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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Free advice is worth...

“Don’t go to Cambridge in the winter! Or even early spring. Ghastly.” A friend who had gone to Cambridge tried to put me wise. “The wind comes howling down across the fens, the land is completely flat. No protection. Bitterly cold. Winter. Even early spring. As I said, ghastly.” He had shaken his head, looking every inch like a wet bulldog, and offered no further explanation. We went there anyway, hoping the early May weather would turn favorably warm. My friend had been right, the approach to Cambridge was flat. Reminiscent of approaching Dayton, Ohio! Suddenly, it’s there. And so were we.


Anonymous said...

Your friend was right, the wind blows all the time, in fact, I remember it more than the rain. (former East Anglian)

Duchess of Tea said...

Your friend is absolutely right, my children and I were caught in the cold three springs ago, never again.


Dustjacket Attic said...

I can vaguely remember being frozen to bits!


Michelloui said...

I think everywhere in Britain is windy this year so you might have been just as wet and winded anywhere you went in early May!

I severely dislike wind.

Did you enjoy Cambridge anyway? I love Cambridge!

The Prodigal Tourist said...

Actually, we had lovely weather in Cambridge and we enjoyed it very much. (Frances is smiling knowingly, she says the weather's always nice when she's in England--what can I say?)