As usual, in our discussions regarding where to go for half term, we travelled the virtual globe before ending up at a location two hours from where we live. We very soon discounted going abroad, mainly because Dougie has to go to work on the Wednesday, right in the middle of the week's break. So it seemed easier to stay in the UK and, with happy memories of our trip to the Cotswolds last October, we began to whittle the choices down. We explored Wales, Dorset, Devon, Scotland, Shropshire and all places in between before choosing a region we had last taken Rory to when he was about two or three: Suffolk.
I found a hotel with inter-connecting rooms (hoorah!) so that we can all have our privacy but still be together. I know I bang on about connecting rooms but for families they are such a boon and too few hotels offer them. I appreciate Rory is 16 now and is perfectly able to sleep in a separate room and, indeed, has done on many occasions, but it's much nicer all being together, sharing the complimentary biscuits, and so much easier to wake him up in the morning without having to wander down corridors in my dressing gown or ringing him on the internal phone when he takes an age to pick the receiver up.
So what should we be doing on our three-night trip? Should we head North-East to the coast and see Southwold (again) or Aldeburgh? How about the royal burial site at Sutton Hoo to tie in with our recent visit to the stone ship in Sweden? Our hotel is near Ipswich so we are very close to the Essex border and Constable Country. I gather there are walks we can take which encompass Flatford Mill and other spots which inspired the artist's work.Then there's Woodbridge or Colchester?
It would be great to get some suggestions from you. The last time we visited we took Rory to the beach at Clacton where he went on all the kiddy rides and watched the RNLI lifeboats going out on practice runs. I wonder what will float his boat this time around?