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Savitri Wilder  馃嚭馃嚫 in the 馃嚞馃嚙 馃摲 Mostly iPhone, on 6s now 馃搷Cambridge village gal, although I tend to wander 馃摑 Storyteller and lifetime learner 馃拰 hello@savitriwilder.com

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Life is like a charming wonky British home. Perfectly imperfect.
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Don't tell hubby I posted this but it's his birthday today and also our meeting anniversary.
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Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls (I know some of you stalking me are M's friends 馃榿), let me tell you... Life is unpredictable. You can have the most perfect grown up list (perfect job, house, partner, lifestyle etc) but ya know, the best things in life are those that come when you least expect it and sometimes not on your list.
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On my "Guy I wouldn't date" list was: Drunk guy met at a club/bar. Fifteen years later we're still together. Now to be fair, I didn't know he was drunk that night. He was drinking water all the time he was with me. He had one shot at the end and he got very tipsy. I think this was what hooked me. "Wow, a lightweight like me!!" I thought. Later he told me he's been drinking all day and he was just drinking water whilst with me because he was dehydrated 馃槺馃檲馃槀 Man I was ignorant 馃槀馃槀馃槀
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We met again a few days later. He couldn't remember what I looked like or how to say my name 馃槀馃槀
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Have a great day 馃槝

Remember the Suffolk Pink tidbit I shared yesterday?
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Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White owned this pub from 2011-2015. Within weeks of ownership he painted the pub Suffolk Pink. It was the wrong shade of pink though, a bit too light. The neighbours weren't pleased and neither were the council folks. Mr White agreed to repaint it.
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The pub is now owned by new owners and this is the current colour. Before Mr White took over, the pub was a shade of cream.
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All in the name of conservation!
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Lavenham last Sunday during the WW2 memorial.
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Today has been bitter sweet. So sadden by what happened in Manchester and grateful for the great time I had with Jovie at her field trip and now with my wee family, BBQing and roasting marshmallows.
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There are evil out there but I believe that there are more love than evil.
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Much love to you all 鉂わ笍鉂わ笍

If only this was the front of my house! Those are lavender rows between the gate and porch.
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An example of a Suffolk Pink painted colour home. Suffolk pink has been around since about the 14th century. The pink shade came from adding elderberries (light pink light this house), sloe juice or pig/ox blood (darker shade of pink) into the lime plaster.
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Just a note, you can't just but a listed/in conservation property and paint it Suffolk Pink. The property planner needs to be contacted first to make sure your colour choise is within the heritage colour range. Or, you may own a home and would receive a note asking you to paint your home to Suffolk Pink. Why? Because they found out that in the 14th century your house was attached to the house next to you and it was a Suffolk Pink coloured home.
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I'll share another story tomorrow related to Suffolk Pink. Stay tune!
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PS: This is Monk Eleigh in Suffolk. I don't know how to ask IG to change the geotag to say Suffolk instead of Norfolk.
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Have a fab Monday!

This was from last year but today's Norfolk sky reminded me of our visit to Durdle Door, Dorset, about this time last year.
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A natural limestone arch located near a cute village called West Lulworth. This stretch of coastal area is one of my favourite. Dramatic cliffs and for the kids, dinosaur bones hunting.
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The English Jurassic coast is a UNESCO site. It stretches from Old Harry Rocks, Swanage, Dorset to Orcombe Point, Exmouth, Devon. What you can experience in this area is 185 million years of geological history. During the Triassic this area was a desert, while in the Jurassic it was part of a tropical sea, and in the Cretaceous it was covered by swamps.
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One holiday week some years ago we went to Lyme Regis and did a couple hours fossil tour. Emma and I learned a lot about the dinosaurs that once roamed this area and we gathered a few ammonites too.
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Visitor tip: You can park above Lulworth Cove or above Durdle Door. There is a good 1.5 miles walk between the two sites. While it doesn't look like much, there is a good hike between the two. Have good shoes and if you have little ones, be ready for a slower walk. The girls and I attempted the walk from Lulworth Cove but we got caught in the rain half way 馃檲馃槀 We went back the day after and just parked above Durdle Door. Oh, have coins ready for parking. The card machine may or may not work 馃槉
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Wishing you a fantastic weekend 馃挌馃槝

I love cooking and I love beautiful airy kitchens... like this one. Too bad this one isn't mine 馃槉
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I do though get tired of cooking, like today, and this is when I wish I could get my hands on Willy Wonka's gum, the final and well tested version of it that is. I really don't want to have to juice the kids 馃槀馃槀 I am almost sure I have a whole chicken in the freezer. I think I'll just defrost, rub it with coarse sea salt and olive oil, stuff it with garlic and onion, and chuck it in the oven. I am almost sure I have a bag of salad in the fridge too and leftover mashed potatoes. I am winning the housewife gig today 馃檲馃槀馃槀
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It's Friday, y'all! This week was busy and has gone by quick. Hopefully we can catch up on a bit of r&r and family time. Have a fab day!

