I’m reasonably certain it was Thomas Wolfe who famously declared ‘you can’t go home again’ on the jacket of his poignant tome, and lately this proclamation has been ringing true enough for Sirjana and I.
We have watched as a new slab of dark grey highway laid waste to two of my childhood homes in the past year. All we have left now are memories and photographs of those idyllic places that helped shape me into the nostalgia junkie I am today.
That is why it was such an amazing surprise when on the day of our wedding in Punjab, Sirjana gifted me one night’s stay in the very first place I called home. The house where I lived out my first decade as a mini human has always brought out fond memories whenever I think of it. I think this is because aside from being a 140-year-old villa with oodles of charm it also had the most impressive quarter acre victorian garden and back shed to lord over and explore.
Obviously, then, when Sirjana had heard that it was now a quaint little bed and breakfast called ‘The Hedges’ she immediately hatched a plan to surprise me big time! What follows isn’t exactly ‘going home again’ as a lot has changed in the past 22 years, but it was like a re-imagining of and old favourite movie. All the key points and familiar characters where there just the special effects budget had been ramped up since the last release. The people who own the place now are so amazing, kind and accommodating. They made sure I felt like I was at Home!
If you are visiting Cambridge… this is the place to stay.
It really was a special thing for Sirjana to do for me and it goes without saying that I’m the luckiest husband in the world to have such an incredible partner by my side. So with the stage set, let us scroll down and take an amble through time.
A heartwarming wedding gift from my wife.
I was moved to see our ancient crabapple tree was still firmly rooted to the spot where we had left it, meaning ‘Crissie’ our families old white tabby and one of my earliest and bestest friends was buried peacefully nearby.