Thanks for calling in.
Do you use public transport or do you jump in the car? Walking or using the train or the bus requires a whole new philosophy on life. You have to plan ahead if you have appointments to keep or a schedule but if you have a free day, you can just go with the flow and if you miss your train or bus, you can just get the next one, relax, don't fret. Of course it's useful to have a book, a crossword or a woolly project with you for those in between moments.
There's a camaraderie at the bus stop, people always have something to say about the state of the new building work, traffic, Christmas in the shops already! As you hurtle round the roads, you have a bird's eye view. Time to enjoy those beautiful Autumn trees.
My train journey to Basildon Park required a half hour walk to the station - there's no room to park at the station any longer,too many cars, and a train to Reading. At Reading, there's time to enjoy the new station structure, time to go down and up and down again to the next platform. Ooops! Time to peruse Hotel Chocolate's new Halloween stock and try a free bat. Then we're off to Pangbourne alongside the river. Little boats bobbling about outside the window, glorious countryside abounds.
You can walk from Pangbourne station to the National Trust property Basildon Park, it takes half an hour but there is a pavement all the way apart from a few yards. The Swan pub by the weir looks a pretty place to stop.
Passing the black and white buildings with their pretty gardens on the other side of the road to them by the river, you reach Child Beale, an animal park.
Crossing over the railway on the bridge, you know you've just got to walk up the hill and round the corner and you'll be there. They are building a brick and flint wall at the moment, so interesting to see their work as we go by.
Of course you'll have to do it all, again in reverse on the homeward trip. Walking along, the wind gusting, sycamore helicopters whizzing all around, it seems shorter on the way back.
Back on the train but breaking my journey at Reading gave me the chance to scoot round the new art exhibition at the museum - Critic as Artist.
Most importantly of all though, there's time for another caramel and chocolate cornett at Tutti Frutti on the station concourse before heading off again on the last train. Well, you have to support homemade enterprises don't you!
Ahhh another enjoyable trip.