On Monday it was my brother's birthday, the first since his wife passed away earlier in the year. He lives in Ipswich but I didn't want him to spend the day alone. He came down and stayed in a Travelodge, Phil and I picked him up in the morning and we made our way to Pembroke Lodge, Richmond Park to meet the family, his daughter, my son and daughter, Harry and my son's girlfriend.
After coffee and general chat we made our way down to the river to catch a boat for around trip to Teddington Lock. ( Phil, Malcolm and I all lived near there as children)
Some beautiful colour in the flower beds in the park
The wonderful bend in the River Thames seen from Richmond Hill. I love this view and want my ashes scattered here!!
We stopped for lunch near Richmond Bridge before we boarded the boat.
I don't publish photographs of my family but here are a few photographs I took on the boat trip. I have a lovely photograph of Harry and Jill but as she is on holiday now I had better wait to see if she minds if I post it on the blog!!
This is Popes Grotto, home of Alexander Pope, find out more here
It is now a school.
Changed my mind, here they are here!!!
When we got back to Richmond from the boat trip, Jill and Harry made their way home and we went back up the hill to the park where we had parked our cars. We stopped in the terrace gardens for a cup of tea and enjoyed the wonderful view again.
We also went to the King Henry V111th mound, it is the highest point within the park.
On a clear day you can look through this gap in the trees through the telescope or long lens camera and see St Paul's Cathedral 10 miles away but sadly it was quite dull when we looked!!
I have borrowed a photograph from Flicker to show you what it should look like on a clear day!!
With the surrounding modern buildings carefully hidden by the holly hedging, this "key hole" view of the 18th Century landmark from the park is like a window to London's past.
Back at Pembroke lodge we had another cup of tea and final chats and goodbyes before going back to our cars. I didn't want the day to finish so early for my brother so we went to Teddington Lock and had a walk round there and then had a meal in a local pub. we then took him back to the Travelodge and drove home after a really lovely day all together.