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A small group of us set off on a short walk in the countryside from Coton.
As we were passing the church (pictured) on our left hand side we were hailed by the church warden waving the church key. As everyone seemed to be keen, we took the opportunity to have a quick look inside this historic - and charming - building dating back to the 12th century. With a thank you and a hearty wave, we headed up through the village taking a small path leading up towards Madingley. Our circular walk took us down by the side of the American Cemetery, and out onto the fields beyond. We listened for the bird's evening chorus in the ancient woodland, and enjoyed the cool gentle breeze on what was probably our last summer's evening walk of the year.
Weather proved to be quite pleasant for our bike ride from Histon to Swavesey. So after kitting Stewart up with a bike, four of us (Nick, Pete, Val and Stewart) met up on Histon Green and set off through the village to join the Guided busway and it's fabulously smooth traffic free cycle track. A gentle ride out to Swavesey followed before looping back through the village and some nice quiet country lanes to Longstanton where we took the old airfield perimeter road to Oakington and a well earned stop for tea and cake at the garden centre. From there it was only a few kms back to the busway and down to Histon station where we split up to return home.
All told a very pleasant afternoon, no-one fell off and no-one got left behind. Also nice and healthy (well - apart from the cake!). A total of 26.8 kms - about 16.5 miles in old money.
We do know how to picnic! Got it off to a fine start. Some of you might have thought that the event would be rained off last night. Not at all. Us hardened British folk soldiered on and managed to enjoy three hours of rain free event before the heavens opened up and the raineth cometh!
Excellent performance with a mischievous Puck roaming the crowds begging for food scraps. She was fussy too - obviously alergic to nuts!
Another fine dining event at 22 Restaurant. We had a lovely table, set in the middle of the elegant Victorian dining room. Started the evening off with a glass of champagne (getting to be a bit of a tradition) then on to some rather lovely food and wine selected by Dave and Nick.
Check out my dessert - yum!
Jacky and Val managed to arrange some lovely weather for a their BBQ event on Sunday and about 30 of us took advantage.
Not only did we have the BBQ with requisite fine spread of salads to go with the burnt meat and deserts but we had fine Cucumber Sandwiches to accompany the Croquet (when we could work out the rules).
A great surprise was Ian's model railway, giving rides to a steady queue of takers.
Of course we had to employ the only official "railway person" we had to drive before he called in the union and had eveyone out on strike.
At least Alans driving was somewhat more controlled than Christines "waving hands in the air" style - you had to be there - fortunately Ian was on hand to stop the train before it went crashing through the fence.
All told a very pleasant afternoon/evening - and more to come...Edit Post
Slightly fewer entries than previous months (18 from 8 photographers) for July's theme of The Four Elements - Earth, Air, Fire and Water - but what we lacked in quantity we more than made up for in quality with some excellent shots. A fun evening was had critiquing the shots and there did seem to be a reasonable consensus on how shots might be improved.
Entries and comments are available at https://cambsivc.org/photos.
In the voting there was one winner Helen's - "Embers" definitely capturing the element of fire.
Three entries then tied for joint second.
Nick's Zion Valley from Angels Landing
Val's Scorched tree
and Alan's Earth and Water
August's assignment is "A song, book or film title" - You've just been commissioned to shoot the cover for an album or book or a film poster - produce an image which represents the subject.
Get you entries in at https://cambsivc.org/photos
Critique/Judging will be on 5-Sep with guest host Tony