A Stroll Round the Market…

… in Bury St Edmunds

I was lucky enough to spend a couple of hours in Bury St Edmunds last weekend, breaking a long journey on a hot day. It’s a place with a long and fascinating history, and the market is no exception, dating from the time of William the Conqueror.
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We parked near the imposing 14th century Abbey Gatehouse and walked uphill towards the market; the colourful streets were bustling with tourists as well as local people.

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The market itself is a wonderful, closely packed collection of over eighty stalls, selling everything from flowers to mobile phone accessories. Some traders were shouting their wares: a real, traditional market atmosphere. I bought strawberries, plums and samphire!

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Some very impressive old buildings form an attractive backdrop.

Of course, I could have spent far more time and money there, but I had to get on with the rest of my journey. However, I’d definitely like to go back and explore the history of Bury St Edmunds when I can.

Progress

 

I thought it looked like a good year for apple blossom. And then, to confirm my suspicions, this happened!

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It might not sound like much, but there are nine small apples on the (container-grown) apple tree this year. Eight more than last year. Definitely progress!

Weekend Smoothie Report

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’ve been experimenting with making smoothies recently, having been given a Nutri Ninja as a present. I’ve used various combinations of fruits, almond milk and chocolate soya milk. Some of them were photographed on my phone. The idea was to keep a record of which ones worked and which ones didn’t, but I’m just not organised enough to do that! Now it’s just a question of using whatever I have to hand, and hoping the results are palatable. I have to say, they’ve all tasted delicious so far; it’s the question of how thick or thin they should be that tends to make or mar them.

Anyway, the photographs. I know there are galleries beyond number of exquisitely presented smoothies out there, and that mine will look unappealing in comparison. I’m not really into that, because I just don’t have the time, although I have photographed some of them outside because it represents the colour more accurately. The chocolate, banana and strawberry one is a close-up because it was snapped in a plastic container just before I left for work. And that’s the main reason I’m making them: I have to leave so early for work that I can’t face breakfast. A smoothie whizzed up in the Nutri Ninja is a quick and healthy answer.