Goin back to my roots, yeah!

This weekend is a trip to Lowestoft, the town where I was born and raised to the age of 18 when university called me away. Denise and I are staying wiht my brother and his family in their guesthouse by the sea-front. It had snowed on thursday night, when we got here; Lowestoft was closed. The restaurant we wanted to go to had closed at 8.30 as the staff hadn’t been able to get in. I find this hard to imagine as we made it. Today the wind blows sand and seawater into our faces as we try to run up the beach, then give up and make a tour of town instead, passing by the park where I used to walk Josie — a Jack Russel — near where my family home was, the cmetary where the family searched for my grandmother’s grave to put flowers from Mum’s funeral. This latter had been my most recent trip to the town until now. Its lovely to see Ray, Sandy, Joe Kate and Rose again, but the town itself is mine only in the sense that my family lives here.

And now its Saturday, one week to take-off for a new town and a new adventure.


  1. Dawn Says:

    Hey Mark, what’s Lowescroft like? Any good for a weekend?

  2. Hannah Platt Says:

    Hello Mark and Denise
    I stayed around Roses when you were there I was interested to know what are you going to be doung in nairobi :doze:
    do have fun there

  3. Hannah Platt Says:

    hi Dawn i live in lowestoft it’s not as good as it used to be here but it’s just a seaside town! i may be a child but its quite good here!

  4. Mark Says:

    Hi Hannah,

    Sorry I didn’t make an effort to talk to you at the weekend. Staying at No 18 can be a bit frazzling… oh what the heck, thats just an excuse, I’m too wrapped up in my own business to take the trouble to get to know Rose’s friends. I hardly even talked to Rose, Kate or Joe all weekend; I’m not proud of it. Sometimes it feels like there is a barrier between me and each of my brother’s children, if so, its one I have put there myself.

    Erm, I don’t think you wanted to know all that, did you Hannah? I’m glad you are interested in what Im doing in Kenya. I’ll add a little more info on the Tala page about what I know so far, but come back and read this blog again in a few weeks to find out what I’m really doing, because even I don’t know yet.

  5. Mark Says:


    Thanks for dropping by. You’re asking the wrong person about Lowestoft, you could ask me about any town other than the one where I grew up. Its a very nice typical seaside town, just as Hannah says. The North beach wins prizes for golden sand, further South is England’s second naturist beach (its rocky not sandy; England’s first naturist beach in Brighton is rocky too, maybe naturists don’t like sand getting in their private places?), you can get fresh seafood on the prom and play shoot-em-ups on the pier. What more would you want from a seaside town. If you go, I can recommend the guesthouse at 18 Kirkley Cliff!