Boxing Day Blessings

Walking near Felixstowe, Suffolk

On my son’s last full day in the UK, we showed him a little more of the Suffolk countryside I’ve grown to love so much.

Before our Boxing Day walk, we fuelled up with a full English breakfast on the Felixstowe seafront. The feast included scrambled eggs, bacon rashers, local Dingly Dell sausages, button mushrooms (for son only, thanks), and fried tomatoes and bread.

Full English breakfast, Felixstowe

Later, we enjoyed the fresh air and afternoon sun near the River Orwell at Levington. Our walk finished at the village pub (of course!), the Ship Inn.

My son leaves tomorrow and it will be sad to see him go. Time passes so swiftly. It seems only yesterday I was the twenty-something returning to work and life elsewhere, with my own mother waving goodbye.

We’ve had a wonderful week, and I recall my mother’s words, ‘It doesn’t matter what we do. It’s just good to be together.’

Levington, Suffolk with Felixstowe docks in the background

Now it’s time to think about dinner! Cheers and more soon.

11 Responses

  1. Oh that breakfast does look fabulous! As for the sadness of bidding farewell to a child, I know it all too well. At least you got to spend Christmas with your son – no doubt a very special time for the whole family. Wishing you and your family all the best in 2012.

  2. Hard to see our children go – even if we did it ourselves!

  3. A great bitter sweet moment indeed, but I bet that breakfast went a long way towards easing the pain!

  4. looks a bit more relaxed than Felixstowe Prom! it was dodge the child on new bike/dogs and families all the way along! haha!

  5. Lovely photos.
    Here’s wishing you season’s greetings, especially a happy 2012.
    Thank you for your nice comments on my blog:)

  6. Tara, hi and yes, there’s nothing quite like ‘Full English’ is there!? Really appreciate your understanding. Fraussie, yours as well — and as you say, it’s so true we grew up and ‘came and went’ ourselves.

    Paul, something about good food definitely helps, at least with the motivation to keep walking!

    Claire, we noticed the number of people on Felixstowe Prom – what a perfect place it is, to test out a new bike, or just to walk along the seafront (despite having to dodge!). Seems *everyone* is out walking in the gorgeous weather.

    Susie, great to see you – cheers and hope to read more of your wonderful books in 2012!

  7. Glad you had a wonderful visit and got to share Gary so much of your Felixstowe Life!

  8. So, so, so, so British — I love it. That top photo is simply lovely, and the breakfast! WOW! Now there’s a breakfast! I just spent the past week having a “Downton Abbey” marathon, and this post makes me think of all things terrific that are from the UK. 🙂

    Time flies at warp speed, doesn’t it? I’m glad you had a good visit with your son. I’m sorry it flew by, but I am so glad that it happened.

    Happy New Year to you, too, Carolyn!

  9. Kim B – hello and thanks for visiting. Hope you and your hubby had a great Christmas in Paris (or Italy!?) or wherever you may be.

    ParisKarin, thanks for your wishes. We haven’t seen any of Downton Abbey yet but are definitely appreciating many aspects of life in the UK. Time really does fly by.

    Cheers all.

  10. Hi Carolyn & Clive,

    Wonderful! Isn’t it so nice to “rebond”? I had 3 weeks of that with my kin this year and I know how much better things are with family moments.

    That breakfast looks loaded! Goodness; that is a big plateful.

    Have a wonderful new year, full of new challenges & adventures.


  11. xpat, yes it’s soooooo wonderful to have those family moments! Delighted you had the same on your recent travels 🙂

    The full English breakfast is indeed a sight to behold — can never eat half of it but whatever you do eat is yummy!

    Cheers and happy 2012 to you and yours.

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