Sunday, July 20, 2008
PUNTING IN CAMBRIDGE
I have just spent a nostalgic weekend in Cambridge with my brother Martin, who lives in the USA. As a young naval officer studying at Cambridge University in the 1960's he met Julia, an attractive student nurse at Addenbrookes Hospital. They married in 1968, aged 21, as did two other couples and all three celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary with a black tie dinner for 31 at Homerton College, where one friend is the Bursar. The 3 couples now have 8 children and 6 grandchildren.
We stayed in student accommodation and 17 of us went punting on Saturday, wisely choosing local punters. The river was very hazardous as Cambridge was packed with excitable Spanish and Japanese tourists, causing chaos in unsupervised punts. My brother commented - "it's their revenge for the Spanish Armada and Pearl Harbour"
On Thursday I am off to Brittany with my daughter Helen and 2 grandchildren for a family reunion of 34 relatives including 15 children to continue the celebrations.