Tourist In Cambridge #10 – Wisteria Hysteria

It’s time for another post in the long running series – Tourist in Cambridge. This week the weather has been glorious in between storms, so I got out on my bicycle Florence to get in on the wisteria hysteria!

It’s a picture heavy post today, but I couldn’t help myself. Cambridge in the sunshine is just too good.Wisteria-Covered-Houses Cambridge-Wisteria-Spotting Cambridge-Houses-With-Wisteria I think due to the long winter we had, the wisteria season has been much shorter and also less ‘full’. I tend to visit the same spots each year and there definitely wasn’t as much in bloom. Sidney-Sussex-College-Cambridge Christs-College-Cambridge Cottages-and-Bicycles-Cambridge Wisteria-Doorways-Cambridge I couldn’t help doing a little bike spotting too – especially as this one was wisteria coloured!Lilac-Bike-Spotting-Cambridge We visited this wisteria covered cottage for the Cambridge Creatives Photowalk last April and it looked so different! It’s much greener this year and definitely has less flowers. Bicycles-and-Wisteria-Cambridge Florence-Bicycle Spring-Time-In-Cambridge The meadows are also looking super pretty with lots of buttercups among the cows. The long evenings have been so nice, perfect weather for riverside walks and hanging out in the hammock.Buttercup-Meadows-Cambridge Bicycles-and-Meadows-CambridgeThis summer I’m planning to use this book to explore more of the city and to see if I can find some more gems I haven’t discovered yet! Even after 12 years here, I love playing tourist. Especially when it involves ice cream 🙂




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Tourist In Cambridge #9 – A Photowalk With Olympus

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of joining a group of Cambridge bloggers for a photowalk around Cambridge to test out the new Olympus PEN E-PL8 camera. Today I’m sharing my images from the day as part of my Tourist In Cambridge series.

I’ve been thinking about getting a compact system camera for a while now, so I could take a lighter camera out and about to events instead of my DSLR. Having been a Canon fan girl for years, I wasn’t sure how I would like the Olympus PEN range, but we had tech support from David for the whole day to show us the settings.

Cambridge did the best job for us with beautiful sunshine and Spring flowers everywhere.


The E-PL8 is pretty light in comparison to an SLR and looks fancy too with a nice leatherette finish. It has some cool features and filters built in and syncs with the Olympus app to transfer via a wireless connection to your phone. Great for instant sharing. In my opinon, the app and wireless transfer was quite a bit better than the Canon one.Polka-Dot-Vans-Sneakers Trinity-Lane-Cambridge

We took a stroll through the city with fashion bloggers taking outfit photos and me typically waiting for a quiet spot to capture bikes and flowers. The Backs were looking super pretty with all the Spring blooms.Spring-The-Backs-Cambridge


We played around with depth of field and I definitely found the camera accessible in terms of point and shoot on Auto or P mode.  The-Backs-Cambridge

The colour select feature was a favourite but a bit tricky to find in all the many menus. It wasn’t that intuitive to use, but with a little help from David we used the smart control panel and selected some of our favourite colours. Danielle is a pro at  posing for fashion shots!Olympus-Pen-EPL8-Colour-Select-Feature Kings-College-Cambridge

I had a play around with the manual settings on the camera too, to try some long exposure shots. I found the menu less intuitive than Canon, but then that’s probably because I’ve been used to that for some time! Mill-Pond-Cambridge

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The camera also has a flip out screen which confused me a little as there was a knack to opening it! Great for flat lays though and I loved the live update feature. Being able to see your exposure changes on the screen before snapping was great. I did miss the view finder, but you can buy one as an add-on.Magnolia-in Cambridge Bike-Spotting-Mint-BicycleBike-Spotting-and-Magnolia

There were definitely pros and cons for me for the Olympus PEN E-PL8. It’s a fun camera to use and is great for instant sharing and minimal editing. The menu for me seemed a little clunky – for example, finding the grid feature was embedded a few levels deep.


The colour quality of the photos I took was pretty good and the touch focus feature was super easy to use. It’s a good camera if you don’t have a ton of photography skills already.


I have been considering the Canon M range as I can use my existing DSLR lenses if I grab an adapter (around £90). After using the Olympus PEN range, I definitely want to do some more research about which one would work for me. I’m leaning slightly more toward the Canon range purely because it’s less of an outlay for lens costs.

I hope you enjoyed this little review today and some Spring photos of Cambridge. This photowalk made me really excited for our Cambridge Creatives one on 23 April! There are 60 people currently RSVP’d to come along, so it’s going to be a really fun, colourful day ending in a picnic on Jesus Green. I’m SO excited! More info here.

A big thanks to Olympus UK and Campkins for the day and to Ally for organising. It’s so great to have a group of bloggers in Cambridge to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon with every now and again.



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Tourist In Cambridge #8

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!
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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.Midsummer-Common-Cows

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There’s always a good door or two to enjoy as well.
Cottages-in-Cambridge Cambridge-CottagesMy 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.Pashley-Bicycle-Cambridge Wisteria-Cottages

I’m definitely enjoying looking at the wisteria hysteria hashtag on Instagram lately!Wisteria-Close-UpMy red Cambridge Satchel Company batchel is the perfect bag for cycling as it fits in my basket and can also been worn across the body when I’ve got too many groceries.

I can’t wait for Spring to turn into summer. We’ll be punting, kayaking, having picnics and taking long bike rides along the river. It’s the perfect place to be.



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Catesby’s Home Store And Cafe

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. Catesbys-Interiors-and-Cafe-Cambridge

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. Catesby's-Shop-and-Cafe-Cambridge

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. Cambridge-Candle-Catesby's

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.Catesbys-Shop-Cambridge

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. Decorative-Bowls-Glass-BottlesFollowing 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….
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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?!Cambridge-Satchel-Poppy-Bag

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. Deco-Box-Catesby's-Interiors-Curation Catesbys-Shop-Cambridge-Deco-BoxI definitely have my eye on the Sol Table Lamp in copper as well as the geometric stationery.Decorative-Items-Catesby's-Cambridge

I picked up some letterpress cards from their modest range, each with a little inspiration to pass on to my snail mail friends. Letterpress-Cards

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.Ombre-Vase-Catesby's

I also purchased an Apple and Elderflower candle which has been filling our home with summery scents this week. Catesby's-Home-Store-Haul

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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Eat Cambridge 2016

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.

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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.OOO-Company

Pinkster Gin were there with their eye catching branding.Pinkster-Gin

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!Breckland-Orchard-Posh-Pops

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. Allotment-Cafe

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.Floral-Cakes-Allotment-Cafe Cardamom-Carrot-Cake-Allotment-Cafe

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?!Ely-Fudge-Company

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!Cambridge-Artisan-Hampers

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!