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This is the last blog in this travel series – we are now actually much further south – back home! Our last week was divided between visiting friends near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk and a few days in London.

Our East Anglian experience included a visit to Ickworth House, a national trust property set in extensive parklands, where one of our friends is a volunteer.  (Top and lower left below) Ickworth was having its annual wood and craft fair. Wood milled on the estate (oak, elm etc) can be purchased as well as lots of other crafts. There was a steam driven mill demonstrating the milling process of the past – not too much in the way of health and safety in evidence!!!


Another friend is a volunteer at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds. (top and bottom on right above) St Edmund was martyred and according to legend, beheaded. His head was guarded by a wolf and there are several depictions of wolves in the cathedral. At the moment there is a wolf trail around the town with 26 wolves made from a variety of materials to be found. Two are in the picture above.

While away we had very few wet days.  The day we visited Norwich turned out to be one of the few. However it was an interesting time to be in in Norwich as it was the 100th anniversary of the execution of nurse Edith Cavell, during the first world war.  She came from the area and is now buried in the cathedral, one of the few to be repatriated and not buried in Europe. While we were in the Cathedral there was a full rehearsal of the service being held there and broadcast the next day.  A local singer, wrote and sang this tribute song to her as part of the service.


On to London, via Runnymede – site of the sealing of Magna Carta 800 years ago.  There is not a lot to see – a memorial  erected, interestingly, by the American Bar Association. This year’s addition, I guess to mark the 800 years, is an artwork of 12 large bronze chairs called ‘The Jurors’ which represents freedom, the rule of law and equal rights.


On to London – busy, vibrant, never a dull moment! We walked and walked as you do in a big city like London.  Iconic colours and images everywhere – the red of the buses and phone boxes and letter boxes, the Houses of Parliament, the pomp and ceremony, the museums and galleries etc etc etc! Amongst many things we enjoyed the Barbara Hepworth exhibition at the Tate Britain gallery, seeing the Importance of Being Earnest and I had a wonderful day on a photography tour.


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