Fortunately we had landed on W’s Fish Friday and it was only a six minute walk into the town centre. En-route we strolled around the West Berkshire Museum occupying the former old Cloth Hall and Granary. I particularly liked this delicate sampler stitched by Eliza White in 1827. The object on the right was a Coccolithophorid (whatever that is)under an electron scanning microscope,. Forms a lovely pattern though doesn’t it? The exhibits were displayed nicely but there didn’t seem to be many of them.
After an excellent lunch we all went our separate ways to explore the town. I went to see the stained glass in the church, there was plenty to see and the colours were beautiful. There was a security guard on the door because an orchestra was practicing ready for an evening concert there. However he said I could enter if I was quiet. So, I crept around and only sneaked this tiny detail from one window. Griffin’s Family Butchers was established here in 1856 selling Poultry, Pork, Bacon and speciality Sausages, luvly jubbly!
As my old camera had taken a dunking and the lens hadn’t dried out, the Cabin Boy took me to John Lewis to buy another Cannon, but with the latest power shot 30Xoptical zoom perfick. Then surprise, surprise we tried the other Wetherspoon’s in town! Gary couldn’t resist trying out my new camera and now he wants one, and in red too. Carolyn and I perused the shops in the afternoon while the boys went back to the boats. Gary now has his new camera and Carolyn needed some new walking boots. So all in all Newbury benefitted quite substantially moneywise by providing some decent moorings with rings for us boaters to use. It was just a lovely sunny warm day when we had tea over at the Wharf Tea Room before returning over the bridge.