Sally bought me a Oregon WMR88 weather station with anemometer, wind direction, outside temperature and rainfall gauges. I’ve finally have it working with the Asus Eee running XP Pro in its 8GB of memory and uploading the data through my WiFi to Wunderground. Giving the lovely chart above.
Next job is to mount the anemometer onto the TV aerial above the house to minimize ground effects. That can wait for the warmer weather though.
What better after an invigorating walk than a relaxing Swedish Massage in the comfort of your own home, here in Cambridge, so many thanks to Sally for mine tonight. If you want to book a Swedish or Indian Head Massage then head over to Sally’s webpage and give her a call – she is in Cambridge most weekends.
Today’s Cambridge Rambling Clubs ‘A’ team walk was led by Rita. Nine of us set off from Waterbeach village green heading for Anglesey abbey via Lode. At last its warming up and the ground is drying out with a few buds beginning to form on the hedgerows.
Vast hordes of people had descended on Anglesey Abbey ostensibly to visit the snowdrops but seemingly to gorge themselves in the vast canteen whose smells reminded me of school lunches and form queues at the toilets. Its truly amazing how the National Trust has turned itself into a mini shopping mall, easy to imagine a Tesco Express arriving on the site sometime soon. Apparently in 2008 it had 191,549 visitors!
Here’s todays walk, flat as a pancake but a good day out.
The start was at Audley End, Vera led 13 of us, at a cracking pace, across the rolling Essex countryside to The Langleys were we stopped for our sandwiches outside the The Bull. Tea was taken alongside the stream in the very pretty village of Arkesdon.
The countryside was still very wintry & bleak looking with only an occasional burst of snowdrops to brighten the day a little.
Just back from the inaugural OpenCoffee meet up in Cambridge, UK. Organised by Jed. The event was in Cafe Nero on Kings Parade in Cambridge. A total of about 20 folks (Only two from the fairer sex, Juliette and ? Laura where did you get too!) turned up. I was, of cause, easily the oldest there!
It was a good turn out of VC’s, Angels and entrepreneurs with a lot of new faces to prove that the Cambridge scene is still as vibrant as ever. I met Chris from audioanalytic, Adriano? of Hotprints, Peter from Broadersheet plus Laurence & Alex.
Pretty ideal for a first event and actually worked very well in the regular coffee shop environment (apart from getting told to sit down once by the baristas). I quite like the slightly anarchic nature of the event compared to the regular structured evenings that are the norm around here, and it works better than in a pub type environment in my opinion. I can see why the coffee places were so popular in the 1700s
Will be interesting to see where it goes from here. Apparently there is another newish event, CamCreative next week at The Arts so will go and compare and contrast.
After my hectic night with Sally (see her posts here and here) plus stopping to take a snapshot of one of the three police cars wrecked on Regent Street we didn’t make it back home till 1am ish.
Mud, Mud glorious mud
Then today was up and away to be at Cambridge Rambling Clubs ‘A’ walk led by Carolyn with a 9am start from Hardwick across the total overkill of the blue footbridge over the A428 followed by many many muddy fields to Elsworth for a drink at the George & Dragon run by the aptly named Mr & Mrs Beer.
Here is the walk with some great shots of muddy boots:-