Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sunday 2 June - Family and Taplow Court

The sun was shining brightly on Gods Wonderful Railway this morning.

We would normally visit Pam and Len, Colin's cousins by train to Burnham but, this being Sunday, the railway was running a bus between Slough and Burnham so they came into Slough to meet us there.  It was a quick journey along the Great Western main line and there was time to admire the original station building.  The exterior is well maintained but the ticket area is pretty poor.

It was a lovely clear day and we enjoyed the 20 minute ride back to their place.  We sat, talked and admired the garden where we saw a large woodpecker.  They also see deer and badgers while the family of ducks is expected momentarily.

We drove out to a pleasant, but busy, country pub called the Royal Standard.  The bitter was good as was the Sunday roast lamb special.

How many cousins can you get in a phone box
 After lunch Len had found out that Taplow Court, a stately home in the area, was open for visits which we enjoyed immensely.  It is now used by a buddist group dedicated to world peace and is only open for a few days in the year.  The building dates back to the 1600s but has been added to and improved several times.  The building is exquisitely maintained and the grounds are well manicured.

A short ride back to Slough and we caught a slow train back to Paddington.

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