ADVENTURES IN FROIZELAND & OTHER STORIES
SOMETHING NEW TO KEEP YOU INFORMED OF ALL THE VARIOUS ‘HAPPENINGS’ IN OUR CORNER OF THE SUFFOLK COUNTRYSIDE.
We made the short drive to Hollesley Marshes RSPB reserve and began seeing wildlife of interest right from the start.
Folk at the Froize had been previously blessed with two visits from the man himself when he appeared with both Belshazzar’s Feast and Kelly Bayfield; a third visit with Faustus sadly never came to be, so it was our absolute pleasure and honour to welcome this talented young duo to our little corner of Suffolk
Our ‘churring, gwiking, wing-clapping evening’ began in style with a three-course supper of Froize culinary delights…. The table was adorned with fresh flowers from the garden and the starter was entirely made up of edible loveliness plucked from the kitchen garden only an hour before we feasted.
Tide – a unique seasonal seafood dining experience, founded by food writer and artisan fishmonger Mike Warner, flooded gently into the kitchen and dining room at the Froize at Chillesford and home to the inimitable and engaging David Grimwood, chef and patron of the beautiful, iconic old building, for the last 21 years.
It was a Gnoss-talgic return to Suffolk last month for Aidan, Graham, Connor and Craig as they made their second appearance at Folk at the Froize in as many years, coinciding nicely on this occasion with Father’s Day.
Despite a chilly feel to the start of our day, the forecast wasn’t too gloomy so we hatched a plan deciding to explore local heathlands. Our focus was on summer birdsong, but we were also hopeful of getting views of those special birds that frequent this unique habitat.
Long time friends of Froize – Christina and Alex gave us an evening of blissful, enchanting, delightful musicianship – right from the opening track ‘Brooklyn’ through to a rousing acoustic encore version of ‘Blow boys blow’.
13 group members, including nine making their Froize debuts, met up with Steve Piotrowski and me for coffee at The Froize at the respectably early hour of 7am. The local roads were wet due to the overnight rain but, as predicted, the sandy footpath which we took to the south of The Froize was dry.
On April 23rd we welcomed Bristol based trio ‘Tarren’ to the Froize stage for the first time as part of their UK tour for debut album ‘Revel’.
Such had been the severity of the recent raging, relentless and Siberian-cold gales that had been brutally lashing east Suffolk, a full three hours on our local, exposed and shelterless coast was clearly out of the question. An entire morning in a wind tunnel is not recommended either for physical or mental wellbeing! A plan that would protect both was needed.