We’re six weeks into our UK and Europe trip, so we’ve decided it is time to preserve items relatively close to dwelling. 

When we’re travelling for longer periods of time, Christina and I have to watch for burn out. It can occur so simply, and all it requires is budgeting some time to unwind and not move about also a lot.

This week, we’re receiving back to nature with some berry selecting at a nearby fruit farm, a stroll by means of the fields of East Anglia to get to a small hidden gem of a pub and I’m receiving my tackle out for a spot of fishing!

We hope you appreciate this chilled out Weekly Edition.

Cheers – Jim & Christina xx

McClaughlin's Fruit Farm

About this time of year in the UK, acquiring farms that present a choose-your-personal service are not difficult to obtain. But picking out ones that have great crops and great costs can be difficult.

Fortunately, the village of Boxted on the Essex/Suffolk border is dwelling to McClaughlin’s Fruit Farm, which ticks each fruit boxes… or must that be punnets? Sorry.

At McClaughlin’s, you gather your container (they present biodegradable ones for absolutely free or plastic ones at a expense) then head into the fields to obtain the finest fruit.

McClaughlin's Fruit Farm

On the way to the orchards, there are indicators to deter consumption of the berries you choose pre-obtain. It says two berries, but the employees are beautiful right here.

I believe as extended as you are not getting silly about it and turning up at the farm shop with vibrant red smudges all round your mouth and clearly fatter than when you began, you will be ok.

Not that we intend to consume a lot more than two berries each and every of course!

McClaughlin's Fruit Farm

McClaughlin's Fruit Farm

This is the initially time Christina’s picked berries like this. She’s fairly excited. Raspberries are extremely high-priced in Sydney and the quality’s under no circumstances that wonderful.

Getting capable to take them straight from the bush is likely anything we have a tendency to take for granted in the UK.

McClaughlin's Fruit Farm

We located somebody who is likely attempting her very best to consume the two-berry limit but likely will not make it!

This ladybird is obtaining the very best time ever on this scrumptious-searching raspberry.

This afternoon, the six of us – our buddies Clare and Dave plus their two outstanding dogs, and Christina and I – are off to the pub.

It is the best evening for a great beer garden, and exactly where we’re going is 1 of the very best. Got to get there initially though…

It is a beautiful stroll by means of fields and along the famed English hedgerows to this unique pub. The distance justifies the beer we’re about to indulge in!

Beehive Pub Colchester

The pub we’re heading to is the Beehive on the eastern edge of Colchester. It is 1 of these wonderful pubs that nevertheless has a sense of humour and keeps its beer definitely nicely.

I appreciate this sign they have up at the bar.

Beehive Pub Colchester

We’re all incredibly impressed with the meals right here also. Out in the beer garden, we’re fending off the dogs as we plough into our dinners. The steak pie, chips, peas, carrots and cabbage is about as classic a pub plate as you can believe of. And it is all produced in residence.

Dave has the sense to ask for added gravy, which is thick and scrumptious, even though I believe this photo’s about as English as it comes with the Colman’s mustard pot in the background.

Christina took this remarkable shot – the sun flair is coming from the shine of Dave’s knife as he gets stuck into his pie.

I believe we’ll be back right here just before the trip’s more than!

Tymperley's Cafe, Colchester

This morning, I’ve popped into Colchester with my mum and dad to aid with their existing telephone woes. Dad managed to drop his brand new mobile in the lake on a current fishing trip and Mum had hers run more than in a auto park.

Fortunately all’s sorted now even though, and we’re in Tymperley’s for a coffee quit. This gorgeous cafe restaurant is by means of an archway and is aspect of this remarkable Tudor residence.

Tymperley's Cafe, Colchester

It is warm adequate to sit outdoors for our drink, and it appears like we’re not the only persons with this great thought.

Service right here at Tymperley’s is definitely stand-out. Friendly, rapidly and attentive. The coffee’s fairly great also.

Cafe 21, Colchester

We move on, feeling enlivened by the caffeine and stroll about town. Ultimately we come to rest in a further cafe round the corner. Cafe Twenty-One particular has a incredibly European really feel – specifically in its small leafy courtyard.

Halloumi burger at Cafe 21, Colchester

Service right here is also outstanding, even though the meals is an added trump card. Dad and I have the halloumi burger, which definitely hits the spot. Adore the small chipped potatoes also.

Goldfinches at the feeder

Tonight I’m staying at Mum and Dad’s for an early get started in the morning. They have an remarkable bird feeder setup in their garden that attracts so a lot wildlife. I’ve set my GoPro up on the fence to attempt and get some close-ups.

This 1 of an adult and adolescent goldfinch on 1 of the feeders is our favourite.

Mum tempted me more than with promises of ‘picky bits’ and a film – just like when I was a kid. But ‘picky bits’ has turned into this! We’re employing tonight as an chance to road test some of the snacks for an upcoming family members barbecue.

I didn’t know we had this quite a few persons in our family members!

It is not also a lot of an early get started this morning, but it is early adequate!

Dad and I are right here for a day’s fishing. The lakes about Suffolk are completely beautiful – specifically on days like currently – and brimming with fish. Let’s see if we can get some.

Bream-roach hybrid

Dad’s catch of the day – a bream-roach hybrid


Dad’s prettiest catch – a best small perch


My bream – the initially and possibly largest fish of the day… but who’s counting?


My very best-in-show fish from the day – this fairly small roach

It is a fairly great day’s perform – even though this is course fishing, which signifies every little thing we catch, we place back. plus I do not believe any of these are significant adequate to consume anyway!

It is a beautiful way for Dad and I to devote some top quality time with each other. Adore it.


I come dwelling to the smell of Dave cooking up a storm – or what ever storm is in Spanish. The paella pan we purchased Clare and Dave final year was the very best and most savvy present I believe we’ve ever believed of.

We are completely reaping the rewards!

McClaughlin's Fruit Farm

I hope you have enjoyed this Weekly Edition and are feeling as chilled out as we are!

Cheers – Jim & Christina xx