Published: July 24th 2008July 22nd 2008
I think this will be a bit like time travelling as I am not sure where I will start. So I thought I'd might as well start at home in Suffolk. This beautiful county has been home to us for over 30 years now which seems incredible. The countryside around Ipswich is beautiful and still holds a fascination for us. The magnificant span of the surprisingly elegant Orwell bridge sets the scene and is the gateway to many beautiful places. So my first journey will take you round the local fields and meadows of Belstead Brook. Once under the A14 tunnel the countryside spreads out towards Copdock. Bentley and the peninsula. There are many pathways to follow.
Walking near our home allows us to see so much of nature despite the roar of traffic from the annoying A14 . Sparrow hawks, muntjac and red deer are nearby visitors in the meadows. Woodpeckers, kingfishers, herons and egrets all live a stones throw from home. Walks nearby take us up to Spring Wood which is covered in bluebells and wood anenomes in Spring. The meadow beside the wood is covered in cowslips and primroses. Nightingales can be heard in the wood in May
and Sparrow hawks can be spotted on the electricity pylons waiting for some unsuspecting creature. Below the wood are the water meadows where small white egrets fish in the water. Herons also nest here and frequently fly along the brook and over our roof tops. Further along takes you to the Ipswich Mammoth trail down to the marina and shoreline. A short walk from here takes you under the Orwell bridge with a most beautiful view of the river and shoreline. Another walk goes up towards Belstead church and beyond past Charity farm to the Bentley woods. May time brings an amazing carpet of bluebells here and autumn brings the sweet chestnuts tumbling down. All this wonderful nature on the outskirts of Ipswich in earshot of the A14 carrying its neverending container traffic to and from Felixstowe.
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