We have a new grand-daughter, Salma, born 1st February 2016.
Salma lives in Windsor, with parents, Gary and Susana, and older brother Gabriel.
For some reason, there is a lack of campsites in the immediate area around Windsor.
At this time of year (February) in the UK, we would not consider anywhere without EHU, no point in freezing!
I do find two small, CL type sites, (Newtonside Orchard Campsite, Old Windsor) including one which Gary had also noticed, very close to where they live (Queens Acre Caravan Site, a C&CC Certified Site).
Unfortunately, both were full, even the "full size" C&CC site at Chertsey is showing on the website as being fully booked.
Fortunately, we do manage to get in there.
The perils of half-term!
The journey South is uneventful, and reasonably pleasant, except for the interminable roadworks and speed restrictions on the M1.
Monday 15th February 2016
A bitterly cold day, with heavy frost in the morning.
It is quite possible to take the bus to Windsor, from Chertsey, but, Gary and Gabriel come in the car to give us a lift, which is very thoughtful and kind of them.
The day is spent admiring, nursing and generally fussing over the new arrival, Salma, and, why not indeed, she is a little beauty.
Tuesday 16th February 2016
A visit to the Royal Horticultural Societies Gardens at Wisley, with Gary and Gabriel.
Plenty of things to keep Gabriel amused, especially throwing stones onto the ice of the many ornamental ponds.
For the "grown-ups" a very pleasant lunch.
We do actually have a shrub similar to this one in our garden at home, I do hope it does not grow as large as this one!
At this time of year, when it is cold outside, and, most plants are not at their best, the moth and butterfly house is a warm attraction.
Kathleen given the choice between walking in a cold garden and overcoming her dislike of moths to walk in
the tropical warmth of the moth and butterfly house, chose the latter!
Wednesday 17th February 2016
We make the journey to Windsor by bus, and meet up with Gary, Susana, Gabriel and Salma.
Salma is off to have her passport photograph taken, at only 17 days old. She is clearly destined to be a globe trotter, like the well travelled Gabriel
We head off to visit Windsor Castle, with Gabriel.
No photographs are allowed inside, although how they enforce this rule in this age of mobile phones with cameras, is anyone's guess.
Gabriel is impressed with the numerous exhibits of swords, guns, various other weapons and suits of armour, but, not so interested in the rooms and rooms of portraits and antique furniture.
After a pleasant meal back at Gary and Susana's, we head back to Chertsey on the bus.
As is often the case, we find that travelling in a strange area, in the dark, has it's pit falls. At Staines, we are too late to spot the bus-stop we should get off at to catch the connecting bus to Chertsey. Not too much of a hardship, we travel on to Staines bus-station so, no harm done.
Thursday 18th February 2016
Dry and cold today, another bus ride to Windsor, to spend our final day of this visit with Gabriel and Salma (Gary, Susana and Susana's mother will be there too of course!).
Friday 19th February 2016
A pleasant drive home, subject only to the inevitable roadworks on the M1.