We’ve only been home a few days and already our holiday feels like it was so long ago. We are already back in the routine of laundry, preparing meals, wiping the table (I feel like I do this allllll day long – anyone else?), nap times, and all the other little things which make up our daily rhythm.
As I wrote previously we were staying in a little cottage very close to the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We spent a lot of time taking Frida outside just to look at the sheep outside the cottage. I have noticed that since coming home she has become very interested in them, selecting her Holztiger ewe to play with over and over again, saying “baa baa”, or choosing the sheep piece from an old knobbed puzzle to carry around with her. I am going to try and take her to a local farm this week to have another look at some.
We visited Southwold, a very twee seaside town just a twenty minute drive from where we were staying. With a sandy beach, painted beach huts, a pier, and some great bakeries, we felt very touristy. There was also a great playground tucked behind a church in the town centre where we took Frida to tire her out a bit before a nap (where she finally decided she likes slides!)
We absolutely loved visiting the Minsmere RSPB reserve. It is such an amazing space, and going in springtime was wonderful as we saw countless hopping rabbits and some deer. Unsurprisingly the place is teeming with birds and your ears are filled with birdsong. It is also possible to see otters although we weren’t lucky enough (also we didn’t bring any binoculars – oops! Amateurs.)
We also went to visit the Dunwich Heath and Beach National Trust site, which was perfect for long walks. It wasn’t the season for heather, which was a shame, but the gorse! If you have never smelt gorse then go and find some to sniff as soon as you can, it is divine – the closest I can get is coconut ice.
All of these places were by the sea, so we made the most of it with multiple visits. Frida was absolutely fascinated by it (my parents live in Brighton so she has seen it before but I feel like this was the first time she “got” it) and loved playing “run away from the waves” games with her dad.
This was a perfect location to spend a few days with a baby and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone. I’m already wondering where we can go next – as much as I love going abroad there is something so good about exploring your country and getting to know it a bit better.