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October 25th, 2008 – by: AndyBrook
After a quick meal of sausages I packed a few things into a bag and then set about helping T & S pack for our weekend in Cambridge.
Then, after a mere hour of cajoling and persuading we hit the road and went to get Cadburyâ€™s chocolate Ã©clairs (a must for any expedition) and some fuel for the car. An hour and most of the next one later found us in Cambridge having listened to both CDs in Sâ€™s â€˜Now 22â€™ collection. Quite amazing that a seemingly reputable recording company can squeeze so much tripe on to two discs.
My two Labradors R and F welcomed us in and of course my lovely Parents too. I hit the sack early as I told T & S to be up by 9:30 so we could get on the river while the weather was good. As it turned out the weather was pretty fine all day so after a fried brekkie we wandered into town and secured tickets aboard a trinity punt of superb calibre. Being a seasoned punter myself I took to demonstrating correct Cambridge punting technique to T & S. T had been with me before so knew the routine, but S was very wary of falling in. We punted up river to the Mill pond where I eventually persuaded S to have a go (see attached photo). S was very good, although didnâ€™t want to let me sit down while she tried punting. This left me miming Sâ€™s actions immediately behind her in order to not get knocked into the water by the punt pole.
We punted up and down the entire section of the â€˜backsâ€™ (the section of the river Cam that runs past the backs of the university colleges). When everybody had had enough we retired to Fitzbillies for Chelsea buns, but not before T almost fell in. Approaching a bridge with above average speed, T attempted to synchronise the punting stroke so that the pole was submerged when we went under the bridge. Sorry T, you are not so lucky. The handle caught the underside of the bridge, the punt kept rolling on underneath it and T was caught with that awkward dilemma between punt and pole. The pole almost got the better of him and was in the lead with points until T let it go and fell forwards into the punt. We paddled back with the emergency paddle and rescued the now apologetic punt pole from its position caught in the transom of the bridge.
Fitzbillies and their Chelsea buns deserve an entire paragraph because the shop is amazing (10) and the Chelsea buns are off the chart (10 doesnâ€™t quite do them justice). Fitzbillies is a patisserie in central Cambridge; they serve an exquisite selection of cakes and confections including Sache tort and their infamous Chelsea buns. Basted no less than seven (7) times in their own rich dark syrup during the cooking process.
We then stopped to see the Chronophage and then high tailed it back home for some lunch.
In the afternoon we had a hankering for something random, so we went and looked at a whole bunch of recumbent bicycles and met a complete nutter (nutter: see devoted enthusiast) who runs the place.
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