A Blyth Valley golden misty morning, a sign of the cooler Autumn season. November is often a very pretty month so is a good time to visit this area. Come and sniff the Suffolk air, whether by the sea or in the countryside. Relax and recharge.

Richard Maslen: Blythburgh Poet

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Richard Maslen: Blythburgh Poet

Richard Maslen is a poet living in Blythburgh and writing poetry about and inspired by the local area

Cover of The Magnifying Glass
"The Magnifying Glass"
ISBN 978 0 9545094 5 3
(currently out of print)

Richard arrived permanently in East Suffolk in 1986, from Nottingham via Hertfordshire. Writing since 1953, working in the South Wales docks in the R.A.F. at night began his particular love of places, people and landscape.

He is represented in many anthologies, is a prizewinning poet and recently saw his poems featured on the South Bank in London during the London Art exhibition "The Art of Love". Among the poems chosen by the Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, was "Two Sisters" which featured on the walls of the gallery.

His work to date encompasses not only landscape but family life, love, spiritual matters and much more. His new collection "The Magnifying Glass" is quite different and, he hopes, surprising!

A Selection of Richard's Poems

Blythweb are pleased to have permission to publish here a selection of Richard Maslen’s recent poems that have been inspired by and are about the landscape around Blythburgh in the Blyth Valley. Some of the poems are accompanied by Richard's photographs.

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Some Favourite Websites For November 2019:

The Southwold Railway TrustOpen days at the Southwold Railway Steamworks project

The Southwold Railway was a 3-foot gauge line running between Halesworth and Southwold, a distance of almost 9 miles. Opened in 1879 and closed in 1929, it is remembered for its tall-chimneyed steam engines. The Steamworks project aims to restore this line.

8 The Terrace, WalberswickFamily House in Walberswick for Seven, with WiFi. Own Parking

An Edwardian end of terrace self-catering family house sleeping seven, centrally situated in Walberswick, with own parking for two cars plus bicycle storage. Four bedrooms, original features, well-equipped. Just minutes from beach, shop, village green and handy for both village pubs. House available all year with short breaks available out of season.

Green Haven Holidays - Wheelwrights CottageSelf Catering accommodation for up to three people + two dogs, in Rumburgh near Halesworth

Just 500 metres to the dog-friendly CAMRA village pub! This beamed cottage has been beautifully modernised to provide one-bedroom accommodation with kingsize bed, plus additional single bed if required. WiFi. Front garden plus rear courtyard with outdoor furniture. Parking for two cars. Pets welcome at no extra charge. Short breaks available. Close to Halesworth and within 20 minutes drive to Southwold on the Suffolk Heritage Coast.

1 Little Dingle CottagesSelf-catering accommodation for up to twelve people

This country cottage stands between Dunwich Forest and Dingle Marshes. Apart from the adjacent cottage it is quite isolated, being a mile from Dunwich village. Surrounded by open countryside, marshes, reedbeds and forest. Several major nature reserves are close by, with wildlife and birds to be seen on or near the property. Walks from the cottage. Parking. Pets by arrangement.

David Elliott Stained GlassUnique decorative stained glass, plus courses for all abilities held in a custom-equipped studio

David offers his wealth of experience to create unique stained glass commissions and items for your home. Stained glass courses offered, suitable for all abilities, from beginner to expert. Gift vouchers.