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Easter! And Some Mysterious Runes?

 Completely satisfied Easter!  Nicely, belatedly.  I began this submit on Good Friday, however life acquired in the way in which and now it is Easter Monday. So it is nonetheless formally Easter, I suppose!  

We started Easter week in Suffolk, and these lovely eggs have been a present from Sara, proprietor of our Airbnb, who acquired them from her hens.  Now we have been having fun with the eggs, together with the Navettes de Marseille from Ok (see beneath) all weekend.     Sara retains many sorts of various hens, however because the finish of final 12 months, they’ve all needed to be locked inside due to an outbreak of avian flu. However they’ve spacious and diverse sheltered residing lodging with a very good view of the skin world, in order that they regarded, and sounded, very pleased.

Our personal lodging was an equally passable one-storey constructing that had been a small dairy way back. I think it had been a “granny annex” after that, and really charming it was, furnished in conventional model, with a crooked apple tree rising across the again door, with blossom simply popping out and daffodils all over the place, together with on the kitchen window sill.  

On our first day we awoke to the sound of birdsong and roaring engines.  A fast look out of the window confirmed this within the farmyard….   

It is a Chevrolet wi-fi truck from WW2, in full working order, proper right down to the tin hat hanging on the desk inside, and a choose and shovel on the again.  It is amongst a bunch of vehicles made for Britain by Canada, after a lot gear was misplaced within the evacuation from France, so it has a proper hand drive.  These wi-fi vehicles have been specialist autos with enormous copper extending aerials to offer them a large radio vary. 

The gear features a “19 set” radio transmitter and receiver, a chunk of equipment usually present in UK WW2 tanks.  This one has each Western and Cyrillic labelling so it’d initially have been in one of many 1000’s of tanks that Britain despatched to the USSR throughout WW2. 

Proper behind this arresting car was a British Austin junior employees automobile, a much more modest little factor. Sara had already warned us that her husband was a army autos fan, and that he and a buddy could be going out to an open day close by.   One in all them could be driving the truck, the opposite little automobile, which didn’t have the luxurious of glass home windows. Fortunately, the climate was nice, so it should have been a pleasant trip.  

After the 2 of them chugged off for his or her day trip, we set out too.  We deliberate a go to to the seaside. Hadn’t seen the ocean for ages, and in addition had not been to the little city of Walberswick for years, so that’s the place we determined to go.   

Walberswick is in a nook of marshy land shaped by the ocean and the mouth of the River Blyth.  Throughout the Blyth is the nice and fascinating seaside city of Southwold, which has a lighthouse, a wonderful brewery (Adnams) and a beautiful quirky little pier.   Once we first knew it, Southwold was a half forgotten gem of a seaside resort, however has now turn into a bit too busy for our style, and anyway,  Walberswick nonetheless has a barely minimize off feeling, which we like. There is no such thing as a pier, no lighthouse, no brewery in Walberswick, to not point out no beachfront outlets and – effectively, there’s nothing a lot, actually, besides sea, sand and pebbles, plus a group of black-tarred weatherboarded huts, a horny combine of homes, a few teas/present outlets and plenty of marshland and reed-beds.     

We had the seashore nearly to ourselves, as a result of, regardless of the intense sunshine, it was freezing.  I used to be actually glad I would purchased windproof coat, scarf and gloves.  The individuals within the image have been going at fairly a pace, roughly blown alongside by the wind, which comes straight from Russia. 

Though there aren’t any icecream stands on Walberswick seashore, there may be an icecream van within the automobile park, and that was doing a surprisingly good commerce.  Admittedly, it is sheltered from the freezing wind there, and has even put out a few tables for individuals to take a seat at and revel in their icecreams. It additionally does a sideline in hiring out crabbing gear, and I seen from  the photo voltaic panel on its roof, that it was working off photo voltaic electrical energy, therefore the slogan throughout its windscreen, FROZEN BY SUNSHINE.  If I would been capable of really feel my arms I would most likely have purchased an icecream from these enterprising individuals, however I am simply not as powerful because the locals.  I wanted my gloves.

