One day I decided to take pictures of some of the thatched roof cottages I saw every day on my drive to work at RAF Mildenhall, England.
I had a 45 minute drive each way to work through the beautiful, picturesque scenery of Suffolk, England.
So this day I grabbed my camera and went on a photographic tour of some of my favorite cottages I saw on my commute each day to work.
Suffolk County had a perfect balance and mixture of rural life, quaint period buildings and good shopping cities, like Bury St. Edmunds, where David went to school on a red double-decker bus each day, and Sudbury.
One of the best aspects of being stationed overseas in the U.S. Air Force for me, was the fact that everyday I felt like a tourist, despite the often demanding and hectic work environment and deployments I went on.
The Rushbrooke Arms is a family pub, restaurant and beer garden that we’ve enjoyed a meal at, and despite it’s quaint exterior, seats up to 250 guests: http://www.pub-explorer.com/suffolk/pub/ rushbrookearmssicklesmere.htm
This is a classic thatched roof cottage, with the decorative thatch work at the peak of the steeply pitched roof, and the nice detail work surrounding the dormer windows.
Thatched roofs are becoming much more expensive in England to maintain and replace, as the natural reeds used in thatch are losing coastline habitat and with the retirements of long-time professional thatchers.
An idyllic, thatched roof cottage harkens back to simpler times and recalls images of cottage gardens, free range chickens, livestock, pies baking in the oven and a pure, natural and organic lifestyle.
Hedges and hedgerows are a classic example of English life, where hedgerows are natural barriers and habitat used between farmer’s fields, hedges are proper landscaping features used for screening and area definition for their beauty.
This is a village parish church that I came across somewhere on my photo safari that day, and a classic example of English village life in rural Suffolk County.
I love the timber framed ‘gate house’ that serves as a pass-through and entrance into the church’s cemetery, where history speaks from every headstone.