Thanks for visiting and for all your messages. It's time to join Amy for Five on Friday. I wonder what you've all been up to this week?
Hot foot to Reading in search of Hobbycraft, I found a few things of interest before having to head home feeling quite cold from the wind. A nice bright day though.
Chatham Place is the place to live at the moment, never mind that it used to be a rough area full of slums and great disturbance. Nowadays, following a couple of years of redevelopment, tall luxury flats are just about nearing completion and an area has been planted which will be ready for a celebration later in the month. An historic ship will arrive and ancient cannons will be thundering as they move and spin around the audience. I am reassured that the new buildings won't be blasted to pieces only that it is a surround sound 'experience'. Some newly commissioned painted plaques will also go up on the planted area to highlight local interesting historical facts. I'll have to go back and have a look.
Walking along the Kennet and Avon canal, the barges were gently smoking as their stoves were lit to keep everyone warm and cosy. The old Huntley and Palmers biscuit factory looked good but alas there was no delicious smell of biscuits cooking. Had I visited the day before, I might have seen Martha Collinson from the Great British Bake Off demonstrating her biscuit recipes in the town.
A few Spring flowers were on display although Forbury Gardens was not yet up to speed. Sorry about the blurry crocuses but even blurry ones are better than none! I think someone had stood on the snowdrops too but hey ho.
It's most important to test out the local cuisine, so a welcome warm break was taken at Carluccios. What a great lemon tart and a legendary hot chocolate! Haven't had one of those for ages.
Back on the train, I was pleased to find the GWR Spring edition of their free magazine for the South East area, packed with ideas for days out using the train. It's such a good publication, here are a few pages for you to browse.
Hope you are all well.
Have a good week.
See you soon.