This weekend we have our "Burwell at Large" exhibition where village groups have a chance to showcase themselves. Burwell is a thriving village with plenty to interest people. One example was the local tower bell ringers who brought along a "mobile belfry".
There are groups in our village covering a very wide range of interests.
We went for a brief walk this afternoon up near the "cock-up" bridge on Burwell Lode. We saw several birds including some swallows, a tern and 2 mute swans as well as these fine highland cattle with big horns.
Although the fens are bleak, they have a certain beauty, especially the wild fen skies. Burwell Fen is now owned by the National Trust.
We live in the last bungalow on the left overlooking the restored windmill. The windmill is nearly 200 years old. Today we have had a rare sunny day, although the rest of the week looks rainy. We are lucky to have a nice spot.
The museum, of which the windmill is a just a small part, goes on and on. It must be one of the very best local museums in the whole country. It is open from Easter to late October on Thursdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. If you visit, you may be surprised by what is there.
As some of you may already know, the excellent local museum and windmill is having a new entrance and shop. Today it is being erected.
If you have not been along, please visit after Easter on a Thursday, Sunday or Bank Holiday. You are likely to be surprised by how extensive it is and by the wide variety of it contents. It truly exceeds expectations and must be one of the best local museums in the whole UK.
Although our village (Burwell, Cambs, UK) has grown a lot in recent years, it still has some lovely cottages like this one. Some parts of our church are around 1000 years old and the oldest house dates from around 1200AD. I suspect this cottage dates from the 1700s, so is quite new!
For over 40 years there has been a grade 2 listed former farmhouse empty
in our village. Slowly it was going to ruin. Over the last 2 years it
has been extensively renovated and is now for sale. Today was an "open
house" so we went to have a look around. Someone will like it and buy
it. It is on the market for just under £1M. It would make a good Bed
& Breakfast house or large family home. It is just across the
road from the church. This picture shows the view from one of the
Our local museum has an exhibition about railways in and around Burwell.
Passenger traffic ended in the early 1960s but freight traffic limped
on for a few more years. They also had a video of the branch line to
Mildenhall from Cambridge which went through Burwell.
We have a friend who has been to visit me most months. She lives in a
VERY old house. Today we walked to her house for tea and scones.
roof, to the rear of her house, is a real problem in heavy rain as
gallons and gallons of water flows off it, causing her cellar to flood.
She has taken measures to minimise the problems but she is always
nervous with heavy rain around
This is usually held the next weekend in June each year, but it
was changed to coincide with the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations.
Although thundery showers were threatened all afternoon, they kept off. My wife ran the cake stall, as she does most
years. It is usually a good chance to meet village people not seen for a
Our best man 45 years ago (we married in 1971) has left after a few days with us. He is a good friend and guest and we always pick up as if we saw each other just yesterday. He live 200 miles away and it is often 6 months or more since we last met.
Burwell Museum now includes the restored windmill. Entirely manned by volunteers it is a truly exceptional museum and there is so much to see and do. Our grandchildren love going there. Luckily we live right opposite the windmill and can see it when we eat our meals!
Our local Burwell Museum has been undergoing a facelift over the winter months. There is now a brand new cafe and shop and many of the exhibits have been changed. It really is superb and well worth a visit.
The visit also allows a good look around the fully restored windmill. The windmill is literally over our garden wall. Quite a few TV programmes have used the windmill recently. Our bungalow has been on national TV at least once, albeit for just a few seconds!
We get very little snow over here these days. Today we had the first
real snow of the winter, although amounts were small by the standards
elsewhere in the UK. This photo was taken this morning around breakfast
UPDATE 1525z: All our snow has now gone. Winters over here are far less severe than they used to be. Global warming? If we get even a few days with snow on the ground is now the exception. If the wolrd is warming, it could be critical later in the century. The evidence does seem to be pointing to a warming world, although the increase has perhaps stalled in the last 10 years. The sooner we stop subsidising fossil fuels and adapt to renewable energy sources the better.
At one time we could count on at least a couple of weeks of real snow. Last winter we only had a couple of mild frosts. I am not complaining, but if the world
Today, the volunteers at our local museum moved the hut, where people pay an entrance fee, to nearer the windmill. The fully restored windmill is now part of a museum visit. The volunteers are also busy making a real cafe.
It was a busy morning at the museum opposite our bungalow. A lorry was unloading timber for the new museum cafe. Several volunteers were on hand to help. The top of our close had been coned off to ensure the lorry could get as close as possible.