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April 11, 2019

Matt Gaw explains how the Stour seduced him, inspiring his acquatic adventures through the rivers of Britain. This is just a wet run, a jaunt to celebrate the building of the canoe, but I’m already lost to the water: the way she holds us, the gentle current squeezing us downstream…

March 19, 2019

Our blog post today is from SB with more of her interesting observations from her beautiful garden on the banks of the River Stour. We hear of her spring planting plans, including planting some delightful witch hazels which will provide colour next winter. Garden Clippings The recent spell of unseasonably…

February 25, 2019

Our blog post today comes from SB with “Garden Clippings”, her seasonal observations from her garden on the banks of the River Stour. In this edition SB is surprised by an opportunistic visitor to the garden! Garden Clippings We have had a sparrow terrace nest box on our garage apex for several years now and this is being…

January 18, 2019

Happy New Year! Our first blog post of 2019 comes from SB with “Garden Clippings”, her seasonal observations from her garden on the banks of the River Stour. She tells us about the wildlife coming to her garden, including a very unusual visitor! We planted a new witch hazel last…

December 19, 2018

As we approach the shortest day, it is an excellent time to look at the night sky, especially on clear nights. Our final blog post of 2018 is written by David Murton of The Commission for Dark Skies. He tells us how to best enjoy the night skies in the…

December 2, 2018

Garden Clippings Our blog post today comes from SB as she tells us about her beautiful riverside garden in November. Our garden appears to be situated in a frost hollow and as a result we have had to scrape the frozen car windscreen on two or three early mornings recently….

November 26, 2018

As winter approaches, our thoughts may turn now to winter breaks and next year’s summer holidays. This blog post is written by writer Gill Bendall. Gill writes for Suffolk Cottage Holidays (a festival sponsor) and its parent business The Original Cottage Company, as well as writing and editing for a number…

November 21, 2018

This blog post looks at an historic event that took place in the Stour Estuary at the end of World War One, and also a commemoration of the Kindertransport journeys made by children in World War Two. In November 2018 over 168 German U-Boats and support vessels were escorted along…

November 4, 2018

This blog post comes from Cathy Smith,  Communications, Funding & Development Officer of the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project   The Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Stour Valley is an outstanding place, and it has been nationally designated too, helping us recognise that it has many…

October 17, 2018

As autumn comes to the Stour Valley, SB tells us what’s happening in her garden on the banks of the River Stour. Many thanks to her for these interesting insights. Autumn mornings can be breathtaking at sunrise when an early morning mist forms over the water meadows opposite us. The…