Fenland mist at Stow-cum-Quy
Ratnagarbha visits the intriguing part of Cambridgeshire known as the fenland edges on a cold, dank and misty January morning.
Stow-cum-Quy (no one seems quite sure how to pronounce it – ‘Stowkey’, or as it looks…?) anyway, it’s a village just outside Cambridge, to the east, on the edge of the Fens. The fenland edges are where the fens proper merge into the low rolling downs of South Cambs, or further out, the ferny Brecklands. They are not so ‘wide open’ as the deep fens, but have a lot of character. Stow Quay fen has a manor house attached to the village with some lovely mature parkland. There is a lake with swans, and an ornamental bridge. An air of neglect and resting on past glories.
The small lake seemed like an enchanted world this dank misty morning, one could imagine one was in one of the great Parks of England such as Windsor or even Stourbridge Park.