I was in town unusually early on Sunday morning. This is Rose’s college, St Catharine’s, just before dawn.
The river, just a few streets away, was unusually still.
Silver Street, because of the location of the coach-parking areas, is one of the first things that many tourists see. They don’t often see it looking like this, though!
At King’s College, only one chimney showed any signs of life.
Gradually, as things warmed, a brief mist appeared over the water.
But it soon cleared, as the sun rose a little higher, and started to reach the tops of the trees.
The garden at St Botolph’s was also looking beautiful:
The streets were quiet…
And I crept quietly away as the day was beginning.
There are many benefits to living close to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, but, as any Cambridge resident will tell you, its effect on the aesthetics of the region is not one of them. Usually the best way to improve its visual appearance is to go a long way away. And then face in the opposite direction.
Even Addenbrooke’s can have its moments, though. It’s about 4 miles from my house, as the crow flies, so this was taken with a long lens from my kitchen window.
Friends in the Cambridge area, or with an interest in its history, may enjoy this short 1947 informational film, Draining the Fens, at the East Anglian Film Archive.
Now, I’ll grant you, that doesn’t sound like the most gripping movie title, but this one is only nine minutes long, and if you’ve ever driven across the East Anglian countryside pondering the networks of rivers and drainage dykes, this explains how they came to be, and what can happen when they go wrong.
(The audio is a bit dodgy at the start, but improves.)
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