Today I met with several other spouses and partners of scholars–there were six of us total, three from the U.S., two from Australia, and one person from Italy–to go punting and walk to Grantchester Orchard. Punting is quite relaxing (at least if you’re a passenger, not the punter), and we enjoyed a lovely tour of the River Cam(bridge). Our guide was quite entertaining and stood at the back end of the boat, pushing us along with a long metal pole. The +1s and I sat in the belly of the boat, which was long and fairly narrow.
To the right of our tour guide is the Wooden Bridge, commonly called the Mathematical Bridge. Supposedly, Sir Isaac Newton designed it.
When our tour was done, we walked to Grantchester Orchard, home to the famous Orchard Tea Garden. Many notable people have had tea and scones there, including Virginia Woolf, Maynard Keynes, Rupert Brooke, Augustus John, Sylvia Plath, and Ted Hughes.
We got sidetracked in a foresty path.Overall, it was a splendid day. I’m glad I joined the group (even though they walked me over seven miles). Cheers!