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The Fens, Where we Live Now

Vicki and I have moved to the Northeast of England near Cambridge. This is an area called the Fens. It is low and flat generally and shares a natural history with Holland in that it once was underwater and has been drained and pumped for 500 years. Indeed it was the Dutch who brought their expertise and technology of claiming land from the sea. Canals and windmills did the work at first followed by steam and now electric and diesel pumps.

Here are some photos of what it may have looked like hundreds of years ago.

We visited a National Trust property that tries to protect some old Fen land. These pictures were taken during our first house hunting trip. (Mamiya 645 Old School 2)

In the heart of the Fens is the town of Ely also known as the Isle of Ely. It is on a small rise and at one time was an island on which is perched a small village and a Cathedral. The town is pronounced (EElee) as the wetlands around were abundant with eels which gave the town its name.

The cathedral is remarkable when you enter it from the ceilings are intricately painted.

Here is the inside of the cathedral, breathtaking most are but the ceiling is what makes the place unique to me.

Here is a section and this is it zoomed in below...

And above the entrance.

These photos were taken with the Mamiya 546 medium format camera on Velvia 50 file from Fuji. Because of the light the shutter speeds were 4-8 seconds.

We live in the town of Godmanchester in Cambridgeshire near the town of Huntingdon. Godmanchester was commissioned in 1212. A Chester is a collection of
Roman buildings and and Godmund was the surname of the family in the area. Huntingdon is the birthplace of Oliver Cromwell.

The following are a series of maps to orientate you to where we live now...

This is a view of the town along the causeway. With the river and canals around there is a lot of waterfowl.

Our house is a timber framed house from around 1500. It has a modern extension off the back. We are on 2.5 acres of paddock backing onto the River Great Ouse . This is our house from the back...

Yes that is Vicki on the right making a rare photographic appearance. This is street in front with the house across the street from us.

We have a tractor in the back garden which I took as a photographic subject one day.

I have also been taken with the Borage growing around the house this spring and this inspired some more photos.

These photos were taken with the Mamiya as well.