A Sunday Ramble in Pin Mill

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One of my favorite things about living in England is the ease of finding interesting, natural places to visit– and with great walking paths built in. A place that my family goes back to again and again is Pin Mill. Pin Mill is a hamlet on the banks of the River Orr, and has a long history with fishing and sailing industries. It is also designated as a conservation area.
IMG_9887We like to take walks along the water there, and then finish up with a pint of cider at the local historic pub, The Butt & Oyster (don’t laugh!)

On this particular Sunday, we brought a picnic and ate it in the grass at The Suffolk Food Hall a few miles away. They have a huge “bouncy pillow” for Amelia to play on, so we try to give her a shot at that whenever we make it out to that area. Plus, the view is so lovely. I never get tired of seeing those sailboats out there.
IMG_9851Summertime is particularly nice in Pin Mill. There are so many fields of wildflowers.IMG_9873IMG_9874This time, I took out my pocket knife and collected a small bouquet. This little collection of blooms actually imbued my dining room with the smell of a meadow– small but powerful!
IMG_9884We were able to stake out some future forage, as well– loads of apples, elderberries, hazelnuts, and sloes in the works…IMG_9868IMG_9867 IMG_9866IMG_9870I love being near the water.IMG_9859IMG_9885This part of the river is near the sea, so everything smells nice and salty.IMG_9862And at the Butt and Oyster, everything feels pretty timeless. In the winter, everyone’s wearing traditional wool sweaters and wellies. I read that there are about 25 families living in houseboats nearby– that seems both tricky and wonderful.IMG_9891 It must be a lot of work, to keep everything in good prepare, and to manage with the tides (it’s a very tidal river) and I kind of envy the kind of knowledge that must come with living and sailing on a river like this. IMG_9896  (Also, I just have to show you some of the really lovely flowers growing in the super charming gardens. So totally sweet and English.) IMG_9858 IMG_9854Pin Mill is always such a treat to visit– low-key, lovely, and a completely different sort of environment than our little town.

Thanks for coming along with us!

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