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Windsor and Maidenhead

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  • Day5

    Windsor Great Park

    June 24, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Yesterday we did a small walk in the Windsor Great Park. The weather has been very sunny each day and the temperature is in the mid 20 deg C. The Great Park is very manicured with a large number of mature trees of many varieties. There were many cyclists as well as people walking along the paths.
    When we came home Matilda persuaded Anita to finish a skirt she is wearing to a Headmasters luncheon later this week. Matilda is completing year 12 this week, and only has one more year at Reading Blue Coat.
    This morning Anita drove us to Sonning which is where Matilda's school is located. We had a look at both the front of the school and also at the Boat Shed as both girls have been involved with the rowing teams.
    We walked a very short section of the Thames path, saw the lock operating at Sonning, and enjoyed a cup of tea overlooking the Thames. The family are very fortunate to live in such a scenic area.
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  • Day12

    Kew Gardens

    July 1, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Today we used our bonus ticket on Brit Rail to go to Kew Gardens. Not perfectly straight forward as works were being done on the line near Richmond so were diverted to a bus for some of the journey. Hence it took 2 hours to get from Ascot to Kew Gardens.
    The temperature was very close to 30 deg c again, and there were lots of people enjoying the gardens. The map which the office gave out was a little hard to follow as there were grass tracks as well as pebbled tracts and also tarred paths.
    However we did see the plants in the heated dome, and the flower variety was stunning. The vista over the lake was impressive as well as Queen Charlotte's cottage. This thatched cottage was donated by Queen Victoria in 1898 to the Kew Gardens and consisted of 32 acres as well as the house.
    Trip back to Ascot was even more complicated as the bus did not run straight to Hounslow from Richmond but needed a second bus and a walk. However eventually Anita was able to pick us up from Ascot.
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  • Day8

    On Lake Windermere

    June 27, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Today we travelled on Lake Windermere to Lakeside where we changed boats. After the
    Very pleasant boat rides in ideal conditions we had a vintage train ride which took us to Haverthwaite. This was a tourist destination. On the platform there was a guy with his four owls which were chained to their poles, but were tame enough for some people to pat them.
    According to information given to us on the train it was supposed to be 150 yards to a lookout. The 150 yards may have been a vertical measurement, and it would not be classified as an easy walk. But the view was excellent. After that feat we treated ourselves to Thunder and Lightening icecreams. By this stage the temp was approaching 30 deg c.
    On the return leg via Bowness we saw a large number of swans, geese and other birds waddling around in the shallow water. A bit further on we met a retired pilot who was quite a character. During the day we saw four aircraft doing low runs over Lake Windermere. Keith seemed to know quite a bit about these exercises.
    In summary a delightful day with wonderful scenery and weather and good company.
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  • Day10

    Coniston and Amberside

    June 29, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    After the visit to Beatrix Potter's home we visited the Ruskin museum in Coniston. This museum contains information about Donald Campbell and the Bluebird, a replica of the remains of the Bluebird being displayed in a glass cabinet. There was also a video of Donald Campbell's life and various attempts at speed records.
    Afterwards we went to the shore of Lake Coniston where we enjoyed lunch. There were lots of people around with many boats in the water. Probably very similar to inland lakes in Australia except that the sand was a bit coarser. We sat and relaxed and watched the crowds.
    On the way home Keith kindly stopped at Amberside where there is the smallest National Trust house in England. The dry stone bridge on which the house was built was constructed in approx 1500. The house was built slightly later and has a kitchen with a stove and is approx 2m x 3m in area. If you climb some very steep stairs outside there is another room on top of the kitchen roughly the same size. The National Trust rep told us that it had been used as commercial premises for various trades including shoe repairs. One of the photos shows Beryl and Keith in the small kitchen.
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  • Day12

