who is artist in residence at
Jardine's in Wivenhoe hosted by the charming Christian who has created a very chic cafe & bistro which I am certain will become a favourite for lots of local people.
I also enjoyed a treat at my neighbour Amanda's
Mersea Island Cookery School where we learnt all about preparing mackerel and rabbit and a chocolate tart under the expert tuition of Chris Gillard of St John's restaurant. The best part was sitting down to enjoy the morning's labours in convivial company enjoying a couple of bottles of English wine produced by one of the students from a couple of rows of vines he had bought which his son very kindly dropped off to the kitchen. The fish and rabbits were from Amanda's husband Ben whose business is just next door - Ben's Fish.
I should also mention
The Art Cafe which is a regular haunt for meeting up with friends for a coffee or their delicious snacks and the handy Cake Hole next door which reminds me I have some wonderful American Rye bread from there which is going to make a lovely lunch today. I think I deserve a break after that very full week and a mammoth blogging session.

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