… and so I have published my 100th post on Suffolk Pebbles. It feels like the right time now to take a break from blogging and to concentrate on other things. I would dearly like to thank those of you who have commented here or liked my posts – your thoughts and kind words have never failed to make me happy.

Bicycle Nostalgia



It is National Cycle to Work Day today here in the UK which has prompted me to share two of my favourite images of vintage bicycles which I captured here earlier this year. I have loved cycling from an early age and remember my first bike – a little red Raleigh with stabilisers. I remember the many crashes too after the stabilisers were removed, with my dad running along side me holding on until suddenly he was no longer holding on. My love of cycling has endured into adulthood and I love it today for the sense of freedom it brings as well as the chance to experience the sights and sounds of the countryside.



I have been holding my breath with regards to Rosa ‘Felicia’ these last three months. She was lovingly planted as a bare root in my old garden back in November, long before we decided to move house, then promptly dug up (with the new owner’s consent) at the end of May, before finally finding her new home. She has come through and is still producing beautiful pale pink flowers on branching stems with a delicious scent.

August Squares

august squares

What a wonderful August we have had … late summer sunshine, lovely days out in the countryside and happy days in the garden amid the flowers. Happy last day of August!

Hareshaw Linn



The Linn (an old English word for waterfall) is a 9 metre waterfall in the village of Bellingham in Northumberland. We started our walk from an area that was once the site of an iron works in the 1800’s, passing old disused mine shafts and climbing the path in a deep and damp woodland that had the feel of an ancient rainforest.


Walking back through the village we found yet more running water in the form of St Cuthbert’s Well, an ancient holy well  – its clear, pure, natural spring water a contrast to the brackish marsh water of the nearby River Tyne.