    At the Regatta

    July 1, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    On Friday Keith and Beryl drove us to Oxenholme and put us on the train to Wolverhampton. From there we caught a connection to Reading, and from Reading to Ascot. It was a very memorable time we had in the Lakes District, and our thanks to Keith and Beryl for showing us so many great attractions set amongst great scenery.
    On Saturday afternoon Matilda was rowing in a regatta at Sonning. Paul and Anita took us there for a couple of hours and set us in comfortable chairs on the banks of the Thames. There were squads there from Australia, the United States as well as many school rowing crews and University squads.The reason for the international competitors was that it was excellent practice for the regatta at Henley which is in a week's time.
    Matilda was part of a double sculls team with her friend Jess. They came second out of three competitors. There was much encouragement from the spectators as they went past. It was avery much a social event for the parents and friends.
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  • Day3

    Ascot Races

    June 22, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Trip from Benalla to Heathrow went well. Thanks to David for driving to Seymour, then train to Broadmeadows, bus to Melbourne airport and two Singapore airline flights to Heathrow. Anita kindly provided transport from Heathrow to Ascot.
    We passed through Dachet, which had several large hanging baskets full of spring flowers. These were also very visible in Ascot. We saw the footbridge over the high street in Ascot which takes the race goers from one of the largest car parks to the race course.
    Later in the day we went to Watersplash lane which the Queen passes through on her way to Ascot races. There were about 200 locals within 100m. Including two groups of school children in uniform. There was also a significant police presence.
    Pictures include hanging baskets outside a pub in Dachet, flowers above a garbage container, two carriages in the royal procession and Anita and Anna in the back yard.
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  • Day5

    A Day in Bath

    June 24, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Yesterday we set out for a day in Bath or Bath Spa as the Brit Rail calls it. It was the final day of Ascot races so Anita drove to Martins Heron. Some of the names for these places are hard to understand. However, the train took us from Martins Heron to Reading where we got our Rail Cards stamped. Then caught the train to Bath Spa. Train was impressive as it was 99% full, passed other trains in places and got up to probably 120 kph. And was a very smooth ride.
    First place we visited was the Roman Baths which is a World Heritage attraction. Stood in the queue outside for 15 minutes, then the inside queue for roughly the same time. There were about 25% more people inside than I remember last time. However the size and complexity of it made it well worthwhile for a second visit. Took some photos on the tablet. However found the camera much easier in the bright sunlight.
    After lunch went on two bus tours of Bath. First one included The Cresent and The Circle. The use of local stone in the buildings is very evident, and the age of many buildings is demonstrated by the huge number of chimney pots.
    At Ascot everyone was home for dinner including Paul, Anna and Matilda. Matilda had come home from a Biology camp in Wales.
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  • Day3

    Picnic at the races

    June 22, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We decided today to have a picnic at the Ascot races. There is an enclosure for the locals, where they show their Heath Pass and they are allowed in free. We packed eats and drinks, arrived early and got a spot on the fence. Was a bright sunny day with a few light clouds. Had used plenty of sunscreen. The area filled up but nowhere as many people as on the other side of the track.
    The carriages came down the straight at 2pm, the band struck up God Save the Queen and the crowd sang loudly. Quite an impressive moment.
    First race was at 2.30pm. There is quite a rise in the track coming up to the finish. The horses thundered past us about 3 metres away. It was certainly a different experience and one to remember for a long time.
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  • Day6

    day 5 of our trip

    May 31 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    We left Goring to make our way back to Windsor stopping at Marlow on the way. After making good progress we headed to Windsor for a quick look around the castl, a quick drink ending by a great Indian meal.

  • Day4

    Windsor Castle

    April 25, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    We arrived at Windsor Castle to discover the Queen had flown in (on her Helicopter) to Windsor earlier that morning. You always know if the Queen is present by the flag. The Union Flag is replaced by the Royal Flag when the Queen is there.

    Because the Queen was there, we were unable to tour the state apartments. (It is pretty cool to know that the Queen was basically just on the other side of a wall from me though!) We did get to see the rest though. Unfortunately it's forbidden to take photographs anywhere indoors at Windsor Castle so the only photos you will see are of the outside.

    We also got to see Queen Mary's Dollhouse. Super cool. The Dollhouse is huge and has so much detail. It even has running water! I really wish I could show you photos of it.
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Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Windsor and Maidenhead, WNM

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