Tea Time!

Today we had to go to a small town north of Cambridge to pick up a rear differential for a 4x4 car (don't ask!) so on the way we stopped off at The Orchard in Grantchester which has been a haven for English Tea and luncheons since 1897. It has held host to some of the most famous literary and scientific minds Cambridge has ever produced including such historical greats such as Betrand Russell, Rupert Brooke, Virginia Woolf and more recent great minds: Stephen Hawking, Crick & Watson and Prince Charles. And current celebrities such as John Cleese, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and David Attenborough. (As well as infamous names such as Philby, McClean and Blunt.) In a beautiful fruit orchard backing onto the river Granta are set small tables  with deck chairs drawn up to each. The tea rooms have the biggest sumptuous scones you have ever seen, strong English Breakfast tea and delicious home made lunches. YUM!!! It was a rare British Summer day where the sun actually shone. We had a long luxurious lunch and then a walk down to the river. As Rupert Brooke said "If I should die, think only this of me, that there's some corner of a foreign field that is forever England" The Orchard is certainly a preserved corner of traditional England, scones, cream and tea and all! As for the photos I still had the camera set on white balance for inside light conditions and shot most of the shots above before I realised.... doh! So the only way I could get them to look warm and sunlit instead of blue tinted was to apply the "1960's" effect (from Picasa - which you know by now I am a great fan of!) and it gave the necessary warm colouring along with that nostalgic muted colour palette and the rounded corners that I love!

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