Though nice it is to travel and see the world, nothing can compare with the emotions that overwhelm you when you return home.
After spending Autumn in Scotland — and enjoying every bit of it! — I am finally back to East Anglia, my adoptive «Kingdom» and the place which forever keeps a significant portion of my heart.
While the heart of East Anglia could be Cambridge for those who value academia and prestige, or Norwich for those who remember and cherish the naval victories of Admiral Nelson, or in fact Ely for those who still remember that East Anglia was once Northern Europe’s Holy Land — for me East Anglia begins with Stamford. This is my personal gateway to this group of counties that used to be a kingdom in its own right and once boasted a wealth of commercial and cultural links with Continental Europe.
Stamford is a Lincolnshire jewel and quite rightly so. However, the Burghley House and Park complex that forms an integral part of the town is situated right on the border with Cambridgeshire, which allows me to draw this very personal connection between two counties.
Stamford has around 600 listed buildings (not band for a town with a population of about 20,000 people) and possesses an incredible harmony, such that every time I want to feel happy I go to Stamford.
I wonder along its narrow limestone streets thinking how strongly I agree with Sir Walter Scott who considered Stamford to be “the finest stone town in Britain”.
I go to the River Welland.
I sit in one of its quintessential cafes in the historical centre, observing the passers-by and chatting with the local elderly. I submerge into the provincial spirit of the place and become one with it.
Finally, I take a stroll around Burghley Park,
take a look at the magnificent Burghley House — residence to the descendants of Baron William Cecil, adviser of Queen Elisabeth I.
And through this gateway I head back to my adoptive home — the rural Cambridgeshire: to the churches, the fens and the wonderful people that make the history and the present of East Anglia.
I am so attached to this locale and so proud to be part of its community!
What an unlikely mix — a Russian translator in the heart of (arguably) one of the most English lands.
Warmest wishes from Liudmila Tomanek
@Russian Translation World Ltd