I don’t go to Aldeburgh much, not least because dogs aren’t allowed on the beach between May and September. More importantly it is often full of people with – how can I say this nicely? – an over-inflated sense of their own self-importance and far too much money. When the revolution happens ….. well we can only hope.
Anyway, I had to go and collect some oxalic acid from the bee club which is near Aldeburgh so I thought, as it was December I would go and walk along the beach with Kainaat as I love the fishing boats drawn up on the shingle and I wanted to eat fish and chips from the Aldeburgh Fish and Chip Shop something I have wanted to do for years.
I forgot it was the Sunday after Christmas. And although Aldeburgh will be a ghost town in early January because all of the second-homers will have departed back to London, it was still pretty busy.
It was also grey and drizzling which is why the photos seem blurry. But we had a lovely time wandering up and down.
I remember going to Aldeburgh when I was young with my grandma and grandad and buying fish from the sheds on the beach. It is one of the few beaches from which working fishing boats still launch and are then winched back up the banks of shingle. You can still buy fresh fish straight off the boats from the sheds.
I love it – despite my lingering class-war resentment for the over-entitled which to be fair, I should probably just get over …..
I ate a small portion of fish and chips on the beach and shared some of the chips with Kainaat, they were good – it was a good day.
Then I came home and checked on my bees. I topped up their fondant and treated them with oxalic acid to help prevent varroa. Two hives had 8 seams of bees in and two had 6. They all seemed OK. I promised them I was going to be a reformed beekeeper next year and that I would meddle less. It’s not as if I could get less honey …..