Monthly Archives: June 2015

Fitout: 1930s Tiles

Not done a Fitout post for a while! Last weekend we finally got onto an unfinished area in the kitchen where the insulation needed covering with something more attractive! And we had just the thing.

The houses in the street where I grew up were all built in the late 30s, with identical fixtures and fittings included serving hatches between kitchen and dining room, black and white kitchen tiles and built in Art Deco style clocks. Most houses including ours had lost these over the years, as occupants sought to modernise, but some of them in the street still had their original features. When neighbours a few doors down bought their house from the previous elderly owner, it still had the orginal 30s tiles. They removed them to install a more modern look, but my dad was given the tiles. He used them to make a beautiful fireplace surround.

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But there were some left over and they went into the shed “in case they came in useful one day”! And they stayed there for ten years until my mum sold the house last year. She was clearing out the shed and asked if we needed any more tiles for Willow. We took them back with us and finally managed to get them up last week. They still need a bit of trim, but we’re very pleased with them, and it’s so nice to have a little reminder of my childhood home in Willow, along with our bedroom curtains!

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Waterbeach and beyond

Midsummer of course means Midsummer Fair. So on Sunday night we headed out to Waterbeach to avoid the noise and crowds.

It’s always nice to have a change of scenery and it’s a very nice spot with lovely views.

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The cats think it’s excellent out here and Thea in particular has got a lot bolder, and has been developing her hunting skills!

Work has taken me to some lovely places this week as well, we’ve been out delivering programmes to Wisbech, March, and St Ives.

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Welney Wetland Centre on the edge of the Hundred Foot drain

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Upwell, a more familiar place, strange to be here by car not boat!

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Wisbech and Fenland Museum

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The Orchard Tea Rooms, Wisbech, where they serve the most delicious banana cake!

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The Norris Museum, St Ives

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Samovar Tea shop, Ely (Polish custard doughnut)

As you can see it was a tour not just of some of the lovely places but also the cake shops of the Ouse Washes!

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Midsummer’s Eve on Midsummer Common

We spent the evening of the shortest night enjoying a delicious BBQ with boat neighbours and bats. It was still light gone 10pm and the sunset was beautiful! Happy Summer Solstice to you all!

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A Wander in the Washes

Yesterday my colleague Sara and I went on a mission to deliver OuseFest programmes to Ely, Mepal, Sutton and the surrounding villages. We delivered nearly 2000 over the course of the day, and in the process visited some lovely places I’d never been to before.

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We started in Ely and walked the length of the High Street and back with my trolley, handing out programmes and posters to shops and businesses. Towards the bottom of Fore Hill we stopped into the excellent Samovar tea shop for sustenance. I had a delicious lime and blueberry cake, which I ate too quickly to photograph!

Then we drove out to the surrounding villages, like Witchford, Sutton and Coveney. At Coveney, we stopped into St Peter and Vincula, one of the churches on our Isle Of Ely Churches Trail.

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Next stop was Mepal village. One of the places we delivered to was the Three Pickerels pub, on the banks of the Hundred Foot drain. The Hundred Foot is tidal and has no moorings at all. This would be such a lovely spot to stop if only they could install some nice pontoon moorings!

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After lunch on the go, we dropped in to give some programmes to the chair of the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership board, who lives in a beautiful house near the Old Bedford River. It was such a peaceful spot to stop and drink a cup of tea overlooking the not very romantically named but idyllic Counter Drain.

Finally we had a meeting at Mepal Outdoor Centre who are hosting our biggest event. It was very productive and we’ve worked out where all the activities and stalls are going to be. This is the woodland Trust Trail where the kids take turns being blindfolded and leading each other around the trail, learning to trust each other! It looks fun!

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Have I mentioned how much I enjoy my job at the moment?

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Escaping the Fair

Apologies for such a dearth of blogs, I’ve been really busy with my new job and we’ve not done much boating! But last weekend the Strawberry Fair came to town and we decided to head out to Waterbeach on Friday night. It was a beautiful evening.

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And the moorings at Bottisham were delightfully overgrown, making a long grass jungle paradise for the cats!

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On Sunday we returned to Cambridge, to but James headed back to Ely to stay over on Pippin and then help John move Pippin to March for blacking. A 10ft boat on such narrow ditches iand low bridges is a challenge but they arrived successfully in the evening.

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