Do you want to spend a day in Cambridge? We left home at 10.15, an hour later the A14 was closed due to an accident. We decided to detour to Huntingdon instead, a quick look at the internet gave us the address of a National Trust property (Houghton Mill) so we headed in that direction. So did every other reject from the A14! We sat, we moved one car length, we sat, we waited, we moved one car length. Eventually we reached the turning, hurray. We drove into a beautiful chocolate box pretty village. Thatched cottages, tea room, gallery and old fashioned village store. Arrived at our destination to find a CLOSED sign. The Mill is open on Wenesday, Saturday and Sunday! By now it was 1.30 and the call of nature was calling. The comfort facilities were locked.
We walked the 100 or so yards back to the village. The tea shop CLOSED Monday and Tuesday. The gallery was CLOSED. the village store was – wait for it – CLOSED. The pub had a menu board outside so we perked up and went for it. OPENS at five. Sigh.
We drove back the way we came and found a garden centre. We went in. Quick comfort break then to the restaurant. The vast menu was not available because there was no gas to cook with. Sigh. I had a blt. Without chips (sad face ) we wandered around the small shops and didn’t find anything to buy.
By now it was 3.50 and we thought we had better head for Cambridge services, we were supposed to be collecting gg at five o clock. Do you know, there were no traffic problems and we landed at the services at around 4o clock. Cup of tea, cake, puzzle book kept us amused for 2 minutes then we people watched .
Ten past five our prize arrived. We took her precious junk from one car and put it in the other. And set off home.
We got to within 20 minutes of home. ROAD CLOSED. So we drove the long way home. We were greeted by howls and joyous barks, whole body wagging from Kiz and Murphy almost took off, his helicopter tail wagged so fast.
A day to remember