Ely Revisited

We left our mooring at Little Thetford heading for Ely – I decided to walk the three miles as it was a beautiful day. The path goes through this section of thistle, ragwort and yarrow which was absolutely alive with bees and butterflies.

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There were loads of Peacock butterflies (or Red Admirals according to Paul and Elaine who have a theory that all pretty British butterflies are Red Admirals and the rest are Cabbage Whites)…

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…some Hedge Browns (not sure if this is pretty enough to be a Red Admiral or whether it rates as a Cabbage White)…..

Gatekeeper….and some real Little Cabbage Whites.

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After praying to Gladys the parking goddess (who does a good sideline in moorings) we were lucky enough to grab the last mooring in Ely. After a successful Friday morning’s shopping Gordon took me to Peacocks Tea Room for tea and crumpets.

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They have the most enormous choice of teas I’ve ever come across. Well worth a visit if you find yourself in Ely.

Being Friday we went to the pub in the evening. We revisited the Prince Albert and balanced out our tea and crumpets with a pint and a home made burger. Great value for a tenner each including the beer.

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We’ve moved on now and are looking forward to meeting our Aldeburgh friends Margaret and Robin in Prickwillow – they’re coming over for the day and we’re going for a quick cruise.

In the meantime Gordon’s got some peace to do a bit more touch up work on the paint job. It’s coming on a treat…

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….as is the stock of firewood!

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We’ve been joined now by the grinning boat!

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Turns out it’s Diane and Chris on the Dutch Barge Brindley which was launched in Hebden Bridge in 2009. She’s a very pretty boat and just the kind of thing we’ll be looking for when we decide we’ve had enough of UK waterways and head across to the continent.

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