Arriving in good time for the Thames Valley regional lunch, there was time for a brief exploration of the National Trust woods in Ashridge Park where – on February 28th – every tree was utterly bare of leaves.
Finding the “Water of Life” memorial to Lady Marian Alford completely dry, it was time to hasten across the road to The Bridgewater Arms to purchase a pint and join members and friends of the Region.
Once we were seated signed menus were soon circulating – one of good wishes to Ken Rogers’ wife who was in hospital and another to Colin Roberts, who was very much with us – and celebrating 60 years membership of the Tricycle Association.
After an excellent and almost over-generous meal Regional Chairman Bernard Lamb welcomed the visitors and Ferg Muir, from the East, proposed the Toast to the Region.
There was then time to talk to old friends and new before venturing outside, where the sun was threatening to make an appearance.
The ride to Hemel Hempstead on the first stage of the return journey was a joy – downhill, downwind and with a silver-gilt sun illuminating the view of Gaddesden Place and its park, overlooking the valley of the River Gade.