He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse
And they all lived together in a little crooked house.
This was the nursery rhyme that ran through my head as we visited Ann today. You'll see why!
We took the tube to the Liverpool Street train station...the hustle and bustle of the morning rush.
The train ride was about 90 minutes in total with only one change, so it was pretty easy. At first we thought the train would be delayed, as there was a message indicating there had been an "intruder" on the tracks in Ipswich. We have a very quick change in Ipswich to Needham Market so missing that train would have really put a dent in our day with Ann. That's what happened last time and we ended up spending only a few hours with her. I was beginning to think our trips to see Ann were jinxed, but all went well and we were on our way.
Nice English countryside...
Ann met us at the station and after a quick stop at her house, we headed out to Lavenham with her and Arthur. Lavenham is west of Ipswich, and is an adorable medieval wool town. In Tudor times, it was said to be the 14th wealthiest town in England, even with its small size. It has beautiful timber-framed buildings and a stunning church.
And now you see why the rhyme popped into my head! Is this the most incredible thing? It's a little crooked town!
Most of these buildings are from the 15th century and the town never grew much due to the decline in the weaving market. So it pretty much looks today as it would have looked then.
Time to make the meat deliveries...
More crooked houses...
We went into a Teddy Bear shop....look at all the bears! They had a fine collection of Steiff bears.
Arthur, Ann and Jim....Ann is my father's first cousin and her mum is still alive. Ann's father was my grandfather's brother.
Doorway leading into a courtyard. Look at the design embossed on the house...looks like tic-tac-toe.
So while we are looking at houses, Jim is looking at cars. This is a Porsche Cayman S. He was impressed by it!
Another example of a fine thatched roof on the pink house...
Two of the doves who hang around...