So we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten this year. And it is fitting that I am here in Britten country on the first of the year. I had a quick walk around Orford this morning after a late start as a result of last night's festivities. Orford Church was the birthplace of Noyes Fludde and the church operas. Alas it was closed this morning but the sense of Britten history is strong.
And we then set off for Snape. The Maltings is a wonderful concert hall and the whole Snape complex of facilities has grown over the years to provide superb conditions for the Aldeburgh Festival.
Snape Maltings January 1 2013 1pm
We walked along the board walk from where I took this photograph above. I looked down and to my astonishment I found that the planks of this beautiful walkway had names engraved on them - names I recognized. These were my first five grandchildren........
We will have to add the names of the other four who have arrived since 2007. I think that there are some blank planks remaining.
It is a wonderful place and, away from the bustle of the immediate area around the Maltings, it is a calm oasis of great beauty.
And so we retired to the excellent pub up the road for a late long and delicious lunch. This place is worth a special visit but call ahead to book a table. It is popular because it is very good indeed.