If you’re a fan of WG Sebald’s Rings of Saturn, you’ll love staying here; the area he describes in the novel is sitting on the doorstep, waiting to be explored.
Whilst Roger Deakin’s Waterlog covers a much wider area than Suffolk, it has its roots in the county, and there are lots of references to local swimming spots. You can also listen to Roger narrating A Cigarette on the Waveney (it’s the name of his canoe rather than an actual cigarette) on the BBC iPlayer. Meanwhile, Notes from Walnut Tree Farm is based mainly at Roger’s home in Mellis, south of here.
Richard Mabey, author of Flora Britannica amongst many others, is relatively local and often gives local talks. His Nature Cure book is rooted in the Norfolk landscape.
There is a newly published edition of George Ewart Evans’ Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay illustrated by David Gentleman. It’s a great social history of a farming way of life now gone. David Gentleman lives in a small village about 6 miles away and has just published a new book In The Country, beautifully illustrated, about this area.
Sports journalist and wildlife writer Simon Barnes lives locally and often gives local wildlife talks.
The yurts are all happily tucked away for the winter now, enjoying time in the new yurt-store that we built last winter. We had a good few weeks of sunshine in which to take them down, aided by a couple of great volunteers, Andrea and Nicola, throughout the early autumn period.
Very excited to have our grass and wild flower species list back from an amazing local wildlife and flower expert. A snapshot in June shows 47 different grass and wild flower species, including this fantastic bee orchid, in the meadow.