Hubby's aunt is over from Germany for a course in Cambridge so we met her on Saturday and tooke her out for the day. It's not easy, she's been based in Germany for so long now that she speaks English (very loudly) with a German accent and many of the nuances and jokes pass way over her head. She's so loud it's embarrassing! I'm sure the people in the pub we had lunch in were enthralled by our conversation. Oh well, at least we didn't take her somewhere we'll be going back to any time soon!
We decided to take her to Ely, she's a very religious person, in fact she used to be a missionary in the Philippines and the course she's on is something Church-y. She mentioned she'd never been to Ely so it seemed a good place to start and the Cathedral is a beautiful building. We weren't very impressed with the charge of £5 per person they wanted though - so instead of 3 people each going in and giving a donation to their coffers, Hubby and I didn't go in at all (we've been a couple of times before anyway) and Aunt just went in to say a prayer - the Cathedral didn't get a bean. I know that it's expensive to keep these places open but I really do think they've got a nerve to require payment to visit a church - if I remember rightly from Sunday School days, Jesus threw a bit of a wobbly over people trading and making money within the synagogues hmmmm......
We had lunch and a wander around Ely - and a quick poke around in the maddest shop ever - The City Cycle Centre - which sells bikes and toys, DIY and models - and lurking right at the back a little crafty area with lots of fabric, haberdashery, a bit of card-making and all sorts of interesting bits and pieces - a real Aladdin's Cave of a place!
Then off to Denny Abbey near Waterbeach, which is an English Heritage site. It's got quite an interesting history, having been a Benedictine Church, then it belonged to the Knights Templar, then the Franciscan Nuns the Poor Clares, then after the dissolution it became a farmhouse and was owned by a succession of families and companies including at one time Chivers - the jam people. This is one of our regular places to visit as the setting is so pleasant and peaceful. There's a farmland museum there, and also a cottage which has been decorated in the style of a farmworker's cottage of the 1940's, complete with it's little cottage carden and a "privy".
Next stop was for coffee and cake at a Garden Centre near Huntingdon, after which I managed a little look-see in their craft department (well it would be rude not to, wouldn't it?) I bought some sort of skin coloured card with which to have a play with my new QK dies, a couple of the lovely 6x6 Making Memories paper pads which I love. I got a bargain pack of interlocking plastic pots for £6.99, there are 5 stacks, four different sizes of little pots and very useful for all those teeny weeny bits and bobs. I've got quite a lot of the smallest size already - they are the ones you can buy in Boots and they cost me over £2 the last time I bought some, so I'm well chuffed with my new purchase! Dropped Aunt off back in Cambridge and headed for home. Just got back before the now seemingly daily thunderstorm......phew!