Monday, July 16, 2012

Cambridge weekend

Well guys, it rains and rains and rains.

That didn't stop us, however, from making our way to Cambridge this weekend. It was a sopping wet getaway, but there were many highlights.


After a 3+ hour bus ride, we arrived to lovely late afternoon weather. I took this shot of King's College from the Backs.


Steve enjoyed steak and ale pie at The Eagle on Saturday. Though you can't really get a sense of how cute it was from the picture, I loved sitting in this little snug. Maybe you get a better feel from this murky shot?

(Random factoid -- apparently the discovery of DNA was first announced in The Eagle. Sorta fun to imagine how that all played out, eh?)


The Cambridge Shakespeare festival was going on while we were there, and both Friday and Saturday nights we attempted to see plays. It rained so hard Friday night that Julius Caesar was cancelled after the interval. Saturday night the players continued the second half of Merry Wives of Windsor in the rain, but we were weenies and left.


Caught this interesting photo Sunday morning. (I've been using my new Canon Rebel DSLR, and my photos are still mostly crap. Must take lessons, or read the handbook...or something.)


The sun made another brief appearance during our time at Newnham College, which is the main setting of my next novel (renamed Summerfield to protect the innocent, heh). This trip was all about last minute fact-checking, and boy was it worth the trouble!

[Cross-posted at Livejournal]

10 comments:

  1. LOVE these photos!

    Hmmm, a little fact-checking trip to Cambridge... it does have a certain ring, doesn't it? ;-) And now my excitement in anticipation of your novel just reached a new high!

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    1. Thanks, Danielle!

      Yeah, I always fall in love with settings before I even have a clear idea of the story. Cambridge has been so fun to visit for research. Wouldn't it be cool if I could do a signing there someday? (If the planets align, etc.)

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  2. Sounds like a lovely trip, despite the rain! And that photo of the duck is amazing. All those buildings are so gorgeous, havent seen such green like that around here since April!

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    1. The green in the UK is amazing after so many years in Oklahoma. Even in the dead of winter there's still plenty of green around. Wah.

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  3. So gorgeous! I knew I should have hidden in your suitcase. Please find Inspector Hathaway and drop him off in IL on your way home, okay?

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    1. Apparently one of the students in the OU Honors undergrad program went to Christ Church College very early one morning (to avoid the crowds) and RAN INTO LAWRENCE FOX AND GOT HER PICTURE TAKEN WITH HIM! They were filming Lewis, of course. She also had her photo taken with Colin Dexter. I keep hoping to see him around here, shopping or hanging out, because he does live in Oxford.

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  4. I think I need to write a book set in England or maybe Fiji... you know do a little "fact finding" myself. ;o)

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  5. Lovely photos. I'm curious about changes to ms that happened as a result of your fact checking mission.

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    1. Yeah, we'll have to talk about that. When am I going to see you again, girlfriend?

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