Maidenhead/Adventuring Day 13 and 14

Day 13 and 14        Maidenhead/Adventuring          Blue Skies/ warmish

On Saturday morning, we picked up our rental car from National/Europcar, in Slough (some 20 minutes from here) as they are not open on Sundays and we would like to make an early start on Monday morning.  They tried to give us a free upgrade, but we really need to have the small car so that it will fit on the narrow roads and streets in the South West of England.  So, we have an A class Mercedes (photos later).

At 5.00pm, the two of us plus Janet, caught the train in to meet Adrian’s aunt, Jacinta, for dinner.  She has been working in Manchester and arrived in London to do some work for a few days.

We caught our usual train, but instead of going all the way to Paddington, we got off one stop earlier, Ealing Broadway, and changed to the District Line, where we went a few stops to Turnham Green, which is where Jacinta is staying.

We all went for a stroll through the area/town, found a nice little place to have a drink before dinner and to chat while watching the world go by.

It was difficult to find a pub to have dinner in as there was a huge football match on and the pubs were overrun with boisterous people watching the “tellies”.

So, we went for a walk and found a nice “Giraffe” place and had dinner there.

After dinner, we walked back to the station as Jacinta’s hotel was just around the corner and up the street.

We thoroughly enjoyed catching up with Jacinta, hearing what she is up to work-wise and also hearing some stories about Adrian’s sister, Lisa’s wedding, as well as being able to tell her some of our stories too!

The three of us caught the District train to Ealing Broadway and then after a bit of a wait, as there was some signalling problem on the line, we caught the train back to Maidenhead, then a short walk and we were home after spending a very pleasant evening together.

On Sunday, after a “slow start”, Janet took us exploring.  She and Adrian have a book about walks in the Berkshire and Buckinhamshire district, so she suggested that she would take us on one of them.  So, off we went!

We did “The Meandering Thames at Marlow” walk – 4 miles (6.4km), a suggested time of 1hr 30min, with a level of difficulty well within our reach!

We walked down country lanes and at the edge of farmland – here in England, even although it is your property, the powers-that-be are allowed to put a path at the edge of it for public use.

We saw some squirrels playing and then hiding from us in trees when we wanted to take their photo, and we also saw sheep and cattle grazing.

The track, through lovely bushland with trees starting to turn into their winter colours, brought us out at the Thames River at Temple Lock, which was very picturesque on such a beautiful sunny day.

We walked along the riverbank on “The Thames Path”, and saw lots of activity on the river – people rowing, some having a champagne and seafood lunch while puddling down the river, and lots of pleasure craft heading off to unknown destinations!  As well as people, we saw lots of swans and ducks on the river.

On the opposite bank we saw the Bisham Abbey, where Queen Victoria is said to have called whilst out driving in her carriage.

We also saw Marlow’s Parish Church and the Marlow suspension bridge with All Saints in the background.  The bridge, which was completed in 1832, was designed by William Tierney Clark, who was inspired by similar bridges he had seen at London Hammersmith and at Budapest – how fitting that we are heading to Budapest next Saturday!!

We walked through a lovely park, with families gathered to watch children play, had an ice cream and walked along the High Street back to the car.

We had a late lunch – meatballs (very nice) – and will soon be getting ready to go to church with Janet, who is singing again!!

Then it will be time to come home and get organised for our adventure to Cornwall tomorrow.

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