05 November 2011

autumn window

Cafe window (old church), Cambridge

One of the things I like about the first few weeks of dark afternoons is the light shining out onto the street from windows.  It's a good time to take a walk to the shops, or just a mooch around.  For some reason I find it very comforting even though I'm on the outside looking in.  It's a time of year that I like to take a trip to Cambridge, when it's a bit misty, but not suffering from those easterlies that make you ache with cold.  Our afternoons there generally follow the same pattern: walk round the market, buy a bag of flying saucers and maybe some fenland celery with the dirt still on it, look at the Think! shoes in the shoe shop, walk up to Kettles Yard, crossing the river on the way, pop into a couple of charity shops, visit to the Fitzwilliam.  Cup of tea somewhere along the way, maybe a bowl of soup.  Walk to the bus stop.  Home in time for a jacket potato, a fire, a glass of something and a murder, preferably Scandinavian.

VG and star.

11 comments:

Joanna said...

Lovely picture - really captures the atmosphere you are writing about.

knit nurse said...

That cosy feeling before winter really closes in (and before we suffer an extended period of bad weather to make us long for sunshine again!). I know exactly what you mean. Personally after last winter's emotional toll I'm not looking forward to this one; hopefully I can remind myself of the things I love about winter!

Jane Housham said...

That sounds like an absolutely perfect day. I know Cambridge well and can picture your progress around the city. If only the lovely oldfashioned cafe I used to go to with my mother were still open -- do you remember the Whim (in Rose Crescent I think)?

Rattling On said...

Beautiful window. I love walking at night when people have the curtains open. It feels like everyone's lives are coming together somehow and the windows aren't a barrier any more. (I usually leave my own curtains open unless it's very cold)
Also loving your darning... I mend just about everything and have got quite good now. It's often cat damage...

Liz said...

I think it's impossible to resist looking into a lit window when walking past. I'm always doing it (though never in Cambridge) and, like Rattling, we rarely close our curtains. The end of your day sounds absolutely perfect. (Don't know if you read or watched your Scandinavian murder but I can't wait for series 2 of The Killing on telly.)

Anonymous said...

I'm a huge fan of Think! shoes. The Scholl shop in Ilford (top floor of the Mall) used to sell them and often sold them off very cheaply in the sales. It was a real shame when they stopped stocking them - not least because the lovely boxes came in useful for storing things.

Would love to have got to Cambridge to see the Bridget Riley exhibition at Kettle's Yard but my mobility is still not good. Enjoyed the Pipilotti Rist exhibition at the Hayward today though.

Are you or any of your WI buddies going to the Crafts Council knit club training session at Bethnal Green Museum on Wedensday 16th? I'm going by myself and it would be nice to know that there were going to be some approachable people there.

Best wishes,

Joan

colleen said...

Joan - Yes! I will be there at Bethnal Green with a pal. I'm sure you'll recognise me. We enjoyed ourselves teaching finger knitting at the V&A at half term. Had never done it before and am now an expert.
C

Anonymous said...

That's great Colleen. See you there. I'll be the woman with the limp and the worried expression. What meagre social skills I had in my thirties have disappeared with fourteen years at home with the kids!

Best wishes,

Joan

colleen said...

Much relieved to find out that I am not the only one who likes seeing into people's windows and I do like the idea that people's lives are coming together and the windows aren't a barrier. V much looking forward to The Killing 2. Trouble is you can't to anything with your hands that need too much attention otherwise you lose the gist of the translation. Close your eyes and listen to the lilt of the words and you can detect a Scottish accent, islands perhaps?

Jane - sorry I've missed out on The Whim. But I do remember a hilarious tea break at the Copper Kettle before it was spruced up.

Annie said...

I keep coming back to this photograph, it really is special.

Lara said...

The photograph is lovely, very Cambridge and Oxford. I love walking around during winter at peering into people's houses (so nosey!), it is one of our favourite things to do on christmas day.