Friday, November 2, 2012

A Day Out in Cambridge

I've had a few days off this week so a friend and I went to Cambridge for the day.  We did a little shopping then had lunch in here,

the Old Library (now home to Jamie Oliver's restaurant).  As we came out we saw the statue to Snowy.

Snowy was a big part of my childhood trips to Cambridge. He always had a cart full of animals, usually a hat full of white mice and often a white cat on his head.

Snowy Farr - photo from here
He raised thousands of pounds for charity.  You can read more about him here.

The real purpose of our trip was to see the Winifred Nicholson exhibition at Kettles Yard.  It was rather small, which was a little disappointing but it was still worth seeing.

Winter, Bank's Head - Winifred Nicholson circa1970
I could really imagine sitting in the warmth looking out of this window at the cold landscape outside.

I think this one was my favourite, the colours and the simplicity appeal to me.

White Saxifrage - Winifred Nicholson 1967
Although it's only small, it's worth a visit if you're in the area.  It's free and they let you take pictures too (providing you don't use a flash).

The rest of the week I've been tree pruning (I'm getting good with a bow saw up a step ladder!) and some of today was spent lining a beautiful picnic basket from here, to make a cat proof knitting basket.

Hopefully this will now be the end of chewed wool!


Magic Cochin said...

That looks like a challenge no cat could resist ;-)

Celia x

Anonymous said...

It's a long time since we visited Cambridge where my husband was raised. Used to go regularly, a treat after sitting in a transplant clinic at Addenbrookes for hours! Now I go to my local hospital instead which is much easier being ten minutes away, but I miss the treats!
I like the idea of the catproof knitting basket, hope it works!

Fran Hillman said...

Basket looks brilliant although I have a feeling you may need another one or two or...
Thanks for link. It's high time I did another post too! x

Jo said...

What a gorgeous basket, that should thwart puss. How sad that a man who has raised so much money for charity should die penniless, I'm pleased to see that he has a memorial dedicated to him.

Gina said...

That sounds like a lovely day out in Cambridge... Jamie's... what a treat!I remember seeing Snowy.

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Hoe lovely to have seen the Winnifred Nicholson's :)

I knew nothing about Snowy, what an incredible man!

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Oops, that should of course say 'how lovely'!

Anna said...

Was Snowy about in Cambridge in the 60s and 70s Su? Have vague recollections but maybe I'm imagining them. It sounds as if you had a grand day out :)


Have only visited Cambridge a few times - should really go more often! I love the Fitzwilliam Museum. Have never seen Snowy though! xCathy