Saturday, 31 August 2013

30th August - Surprise 40th Birthday trip!

Well 2 days have past by and lots has happened. Zac and Xanthe's Mum was 40 on 29th and we surprised her by going up to nr Taplow where she and her family were spending the day at Clivedon NT. My son had planned a afternoon river trip on the Thames with afternoon tea for the 11 of us on the 100yr old boat. It was a long journey for us via M25 /M4 but well worth it to have such a lovely day weather wise and with the right company too!!
Sorry to have so many of the day
This is an aerial photo of Clivedon and the river Thames, there are many  woodland walks. A courtesy car took us from the house (which is now a hotel) to the river, a 5 min drive!
The house has a very long and interesting history. The Astors lived there and it was the scene of the weekends away for Christine Keeler and Stephen Ward in the Profumo affair!!

There were some slides and a maze in the grounds which the children loved and spent a long time at! Just love Zac's face in this photo!!
A B&W photo of us waiting for the courtsey car at the hotel/house
 Me in colour waiting on the steps of the hotel
Some of the family waiting too

The car arrives Perdita still doesn't know what we are doing!
This was our boat for 2 hrs with the first group of our party having a little trip without the rest of us!
 Tea is served
 by a very young waiter!!
Food is served
 Scone for madam?
 and more food

 one tired young lady asleep!


  1. How lovely to organize such a beautiful surprise ! xxx

  2. great photos, looks like you all had a lovely time.

  3. It looks like you all had a great time. What a lovely idea for a birthday party.

  4. What a wonderful day everyone had. I too love the picture of Zac. It looks like he is willing himself to go faster and faster. The pictures of the castle and grounds are beautiful. The boat looks as though it just slowly glides across the water. Yummy looking food as well.