Sunday 26th May, 2013 at Crick (and Goring-on-Thames).
An early start. We had been invited by Abbie to a surprise 60th birthday party for her husband Dave and, although the party was in Goring-on-Thames, we were determined to go. We took a taxi to Long Buckby railway station, driven by a very cultured Indian gentleman whose English was impeccable, in fact far better than many native English folk! M said that it was a very strange feeling to be back at Long Buckby Station, which used to be her local station when she lived in Daventry.
As the trains from Long Buckby are quite infrequent, and we were under strict instructions to arrive by 1:45pm, we ended up arriving very early. We took a brief walk along the Thames, where we saw the Dutch Barge Ansuka II that had featured in a recent Canal Boat magazine article.
People gradually started to arrive for the party and just after two o'clock there were about 35 cheering and clapping people singing "Happy Birthday to You" when Abbie led Dave through the door. His face was a picture - it was a perfect surprise!
Today: Lots of miles by train but none on MM!