After Jim left, Jake helped me pack up the books that Biddy gave me. Jane and I walked up to the Post Office in Toft to mail them home. It cost almost 13 pounds but much less expensive than buying all five them. Biddy gave them to me as she is cleaning out her house to sell and because in the stories the main character drinks Red Bush (Rooiboos) tea all the time. I love Red Bush tea.
When Jake got back from helping Ben put air in his tires, we went into Cambridge to the Fitzwilliam Museum
. Jane and I went to look at paintings while Jake went to check out the armour. It is a very large museum and we only looked at the top floor. The main exhibit for impressionist art (my favorite) was closed but there was a small room with quite a good collection. It is quite something to go through an art museum with two artists. Jane and Jake both paint and Jake makes a living from his work. He does the cartoon in the National Farming magazine, illustrates children’s books, and does graphic art for businesses. They are both quite talented. Jake’s latest children’s book is "Peg Legged Pete" which was done for an American company. In the museum store Jane bought me a tea towel (linen kitchen towel) called Fuji Wave. It was a print of a Japanese painting called “Under the Wave off Kanagawa” by Katsushiga Hokusai from the early 1800’s. Not only was it an original painting that we saw but Jane has a print of it in the bathroom I am using at the house. When we left the museum we had lunch in the café on the lawn. We had little individual quiches, tomato salad, and potato salad with ginger beer (like root beer only with a ginger flavor).
When we got back we had a “cuppa” tea on the patio. Jane went into her flower garden and cut a bunch of flowers which she put into bunches to sell tomorrow. While Jane was doing that I picked blackberries in the garden
. I also went around the house taking pictures and then took pictures inside. Then we downloaded the pictures onto my netbook. I showed Jane and Jake some pictures of our house that I had on the netbook. I skyped Larry as it is probably the last time I will be able to until we meet in Germany on Sunday. While we were talking, Derek called and I got to talk to him too.
When we were finished we had another “cuppa” tea and biscuits. When Ben got home he showed us what he had bought by putting on a short fashion show.
Rita called to make arrangements for my return to her house in Ashford Common near London.
The four of us went out to eat in Eversden (EV-es-dun) at The Hoops Tandoori. It was the first time I have had Indian food. I had a starter called Somosa which was a triangular pastry with vegetable and rice, very tasty. For the meal I had Tangi Chicken which was also very tasty. I did not get a hot dish. I had alcoholic cider to drink. Eversden is a very small village just 5 minutes from Toft. When we got home we watched the news and I finished this blog.
We had eggs for breakfast today, straight from the coop in the back garden. Jim came up from London to do buy some carpentry supplies and do some work in the workshop of a friend. So he stopped in here to say hello. He and his brother, Ben, were really funny together. Jim's partner, Sarah, is due to have a baby in three weeks. Jim is really excited to be a dad.