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A Trip to Thorpeness, and a Norwich Gig, Suffolk and Norfolk - 9th January 2011

Nosher and Isobel get a spur-of-the-moment baby sitter so we could head off to Norwich for a gig at the Norwich Arts Centre. It's the band "The Miserable Rich", as championed by Marc Riley off of BBC 6 Music, and they are most excellent in what is a very intimate gig. As an encore, they unplug and jump off the stage for a couple of numbers with the crowd. Nosher and Isobel are right at the front and so it's like having a personal performance. Magic. The next day, we hook up with Clive and Suzanne for a trip over to Thorpeness on the coast near Sizewell, taking the van for a spin. Thorpeness, despite being only 4 miles away from the oft-visited Aldeburgh, is hitherto unexplored, and the weather is excellent (for January, at least). Afterwards, it's back for dinner and a chance for Amelia and Fred to run around like lunatics for a couple of hours.

next album: January Miscellany: Thornham, Swiss Fondues and Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk and Cambridge - 30th January 2011
previous album: The BBs at the Park Hotel, and New Year Southwold, Norfolk and Suffolk - 1st January 2011

First on support at the Norwich Arts Centre: Ethan Ash

Second up: Tristram

The Miserable Rich do their excellent thing

More 'Miserable Rich' action

The sound desk at the Norwich Arts Centre after the gig

Fred the Head in Mere Moments Café, Diss

Buggies are extracted from the vans

Thorpeness clapper-board houses

A bunch of swans

The iconic 'House in the Clouds' and the Thorpeness windmill

Contra-jour beach-front houses

Amelia and Ellie on the beach

Ellie, Amelia and Suzanne mess about

A rusted steel rope on the beach

Fishermen on the beach

Amelia and Fred hold hands on the beach

Driftwood

Amelia and Clive

Clive, Isobel, Suzanne, Fred, Ellie and Amelia sit on the driftwood log

Nosher and Isobel

Walkers on the beach

Fred runs around by a digger

Nosher casts a very long shadow

A picnic by the vans

Fred pokes about in the van

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First on support at the Norwich Arts Centre: Ethan Ash