Sunday, 24 April 2011


"Grantchester! Ah, Grantchester!
There's peace and holy quiet there."
Rupert Brooke
Not today there isn't.  
The combination of sunshine, the long Easter Weekend, and schadenfreude as a result of the rain storms in Spain, the nation's favourite holiday destination, has brought the crowds to the River Cam.  There are people by the river, on the river, even in the river.
And there are just as many in the Orchard Tea Garden when we arrive at ten to three.  At least the German family behind us seem to enjoy queuing for half an hour for tea: "So English" they exclaim.
It is crowded. However, it turns out that Brooke is right: The Orchard works its magic, and, apart from the odd moment of table rage, peace does descend. We settle into our deck chairs, drink our tea and devour our scones, jam and cream.

Grantchester! Ah, Grantchester.

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