It's been such a long while since we walked down by the river deben, in Woodbridge. It's always lovely -calming in fact - just watching the boats zip and weave around each other; I'm sure there must be boat crashes happening all the time there. Actually, it's been almost exactly one year since I was last here. I remember, because I was wearing my 1950's cotton sundress - which gained a little rip in the armpit area that day (and I've still not repaired it - Ooops) - in fact, it was pretty much the same weather that day too.
So on Sunday, I went walking over cobbles, grass and train tracks in some of the most sensible shoes I own - my platform wedges! Yep, I was that smart ;)
I did however enjoy the excuse to wear my new vintage dress, not that one needs excuses or such to wear fabulous dresses of course.
This swan was giving me his beady eye - perhaps wondering whether my camera lens was edible or not!
I always think I'd like to go rowing: but then again, I always imagine it to be a romantic experience - lounging back in perhaps lace, with a touch of velvet here and there; reading Wuthering Heights and probably sipping fizzy cold champagne whilst a beautiful parasol shades me from the mid-morning sun. Of course, I'd be wearing white day gloves and sporadically leaning over to feed the ducks. I'm sure they'd be a fishing rod pictured in there somewhere, but I can't be sure.
In reality however, life isn't a picture book of romance and fantasy. Real life would consist of wet, soggy feet, rowing in circles and continued wipe-age of the dreaded sweat moustache.
But one can dream, and dream one shall do!
Although I also dream of living in the big city, Woodbridge (or perhaps Mistley, because that's also beautiful) is where I'd like to live as an old lady. I'd have a pretty cottage with loads of flowers everywhere, I'd drink homemade lemonade in the garden surrounded by my children and grandchildren. But for now, it's just as much fun to catch up with relatives living my future dream - and also swoon over my aunt Mary's cottage full of vintage goodies :)