The lunatic is on the grass…

Did I mention we spent a weekend in Cambridge?!?

The grass that Roger Waters wrote about.

The grass that Roger Waters wrote about.  Apparently if I stepped on it I could get in serious trouble.  Really.

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Along the back of Kings College, founded by Henry VI and completed by Henry VIII. We are on a punt.

Along the back of King’s College, founded by Henry VI and completed by Henry VIII.
We are on a punt, which is a kind of flat-bottomed boat.

Syd Barrett memorial painting at The Anchor pub.  Three members of Pink Floyd all lived in Cambridge and played around on the music circuit before they came together.

Syd Barrett memorial painting at The Anchor pub. David Gilmour,  Roger Waters, and Syd lived in Cambridge and played around on the music circuit before they came together in London to form Pink Floyd.  Actually, David joined after Syd left the band, but that is another story.

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Front of Kings College.  There are 31 colleges under the banner of Cambridge University.  Trinity is the most difficult to get into.  People like Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin are associated with Trinity. Salman Rushdie went to King's.

Front of King’s College. There are 31 colleges under the banner of Cambridge University. Trinity is the most difficult to get into. People like Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin are associated with Trinity. Salman Rushdie went to King’s.

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We drove down for the weekend.  We took a walking tour of the city to get oriented, then walked around the place to visit various museums, churches, historic sights, go punting, find ancient pubs, look at architecture, and see a couple of the colleges.  It was the end of term, so students were jovial and occasionally drunk.  We saw a couple different gents fall off their punts into the River Cam.

The following day we visited Anglesey Abbey, a Manor home with lavish gardens and room to roam or explore.  Weather was pleasant and the kids had fun circumventing the large property.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/anglesey-abbey/

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My two lunatics on the grass.

My two lunatics on the grass.

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It was Father's Day at Anglesey Abbey, so I got me a piece of cake!

It was Father’s Day at Anglesey Abbey, so I got me a piece of cake!

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2 thoughts on “The lunatic is on the grass…

  1. We spent 6 very enjoyable weeks at Cambridge 30 years ago, where I was enrolled in some course for the non-English. Stayed in dorm where some royal toiler dormed when he was a lad.
    Punting ain’t for sissies, that’s for sure. Didn’t get all that much excitement from it, and no one dunked. Time runs short for you Will be good to know when you touch down. Terminal 5, of course, is the major hurdle — Carlene and I and Tim and his pal Woodie went through it Wednesday; and even worse was trying to get back into the states — interminable lines at passport control: took about an hour. For some reason there was no bag inspection, which was a blessing. Avoid coming back in the next 7 days as temps in Walnut Creek and other areas of the west are arranging themselves in three digits. Best, Bruce R

    ps. before we left our dorm room I pulled the bureau away from the wall and wrote some sort of pro-American screed on the back. Not sure whether anyone else would be weird enough to do same and read it.

  2. I concur with the assessment that Terminal 5 is a major hurdle! Leave yourselves lots of extra time if you are departing from Terminal 5!

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