Sunshine Adventures

Friday 8 April evening

This evening was so lovely and warm that we decided to take our dinner out into the garden (see photos in the Gallery at right).  The four of us enjoyed our meal is this very pleasant surroundings.

Saturday 9 April (Janet’s due date)

Fine, Sunny, warm – 21 degrees

The four of us drove to Marlow to meet Janet and Adrian’s friends, Natalie and Neil, for a picnic down by the River Thames.  The six of us went shopping at Marlow Waitrose for some fresh crusty rolls, cold meats, cheese, etc for a picnic lunch.  We enjoyed our walk through Marlow to the large park beside the river, where we spread our blankets under a large tree.  We watched the ducks and swans swimming and relaxed along with the hundreds of other families out enjoying the sunshine.  We were pleased to have the opportunity to meet and spend time with Natalie and Neil – we spent the afternoon talking, laughing and having fun.

Sunday 10 April – our Wedding Anniversary

Fine, Sunny, Warm – 22 degrees.

Sandy’s Mum and sister, Maria rang to wish us a Happy Anniversary and then the four of us (Janet, Adrian, Richard and Sandy) headed off on a little adventure out into the country to soak up more of the sunshine in the Chilterns.  Our first stop was Chalfont St Giles, where we went to the Chiltern Open Air Museum, which is a collection of historic buildings, dating back to the 16th Century.  We wandered through the farm and the little village, which had a green, cottages, forge and chapel.  We saw the Henton Mission Room, a church and the High Wycombe Toll House, which was where people had to stop and pay a toll if they were transporting livestock – we saw people dressed in Victorian clothes – one lady was making bread in her tiny kitchen.  The museum also has learning experiences for schools – they have various displays, including brick making, furniture making, lessons in ploughing and feeding the farm animals.

From there we went to Amersham where we drove through the Old Town, with its cottages and Church of St Mary, which was built in the 12th Century.

Then we drove on to Great Missenden, where Roald Dahl, the children’s author, spent 36 years of his life.

We drove through West Wycombe, where we saw a huge car-boot sale in a paddock – cars were lined up to get into the parking area.

We had lunch at a lovely English Pub in Turville, the Bull and Butcher, where we sat out in the garden, soaking up the sunshine and the views.  Then Janet and Adrian took us for a walk to show us the Vicar of Dibley’s house and the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang windmill.

We drove back to Maidenhead via Skirmett, Hambleden and Henley-on-Thames, thoroughly delighted with our trip out into the beautiful, green English countryside.

Janet and Adrian’s friends and soon to be Godparents of the new baby, Wanda and Alan had invited us for “pudding” at their house in Maidenhead and we spent a delightful afternoon eating the lovely pavlova that Wanda had made, chatting, laughing and enjoying their company.  We also met two of their children, Erik and Nicole and also the gorgeous cat, Rosie.

We all attended the evening service at St Mary’s church, which is a beautiful, friendly church in Maidenhead, where we met some more of Janet and Adrian’s friends.

We had a lovely Wedding Anniversary and have had a delightful weekend in the sunshine with Janet and Adrian.



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