// text and photography by Marjolein den Hartog


At the seaside in Suffolk

Aldeburgh is a charming little town on the Suffolk coast, where rickety fishing boats populate the shingle beach and fresh fish – straight from the sea – is sold each day in the huts behind them. Of course, begging seagulls always make sure to eagerly keep an eye on the day’s catch…

Wildflowers are abundant: the Aldeburgh beaches are fringed by striking colours – from bright red valerian to yellow-horned poppies and common mallow. All corners of the town breathe the atmosphere of its most famous resident, composer Benjamin Britten. The most arresting of these sites is the Scallop sculpture by artist Maggi Hambling, which is dedicated to Britten and on which the words “I hear those voices that will not be drowned” can be read, originated from Britten’s opera Peter Grimes.