23/07/2013

Birthday Cruise to Windsor!

This last weekend has been such a good one! Saturday included a trip to the shops for the monkeys with Daddy to buy some flowers for Mummy, as part of my Birthday gift. Big monkey chose the dyed Chrysanthemums and the others were from Hubby. Later that evening our lovely friend Jan babysat so that hubby and I could go for a meal. We went to the Axe and Compasses, in a lovely village about 25 minutes from home. The two of us had a superb meal, with great service and the surroundings were beautiful!

Sunday, we were awoken bright and very early at 4.30am by an excited big monkey, who came to wish me Happy Birthday and to give me his and little monkeys present and my cards. Luckily we managed to hold off opening everything until 6am, a more sociable start time to the day. As with each previous year since meeting hubby, I have been thoroughly spoiled and was given a Cambridge Satchel Co Satchel in my favourite colour and a new pair of Birkenstocks, amongst other things. The satchel is especially lush!! 
So after an early start, we headed off out for the day to see my parents on their narrow boat on the Thames. We met them at Runnymead, near Egham, Surrey and after a quick cuppa, we set to cruise the Thames towards Windsor.
Both the monkeys love being on the boat and hubby had never been on that part of the Thames so there was much excitement all round, with it being mummy's birthday too! The trip to Windsor took just short of two hours with two huge locks to go through and lots of lovely scenery also. The weather started off overcast but by late morning it was very hot and sunny. Big monkey steered the boat and did a good job too and little monkey was a superstar staying water safe.

Once we moored up at Windsor, we had a stroll up to the town to find somewhere to have lunch and afterwards a gander around the shops and an ice cream. Windsor is a great place and I always love going there. Now, of course we had to go back to Runnymead the way we had come, so after a while, we left Windsor and cruised back on the Thames in the gorgeous sunshine.
There were loads of other boaters out on Sunday and plenty of people making the most of the weather. The monkeys enjoyed a kick about and played frisbe on the common at Runnymead before we set home after a long but very nice July Sunday. I had a fabulous Birthday, thanks to my beloved family.

Have you ever cruised on the Thames? What did you think of it?

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