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VII. ELY AND ITS CATHEDRAL. ELY, C A Mbridgeshire, September
6,1891. ? Gray and sombre London, gloomy beneath vast clouds of
steel and bronze, is once more left behind. Old Highgate flits by
and we roll through the network of little towns that fills all the
space between Horn- sey and Tottenham. The country along our course
is one of exceptional interest, and but that Buggins the Builder
has marred it by making the houses alike it would be one of
peculiar beauty. Around Tottenham the dwellings are interspersed
with meadows and there are market-gardens and nurseries of flowers,
? the bright green of carrot-tops and of the humble but portly
cabbage being pleasantly relieved by masses of brilliant hollyhock.
Broad fields ensue, ? cultivated to the utmost and smiling with
plenty; and around some of the houses are beautiful green lawns,
divided with hedges of hawthorn. The country, for the most part,
islevel, and a fme effect is produced upon the landscape by single
tall trees or by isolated groups of them, ? especially where the
plain slopes gently toward gleaming rivulet and bird-haunted vale.
Everywhere the aspect is that of prosperity and bloom. The sun has
pierced the clouds and is faintly lighting with a golden haze this
shadowy summer scene of loveliness and peace. In the distance are
several small streams, dark, bright, and still, and near them many
white and brown cattle, conspicuous in a sudden burst of sunshine,
are couched under the trees. A little canal-boat, gayly painted red
and green, winds slowly through the plain, and over the harvest
fields the omnipresent rook wings his solemn flight or perches on
the yellow sheaves. Chingford has been left to the east, ? where
you may explore one of the most picturesque ruined churches in this
country, and where they show you...
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