Category Archives: Real Life

Back to nature … at least for a while

Yesterday Silke and I took advantage of the nice weather and went on a walk in the forest at Brandon Country Park. We initially planned to follow the medium length walk (3.5 miles or 5.6km). But after a few hundred meters in the cool fresh air in the wood we decided to take the long path (6 miles or 9.7km).

It was a very relaxing experiences being (almost) out of the civilisation for a while. Only the distant noise from the A11 disturbed the gentle sound of the wind and the buzzing of the insects occasionally. All the worries and stress of our everyday life seemed to be far away.

Although we didn’t walk at our top speed we needed much less than the three hours which the signpost suggested. Exhausted but happy we took a break and stocked up on some sunshine. Finally we drove back to Cambridge to have our well deserved dinner.

Traffic collapse in Cambridge

A terrible accident on the M11 caused a traffic collapse in Cambridge today. Two of the major roads, the A14 and the M11, were closed for hours and people couldn’t get home from work.

Because my wife took our car to get to work this morning she was stranded, too. We decided to meet in a pub in the city so she could avoid the worst traffic. It took me less time to get there by bike unsurprisingly. When my wife finally arrived we had nice Thai food for dinner. By the time we had finished the traffic situation had improved a lot. We put my bike into the trunk and drove home without further problems.

Finally Summer

Back in April when it was already warm and pleasant we were hoping for a great summer like last year. But things turned out differently. The temperature kept changing between 10 and 20 °C on an almost daily basis. And cloudy skys, monsoon rain and sunshine took turns for weeks.

But it seems that the summer has finally arrived in England after all that unsettled weather. During the past weekend we had a nice trip to London including a long walk on the south bank of the Thames, visited the botanic garden and had a great barbecue. And all that with lots of sunshine and without a single drop of rain.