A day in Groton Suffolk

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
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Trip End Oct 01, 2012


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Saturday, April 14, 2012

A nice and bright sunny morning today, looking very promising for a day out in the country. As usual the day started with a lovely breakfast . Did a few errands and soon enough were ready to go. Graham's cousin and her husband live in a village called Groton which is approx 1 hours drive from here. Soon enough we hit the countryside, lovely to drive through and lots of daffodils along the way. Roger and Susan were there to greet us with a nice hot cup of coffee. We all went for an walk  to have a look at the village and surrounds. . Came across a cottage which belongs to the famous author Ruth Randall. She only stays there once a year and is not very well known in the village.The village of Groton is very historic and affiliated way back with the Winthrop family dating back to the 16th and 17th century.The origins of the Winthrop family are vague and despite intensive research remain speculative for the time being.It is known that the first member of the Winthrop family in Suffolk lived in the area in the late 15th century. Their extraordinary saga, called the settlement of New England, was punctuated by the founding of Boston in the year 1630. The entire story began in the village of Groton where a small band of brave souls crossed the ocean in search of their version of religious freedom.The Winthrops created their own history in America and became prominant figures in their new country.
To soon it was time to walk back to Roger and Susan's home for lunch. Their home is the old school house which dates back a few hundred  years and of course is heritage listed. A lovely old building with the most beautiful stone walls. We all enjoyed a lovely lunch, steak and kidney pudding followed by pavalova, jelly and cream. I should add that the jelly was home made and made from fresh berries. Two servings of that later and the tummy was contend.We had a lovely afternoon and felt very much at home there.
Graham drove back the scenic route which was a treat as we drove through some lovely countryside.There is something very special about the countryside here, all so pretty and neat.
None of us felt like eating dinner so we just had a cuppa and called it a day Tomorrow we are helping our nephew and wife ( David and Claire ) shift house, should be fun.
A very interesting and beautiful day.
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