Tuesday, 7 April 2015


This morning we went to friends', John and Gloria, for coffee, simnel cake, etc. Also present were Hilary, and Ruth; and as we hadn't met up as a group since the last time we breakfasted together at Hollow Trees Farm shop restaurant, we had quite a bit of catching up to do.  Rather later in the day, having got home at about one thirty p.m., Ann and I decided to go out for a light lunch; so motored over to Kersey, and lunched at the Bell Inn (pictured above). Don't read this next bit Lori, but it was  such a lovely day, and the garden behind the Bell is such a sun trap, that we ate outside in the sun.

After said light lunch we had our usual walk around Kersey. The above photo was taken looking over the ford and up the hill (well it is quite a hill - or counts as one in Suffolk) towards the Church.

The above end cottage claims to date from the early 1300s, and looking at this end of it, quite probably does.

Around a corner in the back lane is this very tiny cottage - looks very small and cosy (probably quite poky inside, but looks lovely).

Eventually home, changed into scruff and both spent the rest of the day working - in the garden:- (Ann) and in the workshop:- (Mike). Both got quite a lot done, too.

Off to bed now - Goodnight everyone.


Rog said...

Very nice Kersey picture Mike. Can't beat Suffolk when the sun's out.

Crowbard said...

I vaguely recalled that Kersey was a major centre for the mediaeval wool industry, Mike; so I Googled it to find:~ "Kersey is a kind of coarse woollen cloth that was an important component of the textile trade in Medieval England.
It derives its name from kersey yarn and ultimately from the village of Kersey, Suffolk, having originated in that region. However the cloth was made in many places. It was being woven as early as 1262 in Andover, Hampshire, where regulations prohibited the inclusion of Spanish wool in kerseys".
(Although Spanish Merino, originally from Portugal, was and still is a desirable commodity.)

Mike and Ann said...

Hi Crowbard. The next village on from Kersey also has a woollen cloth named after it. It is Linsey. They were both very rich cloth towns in their day, but when the black death hit us so hard in 1348/9, wool moved across to the Midlands (slight over simplification - but mainly true enough).