Posted by: Ian Briggs on 15th July 2011 at 4:44 pm
So we are almost two thirds of the way through our holidays and having not written anything on here for a while, I have some time to update on what we have done so far…
We started with four days camping in the Lake District and found a beautiful campsite right on the banks of Lake Ullswater. Great views of the distant hills and the relaxing hum of the steamer boats chuffing up and down the lake made this a nice relaxing start to the holiday.
We also did some good walking here including an 8-mile trek across the hills alongside the lake. However this was followed by a cream-tea so the health benefits were maybe wasted!
We then headed across to Norfolk and spent our wedding anniversary in Norwich – a city we really miss since moving away from England. On our way back to our hotel there was a fantastic firework display to celebrate the lord mayor’s show.
This was followed by some camping up on the north Norfolk coast and another mammoth 7-mile walk along Blakeley point to sea the seals. This was a great experience and although the walk was tough (having to walk on a single beach because the tide came in) it was well worth it. We were also treated to a surprise concert in Cromer of The New Squadronaires Orchestra which is an RAF Big Band. They were stunning and the lead clarinettist was particularly amazing!
So now we are in our old haunting ground in and around Cambridge and have been visiting places we never managed to go when we did live here…the botanic gardens and the wonderful Fitzwilliam Museum.
A week left of our holidays before heading on the big drive back up to Scotland to catch the boat…some more camping and meeting old friends is in store so we’re just hoping the weather stays good and that my hayfever goes away!
Posted by: Ian Briggs on 27th September 2010 at 8:05 am
This weekend we have been over in Cambridge, primarily for the final weekend of the Cambridge film festival.
From the glimpse we got it seems to have been a huge success and proved as popular as ever. It is a shame that the festival organisers have lost funding from the principal sponsor but thankfully it didn’t change this year’s festival and hopefully won’t affect next year’s either.
We saw three films this weekend: ‘The Butcher’s Son’ which was set in the Dominician Republic and was an interesting story told in a nice way with some lovely visual shots. Some moments were a bit clichéed including the ending which felt like it was there just to round things off nicely, but overall it was a solid film.
‘Chico and Rita’ was the surprise screening and although I wouldn’t say I am a fan of animated films, this one was fantastic. It didn’t take long before the strength of the story made you forget it was animated at all (even though visually it looked stunning), and a phenomenally good jazz/Cuban score kept the pace up throughout. It seemed to be well received and it was worth us travelling over just to see it!
‘Made in Dagenham’ was the closing film and although expectations were low, it proved to be a fun film with a few good laugh-out-loud moments. It had all the things you would expect in a feel-good, rousing British film but benefitted from some great performances from Bob Hoskins and Sally Hawkins. There was also an interesting Q&A with the producer and screenwriter at the end.
So now we have our final day in Cambridge before heading back to the airport to fly home. We did manage to head round the city for a bit on Sunday morning to try to take some pictures. We managed to get an hour or two in before the weather defeated us, so I’ll update the photos section of my blog when I get them uploaded.
Until next time…
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