Walberswick is small, however has an extended historical past and plenty of fascinating buildings.  The native church presents an odd sight, although. These ruins exist as a result of Walberswick had been a really affluent port for a whole bunch of years, and in medieval occasions had constructed an extremely massive and splendid church, probably the most notable in East Anglia. 

  Sadly, a mix of coastal erosion, which silted up the port, the turmoil attributable to Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries, intensive harm within the Civil Warfare and assaults on its splendid fittings and fixtures by fanatical native Puritans, meant that the church turned a legal responsibility to the more and more beleaguered parishioners. Lastly, within the seventeenth century, they bought off the lead from most of their now crumbling church’s roof, as a lot good stone as they may, and no matter fittings and fixtures might elevate some money. They then repaired and tailored a part of one of many authentic aisles to create a a lot smaller, however nonetheless very lovely and fascinating church. 

The church has distinctive options, together with a splendid pulpit from the 1400s and beautiful altar fittings produced from driftwood, however I used to be puzzled by one distinctive characteristic I noticed – unusual rune-like carvings working across the backside of the West Window.  Are you able to see them on this image, beneath the flowery previous flint work?  I could not discover something about them within the church information.  They appear purposeful, and will not be symmetrical or, apparently, symbolic of something Christian.  That is the runic alphabet

however I am undecided if the symbols match these.  Nevertheless, in the event that they’re from means again, then they could effectively have been put in the other way up or in random order – individuals usually re-used dressed stone as a result of it was so costly to quarry and manufacture.   However the carving would not look, say, a thousand years previous, or something like that, so I am unable to think about why anybody would have been allowed to carve this on a church in newer occasions. I requested son in regulation G, who is aware of loads about folklore, however even he appears puzzled. 

Thoughts you there are some fairly odd issues on this church, together with at the very least one very impolite sculpture, excessive up on the roof, which shouldn’t be reproduced in a well mannered weblog like this one.  Historical church buildings have been usually lined in symbols of evil in addition to of excellent, and discovering these remnants of previous lives is likely one of the cause I like exploring English nation church buildings a lot.   There’s a lot we do not find out about how strange individuals lived, thought and worshipped centuries in the past, when witchcraft and fairies, gnomes, demons and dragons have been so very actual to them.  

I can present you this face, although, marooned in what as soon as a window, now blocked with odd blocks and bricks and tiles. That too appears to be like like nothing I’ve ever seen earlier than. Is it an individual? A fish? A lion that has misplaced its ears?

Walberswick appears to have a thatcher and there are examples of his work all through the place. I preferred this roof simply up the street from the church, with animals created from thatch on the ridge. 


So we revisited acquainted locations and met up with associates in Suffolk, and returned to London simply earlier than Easter. We spent Easter day with Ok and household and loved an Easter Dove cake which they’d lugged residence all the way in which from a bit bakery in Italy.  It’s a sort of panettone flavoured with citrus and almonds.   It was superbly wrapped in orange

It was exhausting to make out the form of the dove, which it’s purported to characterize.  Nonetheless, it tasted good! 


And oh, the Navettes de Marseille I discussed above.  All French cities appear to have their conventional  biscuits andlocal delicacies.  These little boat formed, orange flavoured biscuits are typical of Provence, and broadly bought in Marseille.  (The opposite biscuits proven are additionally from Marseille, equally flavoured with orange but in addition filled with nuts, and have a unique identify which I overlook.) 

The orange flavour comes primarily from orange-flower-water, a particular style. They don’t seem to be too candy, and if you would like to attempt them, I do not suppose they’re too exhausting to make. I discovered a recipe from “Chef Sylvain”  right here. (Sylvain has good recipes for different biscuits too).  I feel I’ll give them a go.

So we had a very good Easter week and Easter celebrations.  On this world, the place we’re bombarded always with distressing information, it’s good to do what we are able to to assist, but in addition to recollect there are various pleased issues to do and take into consideration.  I hope your Easter was additionally pleased and peaceable. 



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