This probably has a real name (sorry, don't know it) but it is the lawn separating Kings College from the River Cam in Cambridge, UK. In the summer, there are lots of tourists taking photos of punts or Kings College Chapel, but this is a cold January morning. Memories of John Betjeman's famous poem "Sunday Morning, King's Cambridge"" ...The white of windy Cambridge courts, the cobbles brown and dry,..."
We ate a 3 course lunch today at Cote Brasserie in Bridge Street, Cambridge. £13.50 each, and they add the gratuity to the bill (much better than tipping in my view). If the service was poor you can remove this gratuity. Service and food were very good. We will go there again.
In the UK BHS has closed its doors. Many of the shops are now being occupied by other retailers. This one in the Grafton Centre, Cambridge, UK is undergoing extensive changes. I have no idea who is coming here next. Boring to many, but a reminder to me of when these changes happened. Picture taken from a moving bus.
Years ago we bought a car from West's garage in Cambridge. They moved and now they are building new student flats on the site. This photo was taken from a bus tonight in the dark. No doubt these are "posh" flats with en suite facilities. Not a bit like we had back in the 1960s.
As a famous university town, Cambridge gets a fair number of visitors. With BREXIT, I guess the money now goes even further.
This was a group of visitors from the Far East outside St Johns College. Of course, you have to take a few photos! This café, Le Pattesier, just opposite St Johns, serves decent meals at decent prices, with a smile.
Cambridge is famous as a university town filled with bikes! This shot, just across the road from Trinity College, is typical. There are a lot of bikes in Cambridge. In the summer months it is filled with foreign students on bikes, most who are lost and not used to being on the left of the road.
Every other Tuesday I have been going in to Cambridge on the service bus to my U3A course on Polar Studies at the Scott Polar Institute. As the speaker today was commanded to go to the Economic Forum in Davos, we had a different speaker at short notice: he was very good.
On the way in, I just relax and count the bird species I see. Usually it is between 8 and 12 different species, although in total I have seen many more.
What struck me today was the vast number of blackbirds. They were everywhere. I am not sure why there seem to be so many: are the marking territory or seeking mates?
For over 40 years there has been a grade 2 listed former farmhouse empty
in our village. Slowly it was going to ruin. Over the last 2 years it
has been extensively renovated and is now for sale. Today was an "open
house" so we went to have a look around. Someone will like it and buy
it. It is on the market for just under £1M. It would make a good Bed
& Breakfast house or large family home. It is just across the
road from the church. This picture shows the view from one of the
Our local museum has an exhibition about railways in and around Burwell.
Passenger traffic ended in the early 1960s but freight traffic limped
on for a few more years. They also had a video of the branch line to
Mildenhall from Cambridge which went through Burwell.
This redundant church in Cambridge was visited on Friday. It was open.
It is located just north of the Folk Museum. I'll do a write-up for the
church blog next week. Nice place - small but holy. It is a pity it is no longer in use.
Our best man 45 years ago (we married in 1971) has left after a few days with us. He is a good friend and guest and we always pick up as if we saw each other just yesterday. He live 200 miles away and it is often 6 months or more since we last met.
Today we did a walk at Quy, knowing that nearby Anglesey Abbey (National Trust) would be quite busy at the weekends. On this walk we saw very few people, but quite a few birds including 2 little egrets and 1 buzzard overhead. We heard a couple of green woodpeckers and saw mute swans, tits, a coot and several mallard ducks.