Today, like so many others in Cambridge, I exercised my democratic right and voted in the election of councillors to Cambridgeshire County Council and the election of a Mayor for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.
With election fever running high and the constant stream of news – local, national and international elections, the French in particular – there was no way I was not going to get to the Salvation Army and place my well thought out ticks in the relevant boxes.
Polling day turned into a bit of an event, a chance to get away from my desk for a little while. On the walk down Tenison Road, I bumped into neighbours I hadn’t seen for a while so caught up on news of our respective families etc. I did however tiptoe around the subject of politics, daring only to mention it with cautious humour.
So, votes cast, I continued along Mill Road to get a bite to eat. Traffic wasn’t too bad (simply down to good timing) and everyone was in a pretty relaxed mood. I bumped into our local postman, got some advice on natural hair dyes from a very experienced shop assistant in Arjuna (her hair was a beautiful shade of green) and saw a couple of local scuseme suppliers drive past. All I had to do was decide which tempting café to visit.
What was particularly nice was the discovery of a new coffee shop, Rubiaceae, which opened up a week ago and specialises in new flavours of coffee, and as owner Dom said, they are also experimenting with different flavour teas. He let me sample one he was working on, a delicious mix of peppermint, dandelion and a few other subtle flavours, I think it was called gin tea – without the gin. It has a lovely relaxed feel, transformed from its previous hairdressing use. I think it will be a great addition to the independent cafes in Cambridge.
Just a few shops down I popped into another relatively new addition to Mill Road, Oz Alterations & Repairs, run by Oz who has kept his other shop in Hope Yard. In addition to the repairs there’s a fabulous selection of bags.
My walk along Mill Road then took in another surprise, the former Loco next door to the Salvation Army, was displaying a banner announcing Maurizio Dining & Co which will open in May.
So all in all an informative polling day. I do love Mill Road. Looking forward to my next stroll on June 8th.
About the author: Dawn Giesler is the founder of scuseme Cambridge, an online recommendation website developed to provide an essential resource to help you by putting you in touch with reliable tradespeople and home service experts.