We are so lucky to be stationed at Lakenheath Air Force Base – there are tons of cities and villages within a 20 minute radius so there’s always something to do or see. I haven’t even scratched the surface of all there is to do here and it seems like no matter how many times I visit a place, I always find something new.
My mom’s twin sister, Linda, came to visit us for a few days. She’s basically my second mom which means she tells me what to do and I make fun of her just like I do with Big Laila. Unfortunately, Tor was here as well so she got a double dose of sarcasm from us. I don’t think she was very amused and she basically refused to be in any pictures as a result. However, we did visit Bury St. Edmunds and I toured the cathedral for the first time. The light inside was gorgeous and I wish I was a more skilled photographer so I could have captured it. Another thing I love about living here is that you can see incredible history and architecture without the crowds you’d find at more famous locations. Plus, there is no entry fee, just an opportunity to offer a donation which is nice since everything is much more expensive here.
There were rows and rows of pews and each place had an embroidered pillow. I can’t imagine the amount of hours invested in just that alone. The ceilings were painted with beautifully colored geometric patterns and there was intricate carving work all around. We were lucky to have the Cathedral all to ourselves during our visit. It is such a luxury! If you’re interested in reading more about the history of the Cathedral and surrounding gardens, check out this link:
After the cathedral, we had planned to walk around and peek at some of the shops but Lena Diva had other plans. She wanted to get out of her stroller so we walked back through Abbey Gardens again but went a bit further down than the time I visited with my mom. We happened upon a stream filled with ducks and from that point on, it was all over. Lena was ecstatic – squealing, giggling, clapping and generally harassing the poor ducks for a good 30 minutes. I can’t quite get over the fact that we were playing in front of a cathedral that has been there for over 1000 years.
There was also a great play area with a jungle gym, swings, and other toys to ride on. Now that the Bacon Bit is mobile and fiercely independent, I’m constantly on the look-out for places where we can let her run off some energy. If you’re traveling with kids, this is a perfect spot to take them before heading up towards the High Street. I can’t wait to see it all in bloom come springtime!