Cambridge Life

Junk mail for the bin or trustworthy advertising? A Cambridge experience

Junk mail for the bin or trustworthy advertising? Flyers can be a nuisance; junk mail dispatched to the bin.  But for small businesses they are one of the most cost-effective ways of reaching lots of customers.  I’ve used flyers to promote scuseme and found some wonderful new customers.  But how can you tell if the […]

Blackberrying in Cambridge – 7 top sites for fruity pickings

Out and about in Cambridge you can’t help but notice the abundance of beautiful blackberries weighing down the branches. Blackberrying or brambling, whichever you prefer, is a great family outing. Plastic containers and the promise of jam or pies keeps everyone motivated.  One of my favourite fruits, my heart leaps with the thought of just […]

Unusual and unnecessary items on Mill Road

Mill Road is, without exception, the most diverse and cosmopolitan road in Cambridge with its lion’s share of eclectic independent shops and restaurants.  Many stand out, but one that I think takes center stage is Fantasia; it’s a vibrant pop-up boutique that lights up Mill Road with an eye wateringly beautiful display of colour, fabrics […]

From hops to mops – the hardware store with extras

Have you seen what’s at No 1 Arbury Road and noticed the picturesque store front and the flowers and plants that spill onto the pavement? This is the latest independent hardware store to set up in Cambridge, called simply Cam Home and Garden. Entering Cam Home and Garden takes you over a comforting step down […]

For the love of food: How LingLing and Franck combined their loves in the city

Every Chinese school child learns Xu Zhi Mo’s 1928 poem, On Leaving Cambridge.   Capturing the beauty and romance of Cambridge, it provided a draw to LingLing Peng from her home in Taiwan, as it still does for the scores of Chinese tourists that visit our city every year.  LingLing was looking for a place to […]

Having tea with old friends in Cambridge

I recently saw a posting on social media about Contact The Elderly, a charity that organises volunteer-led monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for older people.   It is a national charity with local representatives and aims to transform lives with tea, chat and friendship.  So, over a cup of tea, I met with Catherine Wheeler, a […]

All the fun of the fair

One of my favourite events in Cambridge, is the Cambridge Town & Country  Fair when for two days rural life is brought into the heart of the city. Uncertain weather is all part of the experience, though sunshine certainly helps.  So don your wellies, dust off that Barbour and saddle your pony (though cycling is […]