Spring Jaunt – After two days of stormy weather, we decided to take a short ride out, and leave all jobs until later, in order to enjoy the sunshine.
It makes a good picturesque journey if one takes the scenic route to Debenham, via Brandeston and Cretingham, and then into the village past Thorpe Hall.
The clear light set off the detail of the beautiful countryside. Snowdrops are over now, but plenty of daffodils – some growing wild. Also primroses are now at their best, with cowslips starting to open up. No leaves yet, so the trees show off their winter shape still. The black branches silhouetting against the clear blue sky. Brandeston and Debenham churchyards each have their own rookeries, which are very lively right now.
For me the best thing about Debenham is the architecture of the buildings. Whether new or old no two houses are the same. (see sample photos).
The village street has houses set back, behind a wide grassy verge on the slope down to the shops. A very attractive place to live, with enough shops to supply most household needs, as well as some antique and craft outlets.
We returned via Kenton past the orchards where you can buy apples and bottled juice at the gate.
Now back to the chores, which hadn’t gone away. I could recommend the trip to anyone wanting to get a flavour of rural Suffolk hereabouts, not just in the spring but throughout the year.