Catching the train for a day in town.
|White-letter Hairstreak (Satyrium w-album).|
Becky dropped Jayne and I off at the railway station in Needham Market where we caught the train into Bury St Edmonds whilst the went to a nearby lake to feed the ducks.
|Entrance to the Abbey Gardens.|
We caught the 10:26 and we soon heading west towards the town, as we sat i noticed a movement by the window and turned to find a fine looking White-letter Hairstreak (Satyrium w-album) sat there on the window. After trying but failing to get decent shot I released the insect when we reached Stowmarket.
We walked up from the railway station into town and spent a very nice few hours around the town visiting the Cathedral and Saint Mary's church where we found the grave of Mary Tudor tucked away in the corner of the area near the alter.
We also walked around the grounds of the the abbey seeing the gardens and the ruin, well worth a visit and a sit on one of the many benches for a while.
We had some lunch in one of the pubs in town later afer having a walk around the shops, most of which seemed to be charity run place with odd nice places dotted between them.
In the pub we had some English style "Tapas", nice but not quite the same as what we are used to but the beer (2 pints of Ghost Ship) went down very nicely.
As we walked around the town I saw Common Moorhen (Gallineta Común / Gallinulas chloropus), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), House Sparrow (Gorrión Común / Passer domesticus), Herring (Gaviota Argéntea Europea / Larus argentatus), Lesser Black-backed (Gaviota Sombria / Larus fuscus) and Black-headed Gulls (Gaviota Riedora / Larus ridibundus), Common Swift (Vencejo Común / Apus apus), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Collared Dove (Tórtola Turca / Streptopelia decaocto), Barn Swallow (Golondrina Común / Hirundo rustica), Large (Pieris brassicae) and Small Whites (Pieris rapae) and Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina ssp hispulla).
|Nice view from the bench in the gardens.|
At around 16:30 we caught the train back to Needham Market after having a very nice day, just after we reached Needhan Alan turned up to take us back to his place.
|The Cathedral from the Abbey ruins.|
|Enjoyed a couple of Pints of this local Beer.|