Friday 20th June, 2014 at Aston Marina.
We went back home to Reigate for a week in order to see David and Justina, who were over from America for a short visit. Justina had a tough schedule of business appointments but David had the opportunity to spend time with the family.
Today was the final day of their visit and David had a free day. R was naturally keen to make the most of these last precious hours with him and, since David had never seen MM, R had a brainwave and suggested that we take David up to MM for the day. Theresa, David's mother, was also anxious to spend time with David on his last day, so it was natural that we also included her, especially since she too had never seen MM.
What an utterly wonderful, memorable day it turned out to be!
Theresa arrived at our house at 7:00am, in time for one of R's special latte coffees. M's sister, Janice, very kindly picked us up and dropped us off at Redhill station on her way to work as there are no buses at that time of the morning.
David joined us at Euston; he'd overslept! Consequently, he'd missed breakfast so he was jolly pleased when M produced a huge picnic on the train! We had a super journey up to Stone, all chatting happily away. Stone railway station is a lovely old building and we enjoyed the sunshine as we waited for the taxi.
We decided to take an extra hour over lunch and go back on a later train. The taxi collected us at 5:00pm for the train back to Euston. We were all a bit sleepy after such a super day!
We said our farewells at Victoria Station, David went back to his hotel to pack for their flight back to the US tomorrow morning. It was hard to say cheerio as we don't know when we will see David next. Theresa, M and R took the train back to Redhill
It was the most marvellous day and we hope that both Theresa and David will retain the happiest memories of their day trip to MM. Their presence certainly made it very special for both of us.
Today: 3 miles, 2 locks and 2.0 hours.