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Lesley Dolphin loves her Suffolk home

PUBLISHED: 11:46 22 August 2011 | UPDATED: 19:53 20 February 2013

Lesley Dolphin loves her Suffolk home

Lesley Dolphin loves her Suffolk home

In her monthly column, BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Lesley Dolphin discusses the joys of home and how she misses it even when on holiday

Why is it that when wego on holiday we visitall the local sights butnever get to go along tothe historic buildingsand tourist places back here at home?A few weeks ago we had visitors fromLuxembourg and enjoyed ourselves somuch being tourists with them in BurySt Edmunds and Southwold that thissummer Mark and I have decided totake a staycation. We have alreadystarted drawing up our list:Recently, on my afternoon show, I wastold about the new Hopper bus thatruns hourly around the Stour valleystopping off at places like Dedham andFlatford Mill it runs every hour andyou just hop on and off at the villagesfor a stroll or visit to the pub.A trip to Lowestoft or Felixstowe is alsoon my list but not by car via the A12or A14 I fancy getting the train to takethe strain. I always think you get atotally different perspective on a placefrom the train or from the water. Whichreminds me, we must do the canoe tripalong the River Stour from Sudbury toWissington the company running thetreks does do two-day trips but I thinkwell only have time for the one dayadventure!The National Trust owns some fantasticproperties in the county theresMelford Hall where Beatrix Potter spentsome time and I have never been to theatmospheric Orfordness to see the relicsof the Cold War. There is also afantastic scheme called Invitation toView where you can book a personaltour around some of our wonderfulHalls and Houses. Its usually theowner who shows you round and thenplies you with refreshments of varyingkinds.Talking of food with Suffolk fasttourists peering through the railings.The view as we stepped out ofBuckingham Palace on to the stepsdown to the grounds was wonderful.Huge sweeping lawns with brass bandsplaying and the long white tea tents oneither side. We joined the thousands ofother guests as they promenadedaround the lawns and lakes and flowerbeds. Everyone looked wonderfulincluding the men in their suits ormorning coats and top hats and as youcan imagine I had a wonderful timecommenting on all the other outfits.That was until I saw another woman ina dress like mine and then anotherand another! I either have exceptionaltaste or am very common!!!


Do you remember a few weeksago I regaled you with mytale of shopping for an outfitfor a special occasion? Well Idid eventually find a dress that I didntmind too much and I bought the onlycream hat in the whole of Ipswich to gowith it. Mark and I were very luckyto be invited to a garden partyat Buckingham Palace and so Ihad to look my best. We had awonderful day my son Johncame with us and we set offfrom Ipswich Station lookingvery glamorous. It was verysurreal as we walkedthrough the front gates ofthe Palace with all the tourists peering through the railings.The view as we stepped out ofBuckingham Palace on to the stepsdown to the grounds was wonderful.Huge sweeping lawns with brass bandsplaying and the long white tea tents oneither side. We joined the thousands ofother guests as they promenadedaround the lawns and lakes and flowerbeds. Everyone looked wonderfulincluding the men in their suits ormorning coats and top hats and as youcan imagine I had a wonderful timecommenting on all the other outfits.That was until I saw another woman ina dress like mine and then anotherand another! I either have exceptionaltaste or am very common!!!


As I write this I am gettingvery excited because I am offto my first ever music festival to Latitude at Henham. Ihave heard so much about the eventover the past few years that I decidedMark and I really must go and see forourselves. Studying the website, I thinkits going to be really difficult for us toagree on which arena to be at; maybeMark and I will have to go our differentways for some of the day. There is ahuge variety of music and theatre andcomedy and poetry to choose from.As a festival virgin I asked listeners tomy afternoon show for advice on whatto take with me. Most commentsseemed to involve toiletpaper and anti-bacterialhand wipes and, withheavy rain forecast,one helpfulsuggestion was that Ishould take a bin bagas a raincoat!! I`ll letyou know how I get onnext month!becoming a foodie destination a bit ofnosh will definitely have to be on themenu for the week. When we were inSouthwold we spotted a fish restaurantin the Harbour where you take yourown bread and wine and they supplythe fish dishes and while were therehow about a trip on the Coastal Voyager maybe up river to the White Hart Inn?My list is still growing and growingwe could visit Framlingham and thecastle, Clare and the country park, oneof our several vineyards or breweries,go on a Food Safari, go to the theatreI wonder if we could take another weekoff?!

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