Friday, 26 February 2016

OLD STOMPING GROUNDS- Around a month in Cambridge

After a turbulent 13 hours of flying from Bangkok, and a disappointing stop in Cologne (not being able to leave the airport for 5 hours), we were happy to arrive in London, and into the arms of Rich's brother.

A lot of travelers in Asia reminded us that the UK would be cold in February (no shit!!) and of course, on our arrival, the blast of cool air was a bit of a shock! But, actually, arriving here at the end of winter was perfect for us. We had a little taste of winter and enjoyed the wonderfully fresh air after many years without, but didn't have to wait too long for finer weather to begin. Luckily for us, the weather in East Anglia, where we were based, is often the mildest and driest area in Britain. When it did rain, it was so little, it didn't hinder our plans at all- it seemed almost comical compared to the tropical rain we're used to! The cold energized us, and we felt ready to make the most of it all! Well prepared with layers, jackets, scarves and woolly hats (without which we never ventured outside in a month!) we were spoiled for choice for such activities as local countryside walks, visiting tiny quaint surrounding villages, attending car boot sales and markets, and gazing at the wonderful  historic city center of Cambridge.

Gorgeous windmill cottage, Histon

Walking around Fulbourne

Barges along the River Cam, Cambridge

Staying in the gorgeous little village of Fulbourne with Richard's sister and brother-in-law was a delight, and we spent many hours walking and admiring sweet thatched cottages and winter gardens, and roaming the lovely, flat easy walking Fens surrounding the village. Exploring other villages in the area such as St Ives, Teversham and Rich's home village Histon was also pleasurable, and wandering around the streets and lanes brought up many old memories for Rich. Firewood was somewhat of an obsession, with all of us constantly looking for wood when out and about, and chopping and stocking up at home. Many family and friend gatherings were planned at homes and pubs, and the reminiscing was enjoyable, with Rich's accent getting thicker the longer he spent with his family and old friends.

Winter scenery around Fulbourne

Flint wall, St Vigor's church, Fulbourne

St Vigor's church, Fulbourne
Double postbox, Fulbourne village
Walking Flean's Dyke, Fulbourne

Flean's Dyke walk, Fulbourne

Sitting ducks, Histon village

Histon village center

St Ives, famous old bridge

Feeding swans, St Ives

Cambridge city center is always impressive and charming, with it's historic churches, pubs and shops, medieval doorways, narrow laneways, market center, punting, whirring bicycles, students and manicured colleges, and the River Cam which was still picturesque in February even though the trees were bare and the sun wasn't always out. The double decker bus we took to get in and out of town was a treat, and a bit like a free tour sitting up the front upstairs.

Lane way, Cambridge

Catholic church, Cambridge

Bicycles, Cambridge

Rich enjoying the winter sun, Cambridge

Typical Cambridge scene

Decoration on old building, Cambridge

King's College, Cambridge

Cambridge's famous round church
Historic streets of Cambridge

All Saints church, Cambridge
River Cam, Cambridge

We, of course, made the most of the Bristish comfort food we (especially Rich) had missed, and tried not to think about the extra kilos while tucking into roast dinners, fish and chips, trifle, porridge, shepard's pie, gammon joint, bacon rolls, baked potatoes and the rest. At night, we relaxed in front of a wood fire, then snuggled under layers of duvet in a comfy bed.

Pub Sunday roast, Cambridge

With the days already becoming longer and the official start of Spring approaching, we finally dragged ourselves away from all that family comfort to explore a bit more of the country, and  headed off to catch up with some old friends in not so distant places..............

Great idea- book swap in a disused phone booth, Teversham

Moody day, Mill Pond, Cambridge

Wandering off........

1 comment:

  1. There is an spirit of new adventure within this post, where visas of the lived experience through travel gives wings to the traveler who moves through a sense of history as evident from the photographic perspective that moves through iconic structures along with eccentric expressions like the phone box library. Thanks for the great post.