9th September 2019 by emmadurnford

9th September 2019

We collected Jane at 10.45 ready for her visit to Strawberry Hill House. I thought she may have slept in due to jet lag but it turns out that she got up early and walked into Richmond first thing - she has a lot more stamina than us on holiday!

After the lovely sunshine of yesterday it was quite grey and even rain fed at points during the last day. We picked up Jane at about 12.30 and she was blown away by the newly refurbished interior. We were headed to Richmond Park but she was determined to treat us to lunch at a traditional English pub and had already spotted the Roebuck on Richmond Hill which we have not visited before. We managed to park nearby and the pub was excellent - great beer (I knocked over the first half!) and sausages and mash. It really was a traditional pub with a friendly bar man and old interior.

Afterwards we drove onto the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park and then onto Pembroke Lodge for afternoon tea outside despite the weather, watched by 23 jackdaws. This is Colin and Jane and three massive scones, jam and clotted cream.

Afterwards we took Jane to Henrys Mound to show her the view through the telescope over a distance of ten miles towards St Paul’s Cathedral. I managed to get a photo through the telescope using my iPhone as well. Despite the rain it was still visible although the new tower block built behind the cathedral has seriously ruined the skyline.

We were all flagging at this point and felt so full after those massive scones that none of us could manage dinner later in the day!
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