Two cycle rides this week. The weather wasn’t too bad on Thursday so I headed over to Peasenhall and ended up at the Sibton White Horse for lunch. Half a beer and a beef and horseradish sandwich later I was feeling on top of the world. Then on Friday I was itching to get out again so I pedalled down to Snape Maltings for a sausage roll, tea and cake. My life is so exciting. The total bill for two lunchtime treats came to under £15. Now that’s what I call a bargain.
I had the option of calling my mates, but in the end I went on my own. I like chatting but I also like peace and quiet. Riding solo, I can go at my own pace, which is on the slower side of slow. It gives me time to think and I’ve got lots to think about these days. It’s over six months since I took redundancy and my life has changed for the better. The challenge now, is to keep it that way. I’m actively looking for work but I don’t want to get lost in the corporate jungle again.
Anyway, back to cycling. Snape Maltings is a strange place: part international concert venue, part upmarket shopping complex. For the artistically inclined there are galleries and several sculptures to admire, including a couple by Henry Moore – very upmarket.
I usually have mixed feelings about these sort of places. In my cynical opinion, too many are set up solely to leverage money from the middle classes by selling mediocre artwork and overpriced food. Snape manages to escape my ire. Having an internationally renowned concert hall in the middle of the Suffolk countryside is beyond criticism and anything that helps to survive is well worth it. Besides, the food isn’t any more expensive than anywhere else.
I get the feeling that not many people stray too far from the site. It’s a pity because they’re missing out on a couple of lovely walks. One of them takes you all the way down to Aldeburgh, and the other to Iken church. Another time, I would have started earlier, taken a change of shoes and gone for a stroll. As it was, I pottered around for an hour and went home.
I usually shun social media but because I like taking photographs I’ve opened an Instagram account. It’s somewhere to store my photos and a handy way to back up my phone, if nothing else. I’ve added a new page to display my efforts. I’m not aiming to produce great art but it will be interesting to see what I can do with just a phone.