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August 4, 2013

We Prepare to Hit The Tourist Trail as The Duck Tour Finishes…

Filed under: ENGLAND,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

If you are just joining my blog,  you have flicked open a page of my diary of last summer’s holiday…  it’s taken me until now to sort a zillion photographs and type up all my notes.

Our visiting Singaporean friend (who we will call here by her internet nickname of “Velvetine”  for privacy reasons) and I have a hotel in the village of Great Dunmow whilst Himself and the kids opted for a tent close to the other friends we are meeting there.

Himself has a cousin who lives close to the city of Ely, roughly an hour’s drive away so we have an invitation to visit,  which is the main point on our agenda today. I’ve been to their house several times before but not seen too much of Ely itself and both Velvetine and I are keen to visit the famous cathedral there, so this is also scheduled for today.

We make an early start almost by default because our body clocks are still one hour ahead on “Dutch time” and as we head towards Ely the countryside starts to strongly resemble that of the Netherlands in it’s flatness and  even with a few windmills. We  drive into Ely and find a parking space close to the cathedral and start  to look around at the fabulous buildings nearby.

As I get out of the car I notice a family of ducks congregated on the grass, all of a suddenly one of them seems to remember that they have an appointment elsewhere,  with a few ordering quacks they depart in short order  as a group. It’s definitely not random,   they are making tracks for somewhere specific (home for supper?) …. and the little group walk down the street and then turn into the driveway of a building a short distance away where a lady appeared to have been waiting for them a few minutes ago.

We laugh at the decisiveness of it all, they look like a little tour bus group of tourists being reminded to get back to the bus on time.

It’s time to start a little tour of our own…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The lady seems to be waiting for the ducks to come home…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

2 Comments »

  1. How lovely 🙂 We have swans that do the same aroud here…..I love your photos!

    Comment by kateshrewsday — August 4, 2013 @ 7:19 pm | Reply

  2. I love your photos!! Thanks for all your likes on my site, too!

    Comment by bdh63 — August 6, 2013 @ 4:12 pm | Reply


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