It goes by the name of Bluetongue and it’s an agricultural disease that has just been discovered on a Suffolk farm in Great Britain.
Incidentally, I visited Suffolk at the weekend with my parents. But do not fear, I am not a cow or a sheep, so I can not catch and spread this unfortunate disease which mainly affects small blood vessels and can lead to reddening and swelling of the lips, mouth, nasal linings and eyelids. Sounds very unpleasant, and can be a farmers living nightmare, if discovered on their livestock.
Our visit to Suffolk consisted of walking aimlessly along the pebbled beach, with the screeching seagulls and gentle waves for our soundtrack. Browsing in antique and gift shops, which were decorated with unusual ideas and ornate treasures.
My first Christmas present was bought in one of the many curiosity shops. As well as the 13 birthday presents looming, I have to purchase 20 Christmas presents, so I thought it best to keep my eyes open for suitable gifts.
This suitable gift was a jazz book for my father, bought without his knowledge so it will remain a surprise, and will join one of the many presents for him to open on Christmas Day.
I decided to treat myself to a new book which caught my eye and imagination. ‘I capture the castle’ is the title and Dodie Smith is the author. The same author who wrote '101 Dalmatians'. Cruella De Vill, Cruella De Vill, if she doesn’t do it, nobody will... Sorry, I got side tracked with one of the characters then. Remember Cruella De Vill, from 101 Dalmations, and her unhealthy obsession with fur coats?
Lunch was crusty baguettes and refreshing beverages, overlooking the blue sea and underneath the blue sky. It was almost a shame to leave our idyllic setting and return to our home county. But all too soon it was time to face the traffic and leave.
And there was also the small matter of the Agatha Christie's ‘Miss Marple’ on the telly, which we had all expressed our enthusiasm in watching. So home we trekked.
Pictures of the day:
The perfect stop.
When the boat comes in.
All the pebbles on the beach.
Time to go home.