Watery and Wordless are two adjectives that have memed themselves to Wednesday -as well as Wildlife and Weather – all together these best describe my attachment to Woodbridge in the wetland of the Deben estuary of Suffolk.
Naturally boats are in evidence everywhere here with clubs, quays and harbours for all kinds of sailors and rowers – and there is even a model boat lake. I’m a mere onlooker having never taken to the aquatic side of life though I fantasize about sculling like a water boatman.
Viking longboats were a 7th century feature of this waterscape with their settlement on the hilly right bank of Sutton Hoo whilst Woodbridge evolved some three centuries later on the left bank as a monastic endowment of the Bishopric of Winchester
Being less than 12 miles from the mouth of the river at Felixstowe, the Deben is tidal with “a tendency to be fringed by mud rather than water for a large half of each tide”.* These exposed mudflats are a lure for assorted wading birds and their cries are often the only sounds to break the silence.
The jostling back and forth between earth and water leaves sand bars and saltmarsh in a mosaic of islets
As far as the eye can see across this flat landscape, the Deben meanders languidly all the way to the sea.
Tomorrow I visit these same spots in a Black and White medium in an attempt to capture the minimalist ambience I am drawn to.
It’s appropriate to be joining ‘Travel with Intent’ as Debbie’s theme this week is Wet