My love affair with Cambridgeshire… well lets say started off well, a little rocky. However in the last 12 years it has grown into a full blown love affair.
There are the beautiful villages in South Cambridgeshire, Cambridge itself with the ancient colleges, river and punting and there is our little area in the desolate Fenland North.
Our former small island is like a little jewel in the Fens. You can see the Cathedral for miles in any direction and know you are on your way home. At night it’s lit light a beautiful lighthouse and at Advent the lights change colour each night, which never fails to make me smile.
At Christmas, the Cathedral is like something out of Harry Potter, there is something beautiful about celebrating the holidays in a building that is a 1000 years old, you can almost feel all the people who have come before you. And when it snows it’s just stunning, children sledge in the view of the Cathedral. We only have the one hill in town, it is the Fens after all±
The people here are amazing, there is such a sense of community. There are about 15,000 people live here and we now can’t walk down the street without meeting someone we know. People who you don’t know will say a cheery ‘Hello’ when you walk past them and it’s still the kind of place where everyone looks out for each other and has a chat with random strangers. I have made so many wonderful friends here, there is a real warmth here.
We have weekly markets, an Eel Day (lots of fun for the kids and water racing), Apple Fairs, Boat races and a brilliant Christmas Market, but for some reason my favourite is Apple Fair. I can never resist buying lots of juices and ciders from the local producers – just heavenly!
The local independent bookshop, which offers you a cup of freshly brewed coffee while you browse brings us famous authors to give talks. This month alone we have Neil Gaiman and Margaret Atwood here in town. We are also very proud to have one of the best tea rooms in the UK, right next to the river. We also have a coffee shop which not only has yummy homemade cake, it also has a hot chocolate menu – who can argue with the genius of that?
Because we are in North Cambridgeshire we aren’t far from the North Norfolk Coast which I utterly adore, it’s just over an hour away in the car. So if the weather is bright, we often jump in the car and head up there to play on the beach, or go crabbing and kite flying, or even better head to one of the yummy pubs for some fresh seafood.
Now I wouldn’t live anywhere else, and if we ever have to leave for work I’ll be heartbroken. All of this is 70 minutes from London’s Kings Cross and even quicker when we get our intercity in 2018. Shhhh don’t tell anyone!
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