Saturday, 5 April 2014

Goodbye Southwold

hello Iken.

Goose Corner sitting room

We left Goose Corner just before 10am and deposited the keys with the letting agent in the Old Water Tower on Southwold Common.

The Lighthouse, Aldeburgh

After a ball game on the Common, we made our way towards Iken, via Waitrose at Saxmundham, lunch at The Lighthouse, Aldeburgh, and more shopping at Snape Maltings.

Farrier's Cottage

We arrived at Farrier's Barn, on the Iken Barns complex in time for afternoon tea.

Ron met the farm dogs and very quickly learned how to play chase with the resident Samoyed, who batted him round the head until the message 'this is a game, dimbo' got through. I think it was when she launched herself onto the sofa inside Farrier's Barn that Ron started enjoying himself.

View from the end of the garden

There was more enjoyment in store for Ron. After a brief conversation with Richard, the owner of the barns, we walked to the end of the shared garden, down a few steps, onto the 'beach' beside the River Alde. Ron's Patterdale instincts took over. He had a short paddle for a few yards, checking with us that all was well, then took off into the nooks and crannies on the trail of something.

MWNN and Ron walk back up the garden towards the barns

When he was totally soaked and covered in mud, we turned and headed back to the barns - where a warm towel awaited Ron.

Farrier's Barn does not offer the space or sumptuous comfort of Goose Corner, but it was chosen for its location and variety of outdoor activities on offer.