We saw this Starling marching down the path between the shore and the front at Aldeburgh – he definitely had things to do and people to see.

We visited Southwold a few weeks ago – you can see those posts by selecting “Suffolk” in the category drop down – top right.

The view of the town is dominated by the lighthouse, typically, it was shut when we visited because it was being refurbished to take on the duties of the decommissioned lighthouse at Orford Ness.

This, perhaps, isn’t your typical view of the lighthouse, being as it’s taken from behind the tower rather than from the coast side. The birds suddenly started swirling around the lamp area which really caught my eye.

You may have gathered, if you follow this blog at all, that we visited Southwold last week. We were so lucky with the weather – mid October and comfortable in just a polo shirt. The sun really was glinting off the North Sea and this contrast really makes this black and white photograph of the resort.

Back to the Suffolk coast.

The colouful beach huts in Southwold certainly brighten up the sea front and look fantastic. You may notice that all these have their backs facing the sea which struck me as rather odd, with the fronts facing into the pay and display car park. I’m assuming they have all been moved back from the beach front for the winter but will definitely make a point in checking where the beach huts are in peak season and which way they face next year.

You can see some of the Essex Beach Huts at Brightingsea here

Here’s a view of the Southwold Pier taken from the north side looking back towards Southwold itself.

Found at the end of Southwold Pier is this update on the traditional binoculars you get at the seaside. Southwold has many of the standard types of binoculars so you can stare out at the North Sea, but these were definitely much more popular!

We ventured out of Essex for the day and visited Southwold which is the most fabulous, quintessentially English, seaside resort. Southwold boasts a privately owned pier which has a selection of shops and curious exhibitions and displays many of which will feature on this blog over the next few days. So, welcome to Southwold Pier!

A common sight on the North Sea coastline are groynes, ordinarily these are pretty old and derelict, but Aldeburgh have a set of nice new ones.

We ventured outside the county borders today and had a trip to the seaside. We originally intended visiting Southwold, indeed we got to Southwold, drove into the absolutely packed car park and drove straight out again, the place was thronged! So, we pottered down the coast to Aldeburgh. Aldeburgh was also pretty thronged…but not quite so badly as Southwold!

We had some excellent fish and chips followed by a very nice ice cream 😉 Whilst eating the ice cream I took this picture which kind of encapsulates many facets of the British seaside.