I am also very late at blogging this story, about a lovely Day Out in Cambridge, which I had nearly 2 weeks ago!
Wednesday 25th April - A Rainy Day in Cambridge
Diane - better known in Blogland as Dinahmow
Celia of Purple Podded Peas
Diane has been travelling in Britain, visiting friends and relatives. Her father was English, but she was born in New Zealand and currently lives in Queensland, Australia.
Diane also likes to make art - printmaking, books, poetry, sketching - you can see some of her work on her blog. She has been following my blog for a while and has left me some very kind comments!
Diane contacted me in February, to ask if I'd like to meet up while she was here. Seemed like a very nice idea, so we agreed that I would meet Diane in Cambridge.
A bonus was that I also got to meet Celia, an artist whose work I admire very much and whose lovely blog I have also been following for a while now, as Diane had arranged to meet her on the same morning.
Harriets Cafe, Cambridge - we met here for morning coffee and chat.
Me and Celia at Harriets
Cambridge in the rain... They were bailing out the punts on The Backs...
Lizzie and Diane in the rain... (note the raincoat - I sacrificed elegance to necessity, so no red coat!)
It may have been rainy, but Celia was still smiling!
We went up to Kettle's Yard, a very special old house that has been made into a gallery. There was an exhibition of work by Alfred Wallis, which Celia and Diane wanted to see. It was great to see this man's work. He was just an ordinary mariner and fisherman, living in St. Ives, who took up painting in the 1930's, after the death of his wife. His paintings are simple, but he painted what he knew - often from memory. I loved how every detail on the boats was correct. His colours were interesting, his choice of materials was unusual, but he has left a set of work that is very special. So glad we went!
Then it was lunchtime. We went to the famous Fitzbillies, where we had a very nice lunch.
While we were eating, the sun came out! So, here's Fitzbillies in the sunshine!
Celia felt she couldn't leave, without buying some famous Fitzbillies Chelsea Buns - the big warmer where they live is known as "the Dalek"!
Smiling in the Sunshine!
Unfortunately it was getting late and Diane & Celia had to go. I said goodbye and headed off to catch my bus back to the Park & Ride (best way to get into Cambridge if you don't need to drive around there etc).
Sunshine on a showery day - Cambridge looks nice in the sun. And all the tourists suddenly rushed to the river, to punt on The Backs!
I nearly forgot:
I asked Celia to bring me a print of hers that I wanted to buy - This is "March Hares" - isn't it great?
I bought it to go with "Night Flight", which I bought last year - you can spot it here, on my Art Wall!
Celia also gave us some of her cards, printed from her original linocuts. Fabulous, aren't they? (She sells these via her Etsy shop, MagicCochinsEmporium - there are some lovely ones there just now.
And Diane very kindly gave us each a lovely glass pendant. Isn't this pretty?
So I was very spoiled.
I had a lovely day out in Cambridge, despite the rain (and cold!). It was lovely to meet Diane and Celia - I hope to meet them again some time - Celia at least.
And it reminded me why I used to go to Cambridge very regularly, as a child and before I was married. Haven't been for such a long time... yet it took me less than an hour to get there and was a very easy drive, despite the rain. Must go again very soon!
So, this was my picture story for Storytelling Sunday. A bit out of date, but I hope you enjoyed it all the same!