Pincents Manor Hotel
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... boat crew based themselves here for training. Today it looks a little sad and neglected although it's supposed to have great views of the Thames from its terrace bar. I now have to make my way back to the river via Purley. This place has always presented problems to Thames Path followers. As far back as the 1780s, there was opposition to a tow path from the landowner of the riverside meadow at Purley. At one time a couple of ferries ran so that the river could be followed on ...
... and modern throughout. Where else do the most elegant stores open at 5:00 am. In one sitting view I can see Rolex's, Tiffany's, Gucci, Harrods, Ralph Lauren and other shops that I'm not familiar with but recognize them to be of the same class as the others.
It's 7 am and we are boarding the plane now.
Interesting note: ...
... we were old enough to be allowed in the dark room to help, my grandfather teaching me to dodge and burn the images he was developing, then moving the print from tray to tray of developing fluid and watching the magic image appear.
I'm going to check that I have all of my camera batteries and memory cards one more time, give thanks I don't have to take hundreds of rolls of film with me but also be nostalgic for those days in the dark and watching magic happen.
... didn't like to say Yes! But some 20 insurance companies later we did finally get something sorted.
Then there was the packing. Oh the packing! Our first decision was that we would be doing so much travelling on trains, buses and boats that it would be too cumbersome to have suitcases or very large backpacks with us. So we decided to go "Hand luggage" only. Then we realised that by the time we'd packed our sleeping bags ...
... night - somewhere with lots of vegetables!! Jen, we can swap holiday stories and Shirley you can tell us the latest with Serena, Stefan and Amelies (sp??)
Maryanne, Julie and Janice, it will be nice to see you all again but I just wish it didn't have to be where it will be. Janice, you could give me some good news by telling me we had won lotto!! No? Well then, I will see you all on Monday week.. with 4 weeks to go until the next ...