Good morning, everyone! Here I am, comfortable and cosy in my Premier Inn room, having enjoyed a good night's sleep which I'm happy about as I don't usually sleep so well first night in a different bed. Say what you will about Premier Inns, their beds and pillows are top notch.
The drive up yesterday afternoon was pretty good. There was more traffic that I had expected and a few hold-ups for traffic lights/road repairs but, thank goodness, no diversions and, apart from the already mentioned, no hold-ups. I suppose the A12/A14 might be quicker but going up the A131/A134 is a very pretty route, going through villages and a couple of towns, Halstead and Sudbury.
To my dismay, when I got here I found they had given me exactly the same room as last time. You won't remember but this room had a problem with a leak somewhere in the bathroom, obviously long standing, and the room smelled horrible. The next day I complained and they moved me immediately. However, they have fixed whatever the problem was, the smell has gone and it's all fine. It's a typical PI room with the same furniture you find anywhere, plenty of space and a bath. I do love a good baths!
After unpacking, I went for a stroll through the cemetery and along into town, doing some window shopping along the way. There's quite a lot of what you might call 'arty' shops and in one I bought some room spray (just in case!!) which is lovely, obviously not commercially produced in large amounts and with a really good glass pump spray bottle what has a screw top so can be reused. I like that very much.
I also spent some time in Seasalt, a favourite shop, and was sorely tempted by a lovely dress that reminded me of Laura Ashley in my younger days.
I've lifted this from their site!
I tried it on and the top fits beautifully - cross overs often don't but this works with what the fashion world would call 'outsize' and what the rest of us would call an normal sized chest!
I may very well go back and have another look today!