Summer Is Coming

Summer is well and truly on the way in Cambridge. I feel the summer anticipation at this time of year as my day job completes another academic yearly cycle. G and I have booked to watch the May Week fireworks from punting boats and we will try to enjoy the sunshine at weekends in our magical, postcard worthy city.

Here are a few snaps I’ve taken on my cycle home from work recently.









I’ve never been so in love with a place before.



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Instalife July: Summer’s Here

Goodness me it’s August already?! Time for another Instagram round up for July.

We finally saw the summer in the UK and there were some especially hot days in Cambridge. I took time to enjoy it as much as I could (being wary of migraine triggers!).

Cambridge Claireabellemakes

Cycling home from work through the meadows / Enjoying a WI picnic

Sharing my travel smashbook / New postcards from The Calm Gallery

Claireabellemakes Bicycle Bracelets Etsy

Launching the Macrame Bicycle Bracelets in my Etsy store 

Sharing customer photos and a coupon code / Bird Necklaces in store now

DIY Projects Claireabellemakes

DIY projects including a cowboy coffee sleeve for G and a macaron print apron

DIY Braided Watch Strap guest post / Geek crochet for the amigurumi R2-D2!

Tammy Persian Cat on Claireabellemakes

Tammy got into the yarn stash / a cute notebook from Primark would you believe?!

Falling asleep with her mouth open / Helping with laundry

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This weekend I am going to Suffolk to watch my sister do a charity sky dive! It’s going to take a while on the train, so I’m taking my backlog of craft magazines and some crochet. What are you guys doing this weekend?



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Summer in Cambridge

This week (after recovering from a mega migraine) I’ve really enjoyed summer in Cambridge.

My WI group Cambridge Blue Belles organised a picnic on Darwin Island – a beautiful secluded spot at Darwin College surrounded by punters.

Cambridge Summer Picnic

Plenty of food, a chance for croquet on the lawn and lots of fun watching amateur punters pass by. A perfect summers evening in Cambridge.

Cambridge Picnic Darwin Island

One punt was on the way back from a tour with a 3 course meal.

Punting in Cambridge

I managed to take this photo from the bridge as the punt passed underneath us.

Punts in Cambridge

We spotted students reading and relaxing.

Cambridge Students

Swans in Cambridge

Everyone loved Miss Dotty’s summer ice lolly tote bag!

Ice Lolly Tote Bag

My cycle home along the backs gave me an opportunity to snap this shot of Kings College. I never tire of this view.

Kings College Cambridge The Backs

A lovely day off work resulted in lunch with Dad at Byron Burger.

Byron Burger Cambridge

And a stroll back along the Quayside in the scorching sun. Tourists and punt touts everywhere. We even bumped into G who was on his work lunch.

Quayside Punts in Cambridge

I adore Cambridge and can honestly say it’s the best place I’ve ever lived. We are planning many more summer evenings outdoors to make the most of this glorious weather!

How are you enjoying the UK summer?