We left the boat and headed to Kingston on Thames to stay a couple of nights at Warren House, a lovely hotel which is close to the centre of KoT but is in lovely extensive grounds.
|David on the spare bed in Warren House|
David's niece Sarah and her husband came for a drink with us on the Friday night before they headed off to Norfolk for a wedding weekend.
On Saturday David and I went out for breakfast to a great cafe that felt very much like an NZ cafe. Really nice food, excellent service.
We then went and picked up Lesley (ODS) from Staines and took her out for a long afternoon. We started off by visiting Runnymede, a place we have driven through several times and boated past once but not stopped at. Such an important place in England's history.
|This is the Magna Carta (corrected from original posting ...) memorial at Runnymede|
|Lesley at the Magna Carta memorial - she is in much better shape and was able to walk comfortably all around the park.|
|Lesley's huge bowl of salad - two of these a day. See the size of the Olivia container beside the bowl: yes it IS a big bowl of salad.|
Catching up with Molly in a surprise visit was great - she and Lesley met some years ago, so it was old home week.
We delivered Lesley back to her brother's place and then headed out for dinner in KoT. A big fail, as we could not find where was sensible to park. So back to the hotel we went and had another bar meal - the food was fine and the cost was reasonable, so no real worries.
On the Sunday, we made our way back to Surrey, to Abinger Hammer this time to stay with my cousin Gordon and Sharon for a few nights.
|Josh, Gordon and Sharon's latest grandson. A little cutie.|
|The dining room - love that table!|
|Molly, Gordon, Sharon and me - David took the photo - out for dinner at The Plough.|
|Gordon didn't want downpipes, so they found these decorative chains made of plastic. The water flows out of the guttering down the chain into the gully trap. Practical and very attractive!|
|A slight frost on the day we left.|
Our last night was in Beckenham with Lionel and Carole - they had just come back the night before from a wedding in Croatia, I think, so there was no late night revelry!
|We went out for a walk around the lake at Kelsey Park - a beautiful resource there in Beckenham|
|I think the two geese on the rock are Egyptian - Irene?|
|And my seat on the Air Canada flight had a massage function ...|