After Sutton Hoo, we headed across to the coast to see Orford. The Castle was very striking and its keep remarkably intact, particularly given that its outer walls and towers have somehow vanished. Then a delightful lunch at the Butley Orford Oysterage.
A test shot of tabasco on one oyster had me in paroxysms at one point, however, a hangover effect of the cold and cough I have been harbouring for the last week.
Sadly, we discovered, Orford Ness had just closed for the year, except for Saturdays. Had wanted to see the relics of the mysterious testing days on the Ness, when it was a Cold War R&D site, as much as the shingle-backed ecosystem. So we wandered along the shore, in my case plucking and chewing marsh samphire, and marshalling the stamina for the drive back to London.
But amazing how much four days away can expand one’s horizons.