Post – conference, a quick dash over to Cambridge to see Jonathan. I was fortunate to be able to stay with my friends just out of Cambridge at a village called Wareseley.
I was struck immediately by the speed of change in early Spring. Two weeks ago, there was a heavy fall of snow all round England – with Heathrow airport being closed for a little while. Within two weeks there are spring flowers just beginning to push their heads above ground. Here are several of the flowers I saw when on walks around Waresley Wood.
An almost atavistic change – and in two weeks, climate willing, I am sure that there would be a carpet of flowers all round. England will be so beautiful – such a change from the barren Winters with trees profiled against the sky and brown leaves all over the ground.
On the way into Cambridge we stopped at the American GI cemetery. A very sobering place, full of the memories of lost potential and a sense of massive insanity. Beautifully manicured, it was rather poignant to see the Stars of David among the many crosses there
Cambridge has a different atmosphere from Oxford. Architecture is more pointed towards the heavens, without the stubby look that Oxford has. Roads are generally a little wider and the whole place looks a little more modern. Jonathan was able to show me through Emmanuel College. Here is the chapel
Below is the rear of the College – having descended to the pub and looking out towards the library – not much distance between these two, which must be convenient for students of the very “occasional’ moment LOL
We also managed to get into the Kings College chapel – a truly imposing sight, inside and out. I am sure that people must have held these landmarks with awe when they were built hundreds of years ago. Inside the seating has its own hierarchy, with choir at the bottom, clergy above and bishops of course at the top. High vaulted ceilings and beautiful stained-glass windows are a feature inside.
We also went past the rather less than imposing entrance to Trinity College, Cambridge. No relation to Trinity College London, I was struck by the difference of colour between the two large doors – only to be told that one of them is cardboard – “away for renovation”!
Walking around Cambridge, I was able to see the signs of life. Here is a berry plant. the owner ( who emerged to see what I was doing to his bush when I was talking this photo) did not know what it was. Rather too small for Crab-apples and not Holly leaves….This was a particularly luxuriant growth in the urban environment.
Below is a nearby small holly bush – to show the difference.
I was also struck by a tree growing in the town centre. Surrounded by grass, it shrouds a growth of small spring flowers under it’s embracing branches – as yet still unsullied by the verdant growth all round – showing no signs of spring growth – probably wisely as there may still be another cold spell to come before England emerges from the grip of Winter. However, before I leave to return to the New Zealand Autumn after the season of Summer that Nature forgot, it was very nice to see Spring in Cambridge