Good morning, everyone. The sun is shining brightly at the moment (nearly 06:00) and the sky is a clear and brilliant blue. It's a perfect early morning and I may very well finish this, get dressed quickly and take a stroll down to the sea front.
Yesterday stayed dull and gloomy pretty much all day apart from occasional glimpses of sun but no rain. OK, the occasional hint of light drizzle, but that was all.
I started the day off with a beach walk taking loads of photos of the sea, none of which were particularly successful but not to worry, and stopping off at the butcher's shop, the delightfully named Mills and Sons and Daughters - obviously a real family concern.
After a leisurely breakfast (lovely bacon, I'm going to stock up before I go home) I set off for Orford and the castle. To get to most places, it seems you got on to the A12, north or south, and then take the relevant turning off again. It was very easy.
Orford is a pleasant village with the castle, an interesting looking church and, of course, Orford Ness. It also has bags of history!
The castle was started as a 'don't you dare' to the powerful Bigod family after some tension between throne and powerful barons. The Bigods were based in Framlingham (going there tomorrow) so there was definitely a power thing going on.
It's not nearly as big as Framlingham castle and is built on a circular interior with three turrets that create an exterior triangular feeling (if that makes sense). It's very commanding, exudes power and might, quite bleak and and must have dominated the whole area, set as it is on a hill.