Today’s blog post is also known as “Wisteria hysteria and the day of bike spotting”. Spring in Cambridge is the perfect excuse for me to take a cycle around the city with my camera for another post in my Tourist In Cambridge series.
The wisteria around Cambridge is abundant this year – it covers the pretty cottages and terraced houses, and even appears on some student accommodation. This post took quite a while to shoot as there were so many people stopping to take photographs of this mound of wisteria!
The sunny skies made for a beautiful backdrop and of course there were lots of bikes around as well as Florence who is still modelling her basket tassels.
Cambridge has so many green spaces and the cows are back on the common! They are so friendly and often create traffic by wandering across the cycle paths. It’s a sign that summer is on the way in the city.
There’s always a good door or two to enjoy as well.
My favourite bikes to spot are Pashley and Bobbin. They have so many beautiful colours and styles. The new range of University of Cambridge Bobbin bikes are so classy, especially the 3 speed chrome paint ladies bike.
At the weekend I was lucky enough to join a group of local bloggers for a wonderful brunch and event at Catesby’s Home Store and Cafe in Cambridge. Situated in an old town house on Green Street, Catesby’s offers beautiful architectural features and is filled to the brim with classy interiors. The store is curated by a couple of passionate, well dressed gentlemen who are ready to share their story.
Jonathon and Neil relocated to Cambridge with their beloved brand back in 2014. Originally based in Norfolk, they were enticed by this beautiful space and its potential for bringing interiors and a welcoming cafe to our city.
On entering the shop, you are greeted by a panelled oak room, with gorgeous fireplaces and an amazing selection of home accessories and fragranced products. On the selection of ladder shelves I spotted a stunning alpaca throw I shall be hinting to the bf about. The whole feel of the shop is classy, but welcoming and not at all pretentious.
These Astier de Villatte candles were lusted after by many of us and of course we all had our eye on the Cambridge one. Neil explained to me the process Francoise Caron uses to create the luxury scents, reminding us of the care and passion that goes into selecting each product they sell in the store.
Continuing to the back of the store, we found another room filled to the brim with yet more home accessories and even stationery which pleased me very much. There were some really affordable pieces in this room (I picked up an ombre vase on sale for £4!) as well as displaying some higher end items such as large mirrors and chairs.
Each item Catesby’s stocks speaks to their philosophy to enjoy ‘the art of living’. They encourage their customers to buy pieces that will last a lifetime in their homes, rather than following interior trends. Following our snoop around the store and a fabulous introduction on the brand’s beginnings, we made our way upstairs for the most delicious brunch in the cafe. There was much excitement over Jonathon’s gluten free lemon and blueberry friands. I must ask him if the recipe is top secret….
Over brunch we all introduced ourselves and had a chance to chat to Julie Deane, the founder of Cambridge Satchel Company. If you’ve been here a while, you know I’ve been a long time fan of the brand so I was very interested to talk to her about her inspirations and lifestyle now the company is such a global success.
Julie is completely down to earth and joined in our interiors chats even showing us snaps of her newly decorated bathroom and pooches. I loved hearing her story about how the brand has grown too. Meeting Julie, Jonathon and Neil really inspired me and only solidifed my wish to support brands that really have a story to tell.
Julie enthused about the new ‘Poppy‘ bag which I feel it might be necessary to own one day. It’s the first bag they have ever named and it was my Nan’s name too. Meant to be?!
After brunch we were treated to an exclusive sneak peek of Catesby’s new venture – the Deco Box. The idea is unique in that they curate a themed box of interiors products for you to add to your home when redecorating. A great idea for people who are not necessarily visual or confident at picking out a cohesive collection for their home. I definitely have my eye on the Sol Table Lamp in copper as well as the geometric stationery.
I picked up some letterpress cards from their modest range, each with a little inspiration to pass on to my snail mail friends.
No doubt you will see this little vase as a prop in photos to come – it was too much of a steal to leave behind and is the perfect home for some Bloom and Wild posies.
I also purchased an Apple and Elderflower candle which has been filling our home with summery scents this week.
A big thanks to Catesby’s for having us and to Pippa for inviting me along. I had such a wonderful morning exploring this hidden gem in Cambridge which was followed by an afternoon of brunch (yes, I had two brunches!) and cycling around the city for another Tourist In Cambridge post which is coming soon.
Oh and be sure to check out the Catesby’s blog which has just begun and will be full of interiors inspiration I’m sure!
