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Lockdown Bike Rides and an Anniversary Picnic, Mellis and Brome, Suffolk - 3rd July 2020

As both the boys are in school again, at least for a few weeks, Nosher gets a chance to do a bit of cycling again. Mostly it's the route from Eye via Thornham Parva to Mellis and back via Thrandeston - a short but convenient ten miles. Later, it's the ten-year wedding anniversary, so Isobel arranges a lock-down picnic in the pleasant surroundings of the walled garden of the nearby Oaksmere hotel. As we're heading off we are intercepted by a member of staff with a bottle of champagne, which Frazer the owner has generously supplied, to properly finish off the lunch

next album: A Walk Around Abbey Bridges, Eye, Suffolk - 5th July 2020
previous album: A Return to Southwold, Suffolk - 14th June 2020

2020 The back road from Hoxne to Eye

The back road from Hoxne to Eye

2020 Poppies in the verge outside Hoxne

Poppies in the verge outside Hoxne

2020 One of Greater Anglia's new trains heads out of Diss to Stowmarket

One of Greater Anglia's new trains heads out of Diss to Stowmarket

2020 There's a cool old American pick-up in Mellis

There's a cool old American pick-up in Mellis

2020 An old Chevrolet pick up

An old Chevrolet pick up

2020 The Mellis Railway Tavern

The Mellis Railway Tavern

2020 The Yaxley Cherry Tree

The Yaxley Cherry Tree

2020 An old railway bridge from the days when Eye had a railway line

An old railway bridge from the days when Eye had a railway line

2020 The Old Mill at Mellis, the original site of Multiyork

The Old Mill at Mellis, the original site of Multiyork

2020 There's something of a Bauhaus concrete look on a pile of straw bales

There's something of a Bauhaus concrete look on a pile of straw bales

2020 Judas Lane, heading off towards Mellis

Judas Lane, heading off towards Mellis

2020 Nosher's bike is abandoned for a wee stop

Nosher's bike is abandoned for a wee stop

2020 Part of the old mill at Mellis, with an asbestos roof

Part of the old mill at Mellis, with an asbestos roof

2020 The back of the old MultiYork building

The back of the old MultiYork building

2020 Mellis railway crossing

Mellis railway crossing

2020 A poppy is infested with tiny beetles

A poppy is infested with tiny beetles

2020 A bright red frilly poppy

A bright red frilly poppy

2020 Poppy seed heads, ready to pop

Poppy seed heads, ready to pop

2020 A close-up of scurrying beetles in a poppy

A close-up of scurrying beetles in a poppy

2020 A hover fly, er, hovers about around a poppy

A hover fly, er, hovers about around a poppy

2020 A field of chamomile

A field of chamomile

2020 The Oaksmere's walled kitchen garden

The Oaksmere's walled kitchen garden

2020 Isobel sets up a lunchtime picnic

Isobel sets up a lunchtime picnic

2020 Isobel picks a bit of surplus fruit

Isobel picks a bit of surplus fruit

2020 There's a nice flower bed in the walled garden

There's a nice flower bed in the walled garden

2020 A sunflower with an interesting pattern

A sunflower with an interesting pattern

2020 Hoverflies on a flower

Hoverflies on a flower

2020 Isobel takes a photo

Isobel takes a photo

2020 We head off across the 'dance floor'

We head off across the 'dance floor'

2020 But are intercepted with a free bottle of champagne

But are intercepted with a free bottle of champagne

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The back road from Hoxne to Eye

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