The evening of Thursday 15th June was warm and balmy – a perfect summer evening, in fact, when around 20 adventure-seeking ladies boarded the coach for our mystery tour. At least the name of the coach company inspired confidence – Boomerang Tours – so they knew they would eventually arrive back where they started.
Anyway, both David, the driver, and Alex, the guide seemed to know exactly where they were going so that was OK! They were on a wildlife and history coach tour and Alex called out questions along the way to see if they could guess the names of villages, plants, birds or animals that might have been encountered en-route.
On a tour of the Deben villages and the countryside seen from the coach was a picture in greens and golds, splashed here and there with scarlet from wayside poppies!
The first stop was picturesque Ramsholt Church with its round tower overlooking a peaceful bend on the River Deben. The churchyard was full of wild flowers and the church was cool and quiet inside. After looking round and drinking in the beautiful views under a bright blue summer sky, they reluctantly moved on a short distance in the coach and came to The Ramsholt Arms.
This pub has an idyllic location below the church on the sandy shores of the river, and on summer evenings there is nowhere better to sit with a glass of something gazing at the sparkles on the water, or peering up and down the river to catch glimpses of herons or cormorants, or perhaps a barn owl swooping over fields on the opposite bank.
They stopped here for a drink and to sample the two home-made cakes baked the previous night by the guide Alex, and the ladies can vouch for the fact that they were both delicious!
Back in the coach and down a few more narrow lanes to Bawdsey, at the mouth of the river, opposite Felixstowe Ferry, where the ferryman in his rowing boat plies his trade. They were too late to see it in operation, but just in time to see the beginnings of a glorious sunset! After a short wander it was time to board the coach again for a leisurely ride home.
En route, they listened to more interesting facts from Alex about what they were passing – from details of the wildlife, trees and plants to historical facts and information about people and places connected with the area, from Saxon ship burials to alien encounters. Eventually rolling into Capel just as it was getting dark, at about 10.15pm, after a delightful evening.
The first July meeting was a visit to the Orchard Players’ show Time After Time at Capel Village Hall. The show featured songs from the 70s and 80s, accompanied by an excellent live band, and featured a good mix of favourite songs. The dancing in particular was excellent, and there were some terrific performances from the younger members of the cast. A feel-good fun night out!
Why not join them for more fun nights? To find out more, please ring Di Barker on 01473 311 870 or visit: www.capelladies.com