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The alternative title for today’s post is “How to torture yourself when you are on a diet”. The food festival ‘main event’ for Eat Cambridge took place last weekend, so I hopped along for a visit and an opportunity to chat to some of my favourite indie foodies in the city.
Let me give you some history here. When we first moved to the city 10 years ago, the street food scene didn’t exist and good sushi was hard to find. Deliveroo was not even a concept and the indie food community was small. Now we are spoiled for choice with new restaurants and pop-up events happening on a weekly basis and there is an amazing bunch of people championing indie food. It’s official – Cambridge is now the foodie’s dream.
Here are a few of my favourites that I came across at the food festival this year.
I picked up some fresh Cypriot halloumi from SBS winners OOO Company which was delicious. We went to a BBQ later that day and it went down a treat. No squeak and so much flavour. I spent the rest of the day regretting that I had only purchased one block.
These delicious savoury muffins were so good and each one focused on a different herb. Find out more at Herbalicious Muffins.
It was good to catch up with Claire, owner of Breckland Orchard posh pops. The flavours just sum up British summer and they are perfect for picnics! If I still drunk alcohol I reckon they’d make great mixers for vodka and gin too!
It’s always a pleasure to see Katie from Allotment Cafe. Her cakes are like beautiful floral art pieces and her girl gang of helpers were just as lovely.
I was SUPER tempted by these but the diet said no. I can definitely vouch for the brownies though as I may have caved when Katie had her pop-up at Novi.
Ali was there with her Baltic Bakes which I did treat myself to one of. I tried a warm apple and raspberry piragi which was just the right amount of sweet. With a little cinnamon added it was perfet.
I totally resisted the Ely Fudge Company stall. Can I please have my medal now?!
Lastly, it was super to see Cambridge Artisan showing their beautiful hampers which contain locally sourced goodies from all over East Anglia. I shall definitely be visiting their website for Christmas presents this year. A family run business (the guys behind the amazing Churros van) and this one is led by 15 year old Amelise. One to watch!
I left with some goodies for G (Burwash Manor Sausage rolls) and took a sneak peek in Sticks and Sushi on the way out before they opened to the public later that day. If pre-opening reviews are anything to go by, I think we finally have quality sushi in Cambridge in a really cool setting.
Talking of sushi, Eat Cambridge has some amazing fringe events running until 22 May, so I’ll be taking a Sushi class with Jo at Bridges Cafe this weekend. Keep an eye on my Twitter if you want to see the results!
In our (rented) house, we have quite a mish mash of art work. There are some canvasses of my photographs, some Japanese pieces G picked up on his travels, illustrations from local artists and a Quentin Blake print of G’s favourite childhood book Matilda.
I recently discovered Place In Print, a London design studio which specialises in locally themed art products including a great range of typographic city prints. This Cambridge Type Map is just brilliant! All the street names are listed in the shape of the city centre map.
These clever prints are a great keepsake for your home city or for somewhere you have once lived. It works pretty well for Cambridge as the city is so small and contained. They have lots of specific London area maps available too.
I think it fits really nicely with my vintage books on Cambridge, I’m planning to style a city themed bookshelf with the print as the main feature.
Place In Print are going to be at the Renegade Craft Fair in London on 7 and 8 November, so I look forward to seeing more of their work in person! Would you guys be interested in a haul post or video about my purchases from the market?
Have you discovered any cool prints lately?
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The change in season always makes me want to share another post for my Tourist In Cambridge series. This weekend, we took a walk along the riverside and captured some beautiful autumn light.
Living near the river is something I value so much. Even though we are in a city, there is a sense of calm near the water or green spaces. If I ever need to switch off and take a break from work, this is where I go.
So when Travelodge asked me to share my favourite place in Cambridge for their #FlauntYaHaunt campaign, I knew this would be a great excuse to take a photo walk. Along the river you always see plenty of rowers, kayakers, cyclists and runners. It’s also the place I’m learning to rollerskate!
I hope you enjoy the results of the photo walk and our impromptu stop off later on!
I also made a video of our riverside walk. It has a bit of a different feel to some of my previous videos so I hope you like it!
Whilst we were out, we also took a slight detour to the Varsity Rooftop Terrace Bar to see some views of the city from up high. I think this could become a new favourite place and we hope to catch the fireworks from here on bonfire night.
Looking down on the city reminded me of when I got G a flying lesson and he flew us over the city in a light aircraft. That’s a story for another day I guess!
I’d love to know your favourite place in your town or city. What makes where you live special?
*This post was written in collaboration with Travelodge.