Our Holiday to Southwold, Suffolk

If you read Make, Do and Push! regularly you will know that we spent last week in Southwold, Suffolk. Did you see the fantastic guest posts for Mash-up week? You can read them all here. Anyway, I digress, Nick’s parents rented a gorgeous cottage just off Southwold High Street for us all to stay in. I’ve been to Southwold before: I holidayed there a few times with a friend from Primary School, and then visited there on the way back from University with my Mutti. It’s a beautiful town with a wonderful sandy beach, which, unfortunately, we couldn’t take full advantage of due to the weather!

Our Holiday: Instagrammed!

The holiday itself was fairly disastrous for a number of reasons:
1. You may have read on Sunday that Busby refused to sleep in her travel cot… oh, and we forgot to pack Ewan the Dream Sheep… that was fun. To go from having a baby who (amazingly) sleeps through almost every night, to dealing with a screaming baby at 1am, 3am, 4am, 5am, 6am… Not great. Especially when one is supposed to be on holiday.
2. Nick had quite a severe allergic reaction to the lounge area. It turns out he’s allergic to dogs that moult as well as cats. He also forgot his inhaler.
3. There was no wifi. Yes I know, I know, first world problems and all that, but for someone who relies very heavily on the internet for blogging and blog PR/SEO this was a disaster. I could be found in Costa on Monday at 8.30am. My mobile phone reception was appalling too…
All of this teamed with the fact that we didn’t set off on holiday until the Sunday, as hadn’t packed anything until Saturday afternoon (I swear I used to be organised before having a baby), and then the fairly rubbish weather, meant that our holiday was actually quite stressful. We ended up leaving a day early as well, as Nick could barely breathe by Friday.

However, don’t despair, there were some wonderful moments amongst the not-so! Nick and I went out for a delicious dinner on the Wednesday evening to Coasters – the food was amazing (you can see my dish in the Instagram collage above). We also found our way to Norwich on the Monday (dongle-hunting), and the Thursday (to see one of my closest University friends), which was lovely. And of course, seeing Busby have quality time with Nick’s parents was wonderful, as they live a good few miles away from us, and they loved being able to spend time with her. 

Whilst in Southwold I took quite a few photos, some of which (below), I would like to share with you. Southwold is a truly beautiful place, and definitely worth a visit; even in the wind and rain.

I love the clouds in this photo – it looks so dramatic!
Taken from the end of the pier looking back at shore.
Taken from the side of the pier. Look at those clouds! Breathtaking!
This made me giggle… I think it’s the topless Mermaids… It made me question what the sailors are reading. Ooh, Matron!
What you can’t see in this photo is Busby’s face: “What are you doing Daddy?”
Mummy protecting Baby from cannon. Yes, we are very silly. 
Great name for a beach hut.
Great name for a cheese shop!

(L) I love the colours in this shot. (R) Such a pretty cottage.
The wooden boat inside our holiday cottage.

Oh, and the cottage was amazing – it’s the kind of property I’d love to own one day… without the dog hair! We’ll be getting a hypoallergenic dog. 


  1. 22nd May 2013 / 9:09 am

    Glad you had some good day trips out and lovely photos. We have 2 pet free cottages for those with allergies if you are looking for a future UK holiday. No pressure but I thought I’d mention it! Don’t forget to join me on Country Kids.

    • 22nd May 2013 / 11:44 am

      Thanks for your lovely comment 🙂

      Funnily enough I did mention Coombe Mill to Nick the other day – Bea probably needs to be slightly older to appreciate it fully (I’d appreciate it now!), so maybe next year if we can prise ourselves away from wedding planning! xx

  2. 22nd May 2013 / 11:11 am

    Shame about the allergic reaction but fabulous photos. I think it’s fair to say we’re all quite disorganised after babies, I know I certainly was when Amy was little!

    CJ x

    • 22nd May 2013 / 11:46 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment 🙂

      I used to be such an organised person… Sigh! Not sure how I’m ever going to go back to my job as it relies heavily on me being super organised!! xx

    • 22nd May 2013 / 4:45 pm

      Thanks Lyndsay – it’s a beautiful place 🙂 xx

  3. 22nd May 2013 / 6:34 pm

    Such a shame for you all but love your photos, it looks a lovely place 🙂 xx

    • 22nd May 2013 / 7:01 pm

      It’s really beautiful Julia – definitely worth visiting 🙂 xx

  4. 23rd May 2013 / 10:24 pm

    Love the photos! Shame that some things weren’t quite so relaxing for you both though! x

    • 24th May 2013 / 9:35 am

      Thank you Dani 🙂 Yes well, I could probably do with another holiday 😉 xx

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