#WeekendCoffee Share: Ely Eel Festival


If I was having coffee I’d say that I’ve been consuming some interesting beverages recently, a mocktail, comes to mind.

Yesterday I was at Grand Central Ely  (my daughter’s recommendation,) an authentic American style restaurant right by Ely waterfront. My daughter and I sampled their tasty burgers and also had some lovely mocktails, (no alcohol!) We both opted for a Cotton Candy – A sweet blend of coconut cream, pineapple juice and grenadine. It was delicious!

I’m not sure if I could replicate that mocktail but I do have a smoothie maker! Otherwise would a humble old coffee do ? Don’t worry I promise not to serve it in a bucket!

Yesterday my daughter and I’s visit to Ely coincided with the Ely Eel Festival. We had quite a day.

We watched Morris Dancers – more about that and our day on my post for: Hugh’s Photo Challenge so do stop there do and take a look!

We saw dancers, young performers, singers, men and women in Medieval costume, Morris Dancers, people eating Eel…  the DJ wasn’t impressed – he spat his out! I bought some pot plants, and a cute cuddly cactus which sadly I lost somewhere… either on the grass, Tescos, or the train, I’ve no idea. So if you find my pot plants – do take care of them..

I had to share these particular photos of the event:



Who are these ladies in long black dresses you might ask? I was thinking the same thing until they put their tassels around their hips and then it clicked. Belly Dancers! These are the Elysian Belly Dancers, swaying their bellies and hips in tune to the music. Well done them, so brave to show off their Arabic dancing talents in public.

If you’d like to join in the fun here’s the link to the website: Elysian Belly Dancers. I have to say I was tempted, but I have writer’s meetings once a month on a Thursday evening! I co-coordinate the Cambridge Writer’s writing for children group: Cambridge Writers, so if I want to belly dance I might have to find another class! C’est La Vie!

What else have I been up to?

On Wednesday night I usually go to my Tai Chi class but I was invited by  fellow writer –  Alex Mellanby – author of The Tregarthur Series: Author Alex Mellanby – Amazon Profile along to an interesting, and enlightening SCIWBI event at Heffers Childrens Bookshop, Trinity Street. The guest of honour – Clair Goodhead, The Bookshop Manager, enlightened us about the history of the bookshop and gave us an insight into how passionate they are about books in general, and championing local authors. These type of events are excellent for networking, and finding out more  about the bookselling industry.  I met the co-coordinator of the Central East SCWBI network Helen Moss, writer of Adventure Island Books.

More about Helen here: Children’s Author: Helen Moss

This experience has made me consider joining The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, here’s the link to find out more: SCBWI.

More about Diana’s #WeekendCoffeeshare:

Part Time Monster Weekend Coffee Share

#WeekendCoffeeShare Link Up Post

Do you like to eat Eel, belly dance or have any unusual hobbies? Are you a SCBWI member?

Don’t forget to comment, and do have a lovely bank holiday weekend.

Bye for now,


Marje @ Kyrosmagica xx

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  1. The mocktail sounds really nice, my favourite smoothie is banana, coconut and pineapple. So delicious. Great photos.
    Hope you have a great week. 🙂

  2. I love that you had a fun week! Like you, I cherish time with my daughter.

    I have exercised using belly dance, and I have learned the Sunshine Hula. I would love to learn more belly dancing, especially now that I have more of a belly. You may not know this, but I was too thin for most of my life.

    Thanks for another fun post!

    1. I am tempted to try it I must say! And now that you have a belly perhaps you should try! I’ll see if I can find a class nearby… Yes it’s wonderful to be able to spend time with my daughters too. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

  3. I’m in SCBWI – I’d really recommend it if you can get to some of the socials that they run. Most of these are in London, but there are some regional events too. Membership would also give you access to potential critique partners/groups. I think you can join the FB group without being a member, to check out the community – well worth a look 🙂

  4. Happy to try belly dancing but eels… No thanks. I did a pie shop tour with my daughter and son’s girlfriend a couple of years ago and had two sorts of eel. The taste/ texture was somewhere between unpleasant and downright disgusting.

      1. I thought you’d appreciate it. He’s an interesting character. He was a translator for Tagore tour of China. Through researching that, I found out Tagore had received quite a hostile response in China, which I hadn’t known. Considering I’d needed Xu Zhimo to fill my Z spot, I was quite impressed at how a random search can add to your understanding xx Rowena

      2. Thanks very much, Marje. The challenge definitely kept me busy. I’ve been cutting and pasting everything back into word to print out and edit etc and I was stunned by how much I wrote. I have had a pretty quiet blogging week.
        xx Rowena

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