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Wicken Fen, December 2011 [20111218|20:25]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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The bloke & I took Sophie* out for a spin yesterday to Wicken Fen. It's a National Trust marshland preserve in Cambridgeshire. It was a cold sunny day and the ground was very wet, so there weren't many people about. We saw plenty of bird life, including a hen harrier. The highlight, though, was our encounter with a large, well-fed fox out for its afternoon constitutional. We were equally surprised to run across one another, but the fox was quicker to react and change course.

Wicken Fen

* Our car, we have decided, is a Sophie. She is a perfect French hostess. She has a calm, even temper that a Leonie most certainly would not. Her seats are very comfortable and she ensures her passengers are kept warm without obtrusively blowing hot air in their faces. She has no less than three ashtrays in her front dash and an extra door pocket that's exactly the correct size for a packet of Haribo.

[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2011-12-19 18:28 (UTC)
For a second I thought it was wicked fen! looks like a lovely place to hike and glad you're enjoying the new car!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-12-21 21:09 (UTC)
I bet it feels like a wicked fen at night. It's rather bleak and foreboding even by day.
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2012-01-03 17:17 (UTC)
Oh, I have been sorely remiss in checking LJ, and only now do I see these. These are fantastic. IIRC, Wicken Fen was a location mentioned in King of the Wind, where our young hero and his horse were sort of banished in a purgatorial manner. Should I ever have the dosh to support it, I am taking a books-of-my-youth tour of as many parts of the UK as I can manage.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-01-03 20:15 (UTC)
Thank you. I'm glad you liked them!

Yes, Wicken Fen is the setting for part of King of the Wind, as well as Wimpole Hall. I read it last year on your recommendation. :)
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2012-01-04 00:22 (UTC)
Oh good, you did! I should re-read, I think have my copy somewhere.

Looking at the photos again: <3 the frost and reeds.
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