|The Clocktower, Coggleshall|
We are in Essex, four hours from our Yorkshire homeland. To be more precise we are on Mersea Island which sits away from the Essex mainland at the point where the estuaries of two rivers - the Colne and the Blackwater merge with the sea.
On the way here, we stopped for lunch at "The White Hart" in Coggleshall. A delightful small town with an architecture that is distinctively different from what you might see in the north of England. How sad that in modern times, regional building differences are becoming blurred as new construction seems to follow a more standardised pattern.
Our apartment is called "Oakleaves" and it is really very nice. So clean, spacious and well-maintained with everything we might need for a five day stay. It's really the modern annexe of a family home but we have our own driveway, entrance and private patio area.
After unpacking, we went for a stroll down to the beach and along the coast for a mile or more. Though Mersea is an island it is linked to the mainland via an ancient causeway called The Strood. This can be flooded and impassable during particularly high tides. Anyway, here are a few pictures from this afternoon...
|Shirley liked the needlework on the hassocks (kneeling cushions) |
in St Peter and St Paul's Church