Friday, 19 August 2011


We have comfortably settled in at Lowestoft and although the weather has been a bit cool for the first couple of days (too cool to consider sea bathing) it has warmed up today and I may pluck up my courage and go for a swim this afternoon.

The food at Lord Kitchener's is as good as remembered from last time, on Wednesday evening we had a lovely salmon tagliatelle - almost like the Fettucini Alfredo we used to make in the 70's - creamy and herby but with chunks of salmon instead of the bacon.  The main course was chicken thighs which had been boned and then wrapped in thinly sliced bacon then roasted until crispy served with an assortment of vegetables and pudding was vanilla icecream with hot cherries poured over the top.  Delicious.

Yesterday we got adventurous and crossed the county border by bus - we caught the X2 to Norwich and it took almost two hours to get there.  I cannot remember the last time I saw such a full double decker bus - it was as bad as the 65 in Malta - and the driver had to stop at every single place en route to collect more people.  Quite a few disembarked at Beccles but more climbed on so we were still just as crowded.  We had intended to visit Norwich Castle and the Museum but there were large queues - posters were advertising a special activity day for children - so we just walked around the perimeter and then went for a wander.  We found the fish section of Norwich Market and bought (not so) little trays of mixed seafood and shellfish as lunch.  With all the food we eat at Lord Kitchener's a little bit at lunchtime is enough.  We then had an ice cream and wandered over to St Peter Mancroft Church which is truly lovely.  The carvings are magnificent and there is a Comper reredos screen which I have always wanted to see.  Unfortunately I had not taken my binoculars so the stained glass windows received only a cursory inspection.  The return bus took only 65 minutes and was half empty so I think the morning problem was caused by people like us - OAP's with free bus passes which cannot be used until 0930 - catching the first available bus.

Supper last night was tomato soup followed by a pork casserole with four different vegetables - lovely runner beans.  The pudding was a banana split which I have not had for years but did enjoy.

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