Sunday, June 21, 2015

A Happy Reunion, Strolls along the Thames and in Basildon Park and Garden, A Father's Day Activity

Day 24, June 21

A delicious and wonderful reunion brunch today with Sam and Reija Fanous here at the Yule Kuehns! Our annual gathering with these precious friends! We stuffed ourselves with everything from smoked salmon from the Faroe Islands to yummy sausage from the local butchers to a fruit bowl with the freshest of fruits, croissants and Beestings and on and on. There was laughter and reminiscing and good conversation, a joyful reunion indeed. Our conversation continued as we went off together for a stroll through barley fields and wild flower meadows along the Thames. Mid-afternoon Sam and Reija left and Bonnie and Zachary and Lyn and I drove 5 minutes down the road to Basildon Park, house and garden. Zachary and Bonnie played the ball run game while Lyn and I talked our way through garden paths full of stunning roses as well as a variety of other beautiful flowers. The allium were bigger than any I've ever seen I think. Views of Berkshire countryside were pastoral. We watched a DVD at the house featuring productions like Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice and particular episodes filmed in the grand house. An enjoyable and relaxing day from beginning to end! Zachary and Ross are enjoying a special Father's Day new Lego set activity while Bill confirms our seats for our flight home tomorrow with plans to leave here right after breakfast. Our route to Heathrow will include stops at two National Trust gardens, Greys Court and Cliveden Manor. It's been another fabulous trip in England and Scotland. We've seen and done so many wonderful things it's hard to pick a favorite. 

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