The Cambridge Knitters had a punting trip yesterday, organised by the redoutable Mary. My wonderful Secret Pal Socks went along, and saw some of the more recognisable sights of Cambridge.
The punting trip was chauffeured, which was very luxurious, and a stark contrast to the student punting trips I have previously
endured experienced. Rather than everyone fighting over the punt pole for the first 10 minutes, then everyone trying to avoid it for the rest of the trip, all we had to do was sit back, knit, chat and watch the backs of Cambridge drift by, to the accompaniment of a gentle rocking and lapping of water.
Here, the socks can be seen shortly after embarking the punt, relaxing luxuriously near the bare feet of the Pig Wot Knits:
The first major landmark is the Mathematical Bridge, connecting the two parts of Queens College across the river:
Further on, we have the the back of King's College (I'm assured that, whilst taking this photograph, I became the subject of at least two others):
And then very famous Bridge of Sighs:
I'd like to point out at this time that the weather was perfect for a punt trip; warm, but not too hot and not too bright (especially for silly otters who had forgotten both their sunglasses and their hat). It was not, in fact, thundery and overcast as some of these photos would suggest. It's a nice, dramatic effect, though, eh?
We then passed under the bridge that marks Bridge Street:
I'm sure this bridge has an official name, but I don't know it. It's very striking underneath, though, which I'm sure is a fact appreciated by very few people:
….and then we turned round to come back.
On the way back, Mary's husband and daughter were waiting on Garrett Hostel Bridge, to take photos of us passing underneath:
Garrett Hostel Bridge is also known as 'the bridge you can cycle over' and at least one less mentionable name1.
The whole trip took almost exactly an hour, after which we repaired to the cafe in the grad. soc. building. Another hour's knitting saw me more than halfway through the last sleeve of 'Minnie', well fed, and thoroughly amused by convivial knitters.
A fine outing.
1 …but I'll mention it anyway. It is, as previously mentioned, regularly cycled over, frequently by unfit students on poorly maintained bikes. This results, apparently, in a characteristic sequence of noises that go something like "huff, hurr, huff, hmmm, ugh.. ugh.. mmmph… rrggh… oooh…. rrrrrgh….. MMMMmmmphhh… OOOooohhh …." and, as the peak is crested" — aaaaaaahhhhh…..". Hence the Less Mentionable Name of…. Orgasm Bridge.