We visited Flatford today to find a rather soggy Dedham Vale…so soggy that you couldn’t walk on it without some pretty substantial boots. To compound the issue the National Trust are just in the process of renewing the lock gates just outside the mill…so actually there are no lock gates in place…hence this very active water outside the Mill today.


Sometimes all you need is the sky.


I already had a wet sock from a hole in my shoe that developed about 5 minutes after I’d left the house for work, so scrabbling around on the edge of Alton Water to get this shot didn’t bother me at all.


Manningtree at low tide…that’s the River Stour winding it’s way towards Felixstowe…nice sky


Visited another section of Alton Water today and had a pleasant walk around one of the fishing areas which is great because you can get right down to the water’s edge without having to thrash your way through mountains of plant life 😉


I popped into Manningtree at lunchtime, I got as far as the Co-Op’s car park that backs onto the River Stour and so I took a walk along the banks as the tide came in – plenty of swans and even a Kingfisher were about on a pleasant if blowy lunchtime. On the far horizon you can just make out the cranes at Felixstowe.


This lunchtime…I had a lunch hour…first time in over a week! So I drove down to Lower Holbrook and took a stroll down the coast. I found a small beach and then further along a whole load of trees that were being slowly pulled back into the sea/river – this is the tidal part of the River Stour.

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This was always going to be my photo of the day…and then I got an email from Topaz announcing their new Impressions plug in…as it had a 30 day free trial, and I do quite enjoy trying to give my photographs a more painterly feel I gave it a go…and quite enjoyed the outcome.


The opposite side of the mill to that normally seen – the Hay Wain was painted on the other side of that building. It was a lovely early evening to walk around – Kingfishers darting up and down the river…but when you looked across the landscape there was still the remains of the fog from this morning.


After a few days of flat grey skies we had a really nice day today and I visited Flatford…home of Constable’s Hay Wain. I set off towards Dedham down the River Stour, there were plenty of people rowing up and down, The young couple on the right had got themselves into a little trouble grounding themselves into the bank, it took them a good five minutes to dislodge themselves and get going again.