I spent the morning moving furniture in the lounge to accommodate a single bed so that my husband can come home, possibly on Thursday, but it will depend upon what time the bed arrives. I then purchased the bed and went into Cambridge to purchase single bed linen as we do not have any.

I had lunch in Cambridge and then visited my husband during the afternoon. I took this picture as I walked across Christ’s Pieces and although the flowers are a little past their best they still depict Cambridge on a sunny day with people on their bicycles.

Fag Break


This morning I completed some paperwork and dealt with some student’s queries. Then I repotted some cacti and orchid plants before cooking an early lunch. After lunch we went into Saffron Walden as my husband had a dental appointment. We met after his appointment and then took a walk around the town before having coffee in café CouCou. I took this street scene of a man on his fagbreak, on the way to the café.



Today we went back to Cambridge to sort out the software on my replacement iPhone. Obviously I did not have an appointment, but was booked in, placed in a queue and asked to return in thirty minutes. While we waited, we had coffee in Costa, which is close to the Apple shop in Lion Yard. Then my phone’s software was updated and I decided to restore the phone from the Cloud while I was there; it took a while. Then we had lunch in Ed’s Diner in Lion Yard. We had not been there before, but they have a gluten- free menu. I had a burger in a bun, something I have never had before and some fries. It was okay, but if we go there again, we will go early enough to try their breakfast; I am not keen on burgers, now that I have had one.

Then we had a walk, ending up at the University Centre where we had coffee before coming home again. I took this picture near the market place of these people, some eating lunch, others just resting.

Once home I then had to restore the rest of my apps and items from iTunes and now two hours later it is almost back to where it was three days ago. There seem to be some new apps, which I do not want, so I will spend the rest of the evening sorting out the layout, which seems to be slightly different. Then maybe I will be able to catch up with comments and your journals.

Carrot Cake

It has been a lovely sunny day and quite hot in Cambridge. We went into town for breakfast at BHS and later coffee in the café nearby. Today’s extra picture is of my husband with the BHS shop in the background, included to record the closing of this retail chain.

Later we walked over to the main town and eventually caught the bus to Addenbrookes hospital for my husband’s appointment. This was in the fracture clinic and it was a whirlwind event; all okay for now, but back in four weeks. I had read half a page of my book before we were called in.

The ‘3’ shop had heard of the scams, but so far have not found a way to block these calls; they should speak with T-mobile who I understand are already able to do this. They were not a lot of help in the shop and I still have to ring customer services. I will keep you posted as to any further developments

My bruises are still visible, to me anyway, although the pain has subsided except for occasional twinges.

Today’s main picture is of gluten-free carrot cake, which is a new addition to Scotsdales cake menu. We had to call at Scotsdales as I needed to diesel from the nearby garage and a trip to Cambridge is not complete without a visit to Scotsdales.

Simon’s 50th Birthday


Although it was a ‘Bank Holiday’ in the UK, I still worked during the morning to keep up with my self-imposed marking schedule. Then we met with our family for a birthday lunch for Simon, our son-in-law who was celebrating his fiftieth birthday.

We always celebrate family birthday’s, usually with a visit to a restaurant. We had not been to The Fighting Cocks before, it not far from Audley End railway station; we will be going again. The food was excellent, but even better was the gluten-free selection; Oliver and I had difficulty choosing from the wide range; I will be going back for gluten-free sausage and mash with onion gravy, the curry and at least two more puddings. The owner’s wife and daughter are both Coeliac so we were confident that they knew what they were doing. Later in the year they will be producing a separate gluten-free menu. After lunch we went to their house for cake.

Today’s picture is the whole group, kindly taken by one of the other diners in the Fighting Cocks, it shows us just before we ate our pudding; gluten-free apple crumble and cream in my case.



My marking is not going to plan as I had to go into Cambridge today to collect my Nikon camera after it had been repaired. This of course involved coffee and cake as well as a visit to Scotsdales on the way home. I did need to go to Scotsdales as the new pond plants were coming in today and I needed some Water Hyacinths for my small pond for the frogs to sit on; I also bought two blue water Iris.

I did some work before I went out and after tomorrow, except for Sunday I have no other commitments so I can mark full time; I will get them finished by the deadline so no problem there.

It has been warm and sunny all day. Today’s picture was taken outside Jessops, in Fitzwilliam Street I think, when I was testing that the camera was working okay.

Table Tennis


My ‘proper’ camera has not been focusing very well recently and I have used only my small bridge camera. Yesterday I gave it to my husband to test; he tried it with two lenses to prove that it was the camera and not the lens, so this morning we went into Cambridge, to Jessop’s Camera Shop so they could send it back to Nikon for me. I suspect it will cost an arm and a leg, but it is still my favourite camera, despite being rather heavy to carry these days.

No cake today, but plenty of coffee. My husband’s leg is not allowing him to walk very far, but we walked to Christ’s Pieces to take some pictures and that is where today’s picture was taken of some people playing table tennis; it is the first time that I have seen these tables being use.