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Dexter’s first visit to Ely

October 19, 2014

We had such a lovely day visiting friends today.
We drove about an hour away to visit Chrissie, Ben and their son Jonas and have a mooch around Ely.
For being the middle of October, the weather really was lovely.

We first had a walk through town to the Cathedral where we fed the horses some carrots. Dexter wasn’t sure about touching them at first but they made him laugh when he eventually got brave enough.
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After that we walked down the hill and through a willow tunnel and into a little play park. The boys had a little play, running around in their wellies and jumping on the bouncy bridge.

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We all started to get a bit hungry so we walked passed the river to Peacocks Tearoom. If you ever get the chance to go here then please make sure you do.
It was named the UK’s top tearoom 2007 and has been awarded the Tea Guild’s Award of Excellence in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013.
Between the 6 of us, we had 3 different teas, a toasted teacake, marmite and cheese crumpets, chocolate and zucchini cake, carrot cake and I cant remember what Ben ordered but I’m sure it was good. Everything is home made. And they mean really home made. Not home made on a farm somewhere and then bought in. Home made as in on the premises that day.
I had the moriarty tea which was a black chai and was lovely. I tasted some of the crumpets, tea cake and the chocolate zucchini cake but by far the most delicious thing on our table was the home made carrot cake.  Needless to say, all of the cups and plates were empty when we left.  The service was very friendly and there was almost always somebody waiting for a seat, so its clearly a very popular place.

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Following our afternoon tea, we had a nose around the Waterside Antiques Centre that was just a couple of doors down. A beautifully old and creaky building housing a huge collection of nick-nacks, antiques and collectables. I found 2 old ‘Mrs Beetons’ books that I would’ve love to have purchased and Liam found an old bakelite telephone that he really wanted too. Dexter wanted to just touch everything of course so we let him try on a hat before we headed back.

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We walked back past the park and the cathedral before Dexter fell asleep in his buggy and then headed home shortly after.
We had such a lovely day.
Sometimes we don’t see our friends often enough so its nice to be able to take a day out and share it with others and I know I say it every time, but we really should do it more often. xx
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