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Alan & Laurie visited us from Washington State.  We took them to Gressenhall farm and workhouse, hence the Suffolk horses and the black pig.  Yesterday we lunched at the Crown at Westleton and after a coastal tour explored Snape Maltings.

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Here is a rare photo of David enjoying chips on his birthday at the Crown at Westleton. They were cooked in dripping unlike the vegetable oil which he cannot touch.

We zoomed around the county before and after, visiting Julia recovering from a spell in hospital on the way home.

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Songs of Praise

A Songs of Praise service was held in St.Mary’s church sponsored by Churches Together in Hadleigh and featuring the Boxted Methodist Silver Band conducted by Victoria Steinitz.  Representatives of the constituent churches read bible lessons, poems and meditations.  An inspiring address was delivered by Julia Hancock telling us about the Ipswich Night Shelter.  A retiring collection was taken to be shared with Talitha Koum womens’ refuge.  These are the two charities adopted by CTiH this year.  We hope there will be a speaker from Talitha Koum at next year’s Songs of Praise.

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Buxton to Home

We have had a couple of nights in Buxton where we shopped and then enjoyed the scenery of the Peak District.  Today we head for home and pick up on all the work that has accumulated over the twelve days.

Today’s journey took us from the Lake District into Lancashire to a hotel near Burnley.  On the way we not only visited the only other Downham outside Essex, but also crisscrossed Pendle Hill on many delightful rural roads.  The photos are of St.Leonards Church at Downham, with which David has many associations and memories of exchange visits.  The final photo is of the unforgettable toilets made from pigsties, but alas I have so far been unable to post it……. after a considerable wait they are now posted satisfactorily.

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After breakfast at the Glenridding Hotel we set off on the steamer Raven to do the trip down Ullswater to Pooley Bridge and back.  Because we did the round trip we were entitled to half price on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway. This meant an exciting drive over the Kirkstone Pass followed by even more hairy drives over the Wrynose and Hardnot Passes.  Arriving at the station we missed the train by a hairsbreadth.  It pulled out as we arrived.  However another soon followed and after an enforced cream tea, we made the trip to Ravenglass and back in the little open sided train.  We enjoyed the profusion of foxgloves along the way.

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We reluctantly left Holy Island and travelled in and out of Scotland  making our way to the Lake District.  We stopped briefly at the Watermillock National Trust picnic site before arriving at Glenridding Hotel.  We investigated her address and found Anthea Kaan’s lovely bungalow on the lower slopes of Hellvelyn.  She entertained us to tea and then joined us at the hotel for dinner.  We had a great time getting to know her better and hearing her stories about her family, her churches and her life with Fred.  Thank you Anthea for sharing so much with us.  We really enjoyed our time with you yesterday.

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