October half term

If you want a cheeky break in the October half term holiday, why not check out Greenacre Lodge? The price comes down in time for the school holiday and you will find everything you need to have a fantastic week away. There is plenty to do around Hinderclay so you and the children will never be bored. Take a look at our availability page and contact us direct to book. 

Country shows

One of the fun things about living here in Suffolk is the country shows. There are so many that you can find one to go to at least once a month and often more frequently than that! The next one we are going to is the Elveden Country Show – they advertise it as being ‘quintessentially English’, which seems to mean everything rural and from past times (but brought into the here and now!). There is so much to see and do around Greenacre Lodge, you will never be bored on your holiday! http://www.elvedencountryshow.co.uk/

It’s summer!

Everything is growing now at Greenacre Lodge – strawberries are ripening, gooseberries are getting bigger, the herb bed is overflowing and the chicks are double the size they were two weeks ago! The veg patch is looking great and the figs are big and juicy this year – the first year we’ve got the pruning right maybe! Our plum and greengage trees were pruned hard this spring and so far don’t show any signs of fruiting but the apples and cherries are doing well. 

Beautiful!

Our garden at Greenacre House is looking beautiful at the moment and when you stay at Greenacre Lodge, it’s all yours to share and explore. This is just a small selection of the fantastic flowers on show this weekend. Soon the vegetables will become the stars of the show and we are happy to share these with our guests too. 

The chicks…

…are growing! If you haven’t seen our Facebook page, you might have missed the birth of three tiny chicks at Greenacre Lodge. They are just over a week old and already they are out in the hen house, finding their feet. They have more than tripled in size in that time and already are developing their wing feathers. Because their daddy is a beautiful big Brahma cockerel, they already have feathers on their legs and feet. We haven’t named them so pop over to our Facebook site Suffolk Holidays Greenacre Lodge to give us some suggestions! Bear in mind that we don’t know if they are boys or girls yet! 

   

Next painting

I shared my hare painting with you at various stages and now I’m starting on a fox picture. Both these paintings are focusing on the eyes of the animal – it is the eyes that can make the painting look real so they make a fascinating thing to study as I paint. The fox is at the very first stage where I put in the basic shading of the fur but you can already see how important the eyes will be to make the painting seem alive. Watch this space for the various stages of painting!

Suffolk village, Hinderclay

We live in a wonderful, peaceful village in north Suffolk, situated just at the start of the Waveney Valley. We are 45 minutes from both Norwich and Cambridge if you fancy shopping or sightseeing. A day trip to London will take just an hour and a half from Diss station. Locally, you can walk, fish, birdwatch, eat, play – there’s so much to do that a week’s holiday will never be long enough! And if it’s just peace and quiet you want, just relax on the decking in your own private garden, where most of the time, all you will be able to hear is birdsong! Irresistible!

Beautiful day!

The garden is looking great at Greenacre Lodge – the early summer flowers are blooming.  

    
 

Painter?

A few weeks ago, I shared a half finished painting of a hare with you all. Greenacre Lodge is an inspiring place for painters and photographers, surrounded as it is with beautiful countryside, wildlife of all sorts and rural lifestyles. Yesterday I finished the hare and made a start on a fox – I’m trying to focus on the look in the eyes of the animals! As a painting beginner, I’m never satisfied with the end result but always hoping each one will be better than the last!

Visit Norwich…

We’ve just got back from a visit to the Norwich Playhouse, a lovely little theatre and just one of a few arts centres in the lovely old town of Norwich. Staying at Greenacre Lodge will mean that you are 45 minutes from a great day out, sightseeing, shopping, eating and culture. What did we see? A play specially commissioned by the YMCA, about the life of George Williams, founder of the YMCA, an organisation which has lives for the last 172 years. Great!