Last day in Suffolk (and Norfolk), sadly. Cycled up to Norwich via Diss to meet quarryquest. Saw the Green Man, a green dragon and the peregrine falcons at the cathedral, and some old stone markers next to the road.

Progress shot of one of my “Let’s Draw Sherlock” pieces for this month. The lineart can be found at my #letsdrawsherlock tag.

Today’s ride took me down to Felixstowe. The plan was to take the small ferry across the Deben to Bawdsey and then cycle up the eastern shore to Sutton Hoo. Sadly, the ferry didn’t run, meaning I had to go back all the way to Woodbridge to cross the river. So instead of an easy ride of 30 to 35 miles I ended up doing a considerable amount more (again). Still, it was worth it.

Look at that: John’s had a road named after him. The sign next to it says something about “love life” and slimming courses. Whatever.

Today’s bicycle ride was supposed to be a lot shorter than yesterday’s, but ended up being almost as long. There seems to be something about the Suffolk countryside that virtually makes you go the extra mile.

Other things I learned today: the yellow gorse-flowers smell of coconut, Rendlesham Forest is indeed a strange place where iPhones grow (I’m so sending the boys in there in my fic), the boathouse café at Bawdsey Quay provides binoculars so patrons can gaze out onto the river Deben, despite all the flint on the beach not a single fossile sea-urchin can be found at Shingle Street, and lastly, Suffolk wildlife is clearly suicidal (hence the huge amount of roadkill). In two days of cycling I had close encounters (as in near collisions) with four rabbits, two pheasants and a stoat.

"Mealtime"

As we’re finally allowed to post our contributions to the fabulous Cabin Pressure Artbook, here’s mine. Drawn in ink and coloured with watercolour. For more information about the artbook and how and where to purchase it, visit their tumblr or their storenvy.

The four motifs are also available as postcards. Since shipping is more expensive than the actual cards, I could be persuaded to add them to the package if someone buys any of my Sherlock fanart prints or fanbooks ;). Or if you just wanted the cards you could donate some money to support my cycling team for the Prince’s Trust Palace to Palace Bike Ride.

Looks like Easter is early this year: found an iPhone right next to one of the MTB trails in Rendlesham Forest. Luckily the owner’s friends were about looking for it and so it was reunited with him. Had an interesting text alert noise, though. Suddenly Darth Vader was talking to me.

Sketches of Suffolk Punches.

Some impression from my cycle tour through Suffolk today. From my accommodation near Grundisburgh I went to Wickham Market, Rendlesham, Tunstall Forest, Snape, Leiston Abbey, Sizewell Beach, then along the coast path to Aldeburgh, on to Orford, the Suffolk Punch Trust at Hollesley, and back to the B&B via Woodbridge, all in all about 70 miles. Good times :).

Spent a great day cycling the Suffolk countryside (more photos and some sketches will follow). At the village of Snape John insisted I take a photo. Sherlock didn’t understand.

Since people have been asking, the Sherlock playmos were made by mrsbananabrain.