The Last Day In England

This morning I said good-bye to Celia’s handsome chickens

and her beautiful 18th c. walled garden

and headed over to Cambridge for a stroll. It’s a beautiful place. Here are the famous punts.

There are gorgeous buildings, like this.

Fortunately, Celia knows her Cambridge and medieval history, so I also got a sense of the stories behind this many-layered city.

Celia’s husband graciously drove me to Heathrow Airport. I had my suitcase and prized possession – the bucket.

I found this pail in Rye at an antique shop. It’s dirty and large, and I love it! It was probably handmade by a farmer during WWII when metal was rationed. I was concerned about getting through security, but it was so unusual that the gatekeepers all laughed and waved me through. One even told me about her grandfather who had made such things.

It’s been a fantastic trip, but I’m eager to get home.


  1. Thanks for all the wonderful pictures and commentary on your vacation. It’s been fun “going” with you, Wendy and Celia; visiting such beautiful and interesting places. Happy to have you back, though. :)

  2. Love the pail!

    Hope you have a safe trip home and THANKS SO MUCH for sharing your adventures, glad you had such a wonderful time!

  3. I also enjoyed your trip. Loved seeing the beautiful gardens, buildings and the cottage thru your eyes. Thanks so much. Happy you are coming back.

    Celia A.

  4. Like the others I enjoyed your vacation vicariously. And Celia’s chickens are pretty spectacular, too. They seem to be posing for you. Safe trip back.

  5. This has been an excellent adventure! Thank you! I’m sure your creatures and family will be happy to have you home too.

  6. I also want to thankyou for sharing your trip with us. I imagine you have lots more beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing the ones you did!!!Have a safe trip home and at least you’re gaining hours coming home, so hopefully the jet lag won’t be so bad!!!

  7. I hope your pink chicken boots are in your suitcase! Have a safe trip home!..Your peeps look like DINOSAURS..they are getting HUGE!

  8. That is such a cool pail! It looks like it could have come out of my grandpa’s garage/shed. Sounds like you had a great trip, thanks for sharing some of your experiences and pics.

  9. Dear Terry, I am a friend of Celia’s and she has given me a copy of ‘Tillie lays an Egg’! I have two little girls and they are absolutely thrilled with it. Since it arrived in the house it has been read at least five times through. My youngest (nearly 3) especially loves to spot the egg. Thankyou for creating such a wonderful book.