You cannot turn a corner in Cambridge without a cyclist whizzing by. There are rows and rows of bicycles at the train station and around the market place. There’s something about cycling in this city – it provides escapism and heritage on every street.
I love my dutch bike. It’s the perfect way for me to travel around Cambridge and remain eco-friendly, whilst saving a pretty penny on transport costs. All things bicycle themed make me smile. If it includes a pretty basket, then all the better.
I kept seeing great bicycle themed items on Etsy, so I decided to create my first treasury. Have a look and let me know what you think. I think most of these will be making their way onto my wish list!
Do you cycle or have any bicycle themed items to share?
Living in Cambridge gives me every excuse to travel by bicycle. In a city where there are more bikes than cars and the cycle lanes fill up the streets, you could look out of place without a bike.
We haven’t had a car for 6 years now, (get us – eco friendly!) so my custom Dutch bike gets me around and ensures I can access all the best places to take tea in the city. This weekend, the boyfriend, the bike and I, took trip along the river to the Orchard Tea Garden in Grantchester, Cambridge.
Many people punt along the river to the historic team rooms, which are surrounded by meadows and beautiful countryside. We took a little walk once we arrived in Grantchester and passed some stunning cottages topped with thatched roofs with pretty gardens infront. Quintessentially English.
Wandering past the idylic meadows, we found gardens and passageways with pretty flowers and trees. How lovely is this classic lamppost and spiralling tree branches?
As we approached the orchard, the clouds gathered over head and we wondered if we would be able to take our tea outside with the rest of the visitors. It was 2pm and the gardens were starting to get busy with tourists.
The orchard was first planted in 1868 and first became a tea garden by chance. A group of Cambridge students began the traditional of taking tea in the orchard in 1897 and The Orchard Tea Garden was born.
We opted for tea and a scone to share. They were GIANT! Clotted cream and jam were a must. We debated whether cream or jam was spread first.
I was slightly disappointed to learn that the tea wasn’t loose leaf, but the queues were rather long, so I forgave them. The scone was utterly delicious and I couldn’t help peeking at other tables with lunch plates and fresh cakes. There were plenty of birds enjoying the orchard with us.
We spent a good two hours in the orchard enjoying our tea and remarking how lucky we are to live in Cambridge. Moments like these make me realise how the traditions, history and beautiful settings confirm we chose the right place to live.
We’ve decided to make a list of all the things we want to enjoy in Cambridge; some touristy, some simple and some magical. I love lists. One of these list items includes a sub list of 5 other places to take tea. I am sure I’ll be sharing these with you in blog posts to come.
Finally, we took a wet cycle home along the river (typical English summer!) and arrived back to this little fluff ball who had wedged herself into the bean bag.
For a while now I’ve been getting to grips with my SLR Camera and venturing out on photography trips around my home city. Cambridge is hugely photographic, with plenty of postcard images on every corner. Combined with the creative buzz, architecture, river views and green spaces, it is difficult not to feel inspired every day. I know I am lucky to live here.
I hope you will enjoy my ‘tour’ of the city through this post. If you don’t even plan to ever visiting Cambridge, I hope the photography will at least be something nice to look at.
The most iconic/postcard image of the city is Kings College, used by locals and tourists as a hotspot for outdoor lunch or meeting up (weather permitting) to watch the world go by.
Just opposite, is the super tasty and decadent Fudge Kitchenwhere you can taste, make and buy SLABS (yes, slabs) of fudge to take home. I recently tried the maple syrup & walnut fudge and it.was.amazing. They even have a loyalty card with double points on a Friday. Win.
The Market Square hosts all manner of sellers, incuding my favourite vintage sellers Retrovert and the Ostrich Farmer on Sundays. Waffles, fresh flowers, cakes and fruit and veg all week, come rain or shine. A shopping must for visitors and residents.
The River Cam is my little haven for quiet time and walks. Equally you can join the masses and punt along the backs of the college or even get up at the crack of dawn for rowing training. I am lucky enough to live incredibly close to the river.
My prerequisite for living in Cambridge, was getting a bicycle. It is the best way to get around the city and my trusty dutch bike gets me places in all weathers! You see all sorts of cyclists in the city, from those riding with an umbrella to pooches in baskets.
The Sheep Shopis a definite for knitters and crochet fans. Tucked away along the river, this quiet haven of yarn includes a shop and courses at a reasonable price. This weekend I will take the first steps towards learning crochet – watch this space!
I hope you enjoyed the tour today!