United Kingdom
South Cambridgeshire District

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  • Day82

    Heading to Cambridge

    June 29, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Packed up and headed off to Cambridge this morning. We have a 2 night stay outside Cambridge before meeting Damian at St John's College on Sunday. We decided to take a less direct route which took us through Rutland ( the smallest county in England) We headed for Rutland Water which is a huge man made lake. The village of Hambleton sits on a peninsular which juts into the lake and is mainly farming land. Hambleton itself is a very gentrified town where Noel Coward wrote Haywire, one of his big theatre hits. Apparently, the town was the scene of many weekend parties for the set and various aristocratic types. Speaking of which nearby is the home of the Earl of Gainsborough at Exton Hall. The house isn't open to the public but the whole village of Exton is part of the estate and is such a pretty place. The church is also set on the estate and can only be accessed down a walking lane. We wandered down and had a good look around. Very pretty setting with a folly by a lake nearby and very brown cows in the foreground. It was great to see lots of sailing, nature reserves and bird watching activities in this area. We also stopped at a larger market town called Oakham where we had a delicious lunch at a healthfood cafe, and a delicious coffee at a roaster. Oakham was nice and we we were a bit sorry we weren't staying for a night or two. At the centre of Oakham are the remains of a small 12th century castle. The castle hall is still there. Inside the walls are covered in horseshoes that historically have been given to the local lord by visiting dignitaries as a tribute. Anyway, we continued to Hardwick just outside Cambridge to our " farmstay" We have a nice room with a kitchenette but it's nothing like a farm and not very rural. Must say after our wonderful scenic cottages to date we were disappointed. Just down the road though we went to a 17C pub called the Blue Lion and had a nice meal.Read more

  • Day14

    Cambridge - Day 14

    May 4, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Woke up a tad groggy, but eager not to waste the day so organise to catch up with Val McKee and Ian's son Fraser, both of whom live in and around Cambridge. No satnav, but I plug in the coordinates to Google maps and way we go. We somehow end up on some country B roads on the way out, which is OK and after doing what feels like a big loop get onto the highway and arrive in Willingham about an hour late. I have a feeling I've picked up possibly my 3rd speeding fine as I try to spot up the rd we are looking for under pressure from some asshoole behind me! This could get bloody expensive! Anyway we catch up with Val, have a tour of her cute little terrace house and garden, and have lunch in the village at the local Auction house and Tea Rooms. we then head off to Cambridge to meet with Fraser who is studying law. After a nightmare drive in peak traffic, including driving the wrong way down a one way street we manage to locate Fraser. He takes us to his local college cafe and under time constraints we have a quick catch up. Unfortunately, as we try to get out of manic Cambridge traffic, we take yet another wrong turn and end up driving 45 mins north instead of East. FML!! 3 hrs later we made it home, not the greatest end to the day, and in the rush to get around we have neglected to get photos with the people we've seen!Read more

  • Day8

    Glastonbury - Day 4 - Foo Fighters

    June 24, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Today had the bands I was most wanting to see, Katy Perry and Father John Misty!
    The first big act was Craig David and our big group of 20, loved signing to Seven Days and Walking Away. He had some new DJ side with TS5, which we all found quite hilarious.
    Then over to The Other Stage for Kaiser Chiefs and I Predict a Riot!
    Back next for my fav, Katy Perry! She belted out most of her hits such as Firework, Teenage Dream and Roar. She seemed a bit unsure that people liked her but the crowd showed her they were big fans. She wore a sparkly onsie and even went crowd surfing!
    We then raced to West Holts stage for the Avalanches, Subways and Since I Left You were great. I didn't think they were as good as when I saw them at the Falls Festival.
    We strolled back past the Pyramid Stage while catching The National sing Bloody Ohio and Terrible Love. Hell yes, this is what it's all about!!
    We got in early to The John Peel Stage for Father John Misty. Let's just say he rocked, my obsession with his music over the last year and a half was loving this. I went on Jake's shoulders for Chateau Lobby and belted out every word to it! Sheer joy here!
    We then made our way to the Pyramid Stage for the Foo Fighters. The crowd was seriously epic. There were flags everywhere, flares going off and Best Of You went on for over 10 minutes. It finished with fireworks for Everlong...big ending! They were epic and what you would expect of them!
    We then headed to check out Shangri-La armed with glow sticks and a glowing balloon. The party scene was jumping, everyone's face had glitter, over 100 band areas and DJ's. This scale is simply amazing. By 4am I had very tired feet and ventured 3km home to my tent!
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  • Day83

    Wallis Farmstay Hardwick

    June 30, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Today we went for a drive around the local area. The countryside is fairly flat and mainly farmland with villages fairly close together. The closer one gets to Cambridge the more suburban they get. Found a nice little village shop for lunch. Across the road was an old church so we went for a quick look. Inside was a man playing the organ which added a bit of mood to the experience.
    Drove back through Grantchester (of TV fame). It looked quite interesting so we resolved to visit again in the morning on our way into Cambridge.
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