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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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This weekend was Open Cambridge weekend, so I booked my parents, the bloke and I on a tour of a bit of the city about which we knew nothing: All Souls' Burial Ground.

Adjacent to Churchill College, this lovely little overgrown spot reminded me of Highgate Cemetery and is the resting place of many luminaries: several of Darwin's descendents, three Nobel laureates, many Fellows of the Royal Society, various masters of Cambridge colleges. Probably the most famous occupant is Ludwig Wittgenstein, philosopher. Our tour guide was a fellow of Churchill and one of the few humanities lecturers in the college, being a historian.

Graves near the chapel

Sir Horace Darwin, scientific instrument maker

The wrong Hopkins (the Nobel laureate's grave is nearby but less picturesque)

Behind the chapel (now a workshop for the tablet letterer)

Sir John Cockcroft, atom-splitter

We introduced my parents to the custom of the Sunday roast at The Green Man in Trumpington...

Bloke & mom

Me & my dad

Bloke is slightly daunted by his meal

...and the post-largesse constitutional around Byron's Pool. Although we didn't sit on the banks of it reciting lugubrious poetry. It was far too nice a day.

Three Bears on a Bench

Flanking the path


The upper end of the pool

The weir below

We tended the garden...


Snail wants a tomato

Wilting Cosmos

Hoverfly & Cosmos

Dragonfly has but moments to live, and I mean that literally

Junglecat, right before a flying leap into the pond in pursuit of the dragonfly

...and played with the cats.


Scarfcat is floppy

Feathers, nom!

Scritchins are good too

I show you mah teef

Additionally, we ate a lot of cheese and drank a good deal of wine. I dropped them off earlier to explore the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. Tonight, I take them to the Royal Festival Hall to see Stephen Fry. Tomorrow, I herd two more kitttens pick up my aunt & uncle from Heathrow. According to my calculations, the fun should therefore QUADRUPLE. Huzzah!

[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2010-09-13 13:25 (UTC)
A very picturesque outing!

So did the bloke finish his roast? That looks huge!

You and your dad really look alike!

Awww, cute tuxedo kitty!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-09-13 14:09 (UTC)
He did finish his roast. We discovered that the entire pile was not meat. It was slices of meat atop roast potatoes. Phew.

I always think I look more like my mom - until a photo of my dad & me reminds me how much I look like him.

Telstar is the most malleable cat in the world. You can hold him upside down by his back legs, grab his paws, tickle his belly - nothing will induce him to scratch you in anger.
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[User Picture]From: flexagain
2010-09-13 14:31 (UTC)
Talisker is also extremely malleable, although it turns out that giving him a bath does incite injury, but I can't really blame him for that! Since I've given him a pill a day for almost two years now, with no significant injury to me, and only minimal struggling, I can't complain too much.

I'm not sure about the looklikeyness. I think there there are definitely bits of both your parents in your face. It does make me wonder how much I look like my parents!
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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2010-09-13 14:01 (UTC)
I iz deadly ball of fluff
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-09-13 14:07 (UTC)
Oh yes. Thus far he has brought my parents a pigeon, a dove and a mouse. Very generous!
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2010-09-13 14:52 (UTC)
Oh my god, I wish to roll your parents up and keep them in my pocket for later because THEY ARE SO CUTE. EEEEK! The cat and the boy aren't bad, either.

I hope your hectic is lots of fun.

I still have to put your whatsit in the mail. I haven't forgotten, it's just been crazy-bizzy here.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-09-14 11:56 (UTC)
They are very cute. They seem to charm everyone, even grumpy Londoners.

No worries about the whatsit! I hope your craziness settles down soon.
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[User Picture]From: alice_mccoy
2010-09-13 16:02 (UTC)
Your Dad has such kind eyes.


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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-09-14 11:54 (UTC)
This observation accurately reflects his personality. :)
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[User Picture]From: attictroll
2010-09-13 19:16 (UTC)
Your dad is Morgan Freeman?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-09-14 11:53 (UTC)
He gets asked for autographs occasionally.
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2010-09-13 23:23 (UTC)
Ooooh, detail on the dragonfly wings FTW!

And the mushrooms! I just love when they look like Dutch crunch rolls.

Gorgeous fun, it all looks like.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-09-14 11:57 (UTC)
Thank you! It has been so far. We'll see what happens once we add two more people to the household. Eeek.
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