Orford Ness

At the start of September Ollie and I spent the weekend in Suffolk with my folks and took a day trip up to the Suffolk Coast to explore a little more.

Orford Ness is somewhere I have memories of visiting with my Dad quite some years ago. It was when I first got into photography and I shot hundreds of photos of this remote shingle spit and its adorable little lighthouse. Only accessible by boat the island is looked after by the amazing National Trust team.

Since my last visit the coastline has eroded a lot meaning it won’t be too long before the lighthouse will sadly fall down, so I’m glad Ollie and I took the time to visit before the shape of the landscape is altered too much and the lighthouse is no longer there. During the first world war Orford Ness was used as an airfield and later as an experimental military facility for parachutes, bombs and machine guns. The majority of the experimental work carried out there related to aerial warfare.

Walking to the lighthouse and basking in the last of the summer sun we laughed at Ollie’s camera bag squeaking with every step and picked a few to many blackberries to eat (they are such a delicious fruit to mark the changing of seasons). I’m very much looking forward to Autumn, its Ollie and I’s favourite season. The changing colours of leaves and wrapping up in jumpers and scarves, indulging in cosy nights in with candles and hot chocolates, I can’t wait.

Another love for the changing season is the innate need for new wardrobe staples; the winter coat, boots and of course handbag. As you’ll know if you’ve read my blog for sometime, I adore Cambridge Satchel Co and love working with them. I’ve had the opportunity to build a strong relationship with the brand and shoot a few of their campaigns which have been used in store and across their website. When Nicola from CSC showed me a sneak preview of the AW17 collection a little while back, I pretty much squealed with excitement at their new season colours; Mustard, Crimson and Putty. I immediately knew I had to have a mustard bag in my life for the Autumn. I opted for the Classic Poppy style which I haven’t owned previously and I love it. It fits way more in that I expected it too and the colour really does pop. I’ve had so many compliments went taking it out and about, which is so so lovely.

She’s been the perfect travel companion on days out, especially on this trip to Orford and Aldeburgh. After getting the boat back over to Orford we stopped by ‘Pump Street Bakery’ which you may have come across on instagram, the infamously adorable pink building is a perfect photo waiting to happen. After enjoying a coffee and some delicious pastries; if you happen to visit get the ‘Bear Claw’ (puff pastry with an almond frangipane) it’s truly scrumptious! We then drove on to Aldeburgh, one of our favourite coastal towns which I’ve mentioned on the blog maybe a few too many times. A visit to Aldeburgh wouldn’t have been complete without a trip to their amazing fish & chips, which is how we ended our glorious day at the Suffolk coast.

 

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