Dreaming of sunny C贸rdoba, Spain, this rainy evening in Cambridgeshire. A little tbt.
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Very bummed that we couldn't be in C贸rdoba for the patio festival (ended last week) but still glad we had the opportunity to see a few when we visited last Easter holiday.
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In 2012, the Cordoba Patios Festival was added to UNESCO鈥檚 list of World Intangible Cultural Heritage sites. The purpose of UNESCO is to make sure that intangible cultural heritage can be transmitted from one generation to another.
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The patio tradition in this city started from the Roman time. The Muslims were the ones who introduced the plants into the patios and the festival didn't start until 1918.
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I had all intention to post earlier in the day but it's been really busy lately. Hoping tomorrow will be better time wise. Take care, IG friends 馃槝 馃挄

Yup, made it to my favourite local bookshop in Ely. The shop with the Cathedral view.
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I am almost sure Topping in Ely always make it to the top independent bookshop in England list. It's a beautiful shop and well stocked. If not, you can ask if the shop can order it for you.
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Bought The Idiot Brain by Dean Burnett. I can't believe short term memory is only one minute long and if you rattle 15 items during that one minute period, on average, four will be remembered! Oh, have problems remembering names? This book will make you feel socially normal 馃槉
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What are you reading now? Or, what's your favourite most recent book?
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It's been raining a lot today. A perfect day to curl up and read. Happy almost Thursday 馃

A city cow in my feed.
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I love this about England. We can be walking, seeing all the magnificent city facades and then a field in between two buildings with horses and/or cows. I have no idea who owns this property where the cows were grazing but it's located between the church, the park, a posh private school and residential area.
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Remember from last post the Ely used to be an island? Now see the shape of the cathedral from this angle. This is why Ely Cathedral is also called The Ship of the Fen.
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Did Tuesday treat you well? I hope so! 馃槝

Rainy day in "The Isle of Eels" aka Ely. You can see the 11th century Cathedral, that took 300 years to complete, behind the tree.
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Up to the 17th century, when the waterlogged fen was drained, Ely was only accessible by boat. Due to the monastery that Ethelreda founded (see previous posts), Ely was the second richest monastery in England (the first being Glastonbury). Today, it is home of my favourite bookshop @toppingsely and cafe @samovarteahouse. Maybe tomorrow I can have a wander there. I am due for another book and a coffee/tea + reading moment 馃槉
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Do you know that The Lord Protector, the uncrowned King of Great Britain and Ireland, Oliver Cromwell, lived here? I'll take you to his home one day when the kids are with me. It's too educational for them to not go 鈽猴笍
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Hope your Monday is good! 馃

A sunny spring Cambridge day!
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Fun day out with the family. A dim sum lunch, a wander through Pembroke, hubby and Emma being told off from laying on the grass at the college while I was wandering 馃槀馃槀馃槀, and going into the Eagle pub not knowing anybody and leaving knowing two table full of people. Amazingly, the people we met were related to a lot of what hubby is involved in -- museums and WW2 vets.
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This weekend has been an amazing one for hubby and I. The event was mostly related to his work but I have been enjoying seeing the joy that's been coming out from within him. His dreams, passion, dedication and hard work just shining through!
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He made memories, experiences and history happened last week for many and I couldn't be anymore proud!
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It's been a fabulous week and this rings so true: "And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." -- Paolo Coelho
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Hope your weekend was good to you and don't ever give up on what you believe is great for yourself and those around you 馃挒

Ely Cathedral on a gorgeous spring day from the Almonry Tea
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Etheldreda was the foundress of the Ely abbey. Her monestary was built where the Ely Cathedral is now standing. This was 673 AD.
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Etheldreda married twice, although she would have been happy to not have, and due to strong will, remained a virgin. Google "Tondberht and Ecgfrith", the two husbands, and you can find a very interesting story!
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Getting ready for a dinner with hubby and Eurovision party with friends after. Until next time 馃挄

The Cambridge street that looks mews-ish 馃尮馃毑馃尮
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I was debating whether to crop the side view mirror but ya know, it's not obvious and with it you can see more of the quaint walking path and strider back there. I did also think of Photoshopping it out but ya know, that's just too much work 馃檲馃槀
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Yesterday I just learned that my friend's husband recently passed away. We were neighbours. My heart goes out to her and her boys. I hope they find strength during this tough time.
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Birth brings the feeling of joy. For me, birth also gives me a happy reminder of the girls' births. With death come grief and sadness. On a personal level, death also gives me an extra feeling of love for my own family. It's always a reminder for me to hug my little family a bit tighter and longer and to give them extra kisses and I love you.
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I always pause and reflect during this time. To see if I have been living life per my values and dreams. Everyday I walk closer to death and I don't want regrets.
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Life, with its twists and turns, is beautiful. It is also short and unexpected. Live lie to the fullest and keep loving my IG friends 鉂わ笍鉂わ笍

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