Fun things to see in sunny Southwold

  Southwold Pier’s much-loved water clock was originally built as a temporary water feature and was funded by Thames Water on the theme of recycling. Local eccentric Tim Hunkin built the water clock in just under three weeks in collaboration with Will Jackson and Jack Trevellian.
In its original form, the clock ran on water power which kept the pendulum swinging and in turn motored the clock hands. However, today the hands and pendulum are now powered electrically.

Kids both young and old delight in hourly performances by the clock’s eccentric characters including the bathing couple who squirt water at each other and the “cheeky boys” who drop their trousers to pee!

https://www.sosouthwold.co.uk/about-southwold/tim-hunkins-water-clock

More jam!

If you come to stay at Greenacre Lodge, there will always be homemade jam available for you and if you eat your way through the pot we leave you, you can buy more from us at any time! The store cupboard is filling up rapidly at Greenacre House, as the fruit in the orchard comes to ripeness. This week we have made 3.5kg of plum jam – a delicious light purple jam which has set hard and tastes just a little bit tart, taking away the sweet edge of the jam. Plums have a number of health benefits so eating our plum jam should be great for us! One medium-sized fresh plum contains 113 mg of potassium, a mineral that helps manage high blood pressure and reduce stroke risk. If that isn’t encouraging enough, the reddish-blue pigment in some plums, called anthocyanins, may protect against cancer by mopping up harmful free radicals. We know we shouldn’t eat so much sugar but you can’t make a decent jam without sugar and we hope that the benefits outweigh the bad bits!

Greenacre Lodge is eco friendly!

At Greenacre Lodge we have installed a wonderful biomass boiler to heat our properties. This replaces an elderly oil boiler with a clean, low carbon footprint alternative. At Greenacre House, we have solar panels installed so most of our electricity comes from the sun, heating our hot water with any electricity we are not using. You will only notice a constant and plentiful supply of hot water when you holiday in our Lodge – but you can use it confidently knowing that you are not adding to the carbon footprint of the world!

Hinderclay Church

This is Hinderclay church, where services are held at least twice a month. You can find out more at this address www.hinderclaychurch.org.uk

The church has amazing modern stained glass windows which are worth a visit all for themselves! You can find the bell ringers there most Mondays, sounding out a tune (do you call it that in bell ringing??) and they are always looking for new recruits – perhaps you are a bell ringer and you want to keep your hand in even when you are on holiday? We have an amazing flower festival in June each year where the flower fairies (sorry, villagers!) follow a theme to design their flower arrangements around. This year it was favourite tunes and there were a huge variety of songs and interpretations! Included were some beautiful old pictures of school classes, village people from long ago and more recently and some brilliant wedding pictures!

The church yard is still in use for burials but if you are interested in grave stones and who lies beneath, you can find some really historical ones in this church yard. Come along for a visit, the church is open daily for you to look round, sit quietly or enjoy the time spent with God.

Summer harvest

Our latest crop to be harvested is our redcurrants – over 6lbs from two bushes! At least this year, the birds left them alone before we actually managed to pick them.  The best way to preserve redcurrants is to make a jelly from them which is simple to do. Redcurrants are high in pectin so the jelly sets beautifully with no extra effort and it is a wonderful, jewel like red in colour, crystal clear and really tasty. There were too many redcurrants to make cook them all on one day, so the rest were frozen on trays initially and then separated into bags for future cooking forays! There were a number of pudding and cake recipes that contained redcurrants so all we have to do now is remember they are in the freezer to be used!

Brand new charming Suffolk holiday house

Lodge and Parking

The Greenacre Lodge has been fully refurbished inside to a high standard holiday home for five people. Set deep in the Suffolk countryside, in the charming village of Hinderclay, within easy reach of plenty of local pubs, tourist attractions, and the East Anglian coastline. The Greenacre Lodge is the perfect place for an escape to the country style holiday to relax, recharge and refresh.

Lounge 3This detached property has a spacious living/dining room, fully equipped kitchen, utility with washing machine and tumble dryer and cloakroom on the ground floor. Upstairs, there is a super king bed in the Master bedroom, with twin beds in the second bedroom and a third single room. The Master bedroom has an en-suite with shower, and a family shower room for the other two bedrooms.

Master Room 2

 

Surrounded by fields, this self catering holiday home has a large garden as well as access to the lands at Greenacre House. The gardens boast a small orchard, a smallholding providing vegetables and chickens providing fresh eggs, as well as plenty of space to explore. There is ample designated parking for at least two cars.

Kitchen 1

 

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Figs and greengages

Our extensive garden at Greenacre House is producing a good fruit crop this year! Today we had a wonderful fruit crumble to complete our roast dinner, made from fresh figs and greengages from the garden. Figs are lusciously sweet with a texture that combines the chewiness of their flesh, the smoothness of their skin, and the crunchiness of their seeds. They are a wonderful source of potassium and have many health benefits but above all they taste delicious!! Greengages too are a sweet little fruit, with just enough tang to make the crumble zing. To make the crumble, I soaked the fig halves in a little port and a sprinkling of sugar for half an hour, then added the stoned greengages. I topped that with a crumble mixture made from plain flour, oats, chopped almonds, melted butter and a small amount of vanilla. Delicious!! We ate it with custard and crime fraiche – just right on the day when the remnants of Hurricane Bertha hit Suffolk!

Welcome to Greenacre Lodge

Welcome to Greenacre Lodge in the lovely Suffolk village of Hinderclay! We are just building a luxury holiday let which will be open in 2015 for bookings so sign up to receive news emails about this along the way. The Lodge will sleep five in three bedrooms, one king size with en suite, one king/twin bedroom and and a third with a single bed in it. The second and third bedroom share a beautifully fitted shower room. Downstairs, you will find a good sized open plan lounge and kitchen diner, with a well fitted boot room containing a washing machine and tumble drier for those days when the walks or bike rides produce some wet and muddy clothes! A cloakroom completes the indoor accommodation. Outside you can step out of your French doors onto a large deck area, with comfortable outdoor furniture. Beyond the deck is a large secluded garden with a sandpit and other toys provided for the children. The Lodge is fully child friendly, with a cot, stair gates and a selection of toys to keep them busy. In the kitchen you will find a wonderful range cooker, a cream shaker style kitchen with dishwasher and a good sized fridge freezer. You will want for nothing at your stay in Greenacre Lodge – if it isn’t there, let us know and we will try to source it for you, whatever it is! You will arrive to a wonderful welcome pack and a carton of free range eggs from our own chickens. Keep reading our blog to find out news of Hinderclay and Greenacre Lodge and book as soon as we start taking bookings – it will be in demand!!