Walton-on-Thames, UK

February 14, 2003
Weather: high of about 50ºF and partly cloudy
Dad and Peggy's anniversary

We're feeling pretty grateful about now that we decided to arrange our travel destinations to get easier instead of harder. The clean, wide sidewalks and ubiquitous plumbing are incredibly comforting. Our short time in London is spent with friends visiting parks and having good meals. (We whip up a pretty good Thai meal for dinner one night even though we can't find galanga root and kaffir leaf in the grocery.) Most important of all, this is where we see Two Towers for the first time. We warm up by seeing the Extended DVD of Fellowship of the Ring just before.

We feed the swans on the Thames just a short walk from the house we are staying in. It is a little difficult to capture on film just how monstrously huge the swans are.
Jamie puts on a brave face, but those swans are big and there are a lot of them and Jamie's hat looks a little like a piece of bread.
The local pub.
On one outing, we visit Wisley Garden of the Royal Horticulture Society. It is a lovely public park that is very busy despite the chilly temperatures and occasionally bitter winds.
Another bit of Wisley.
We also spend some time one evening buying better cold weather clothes for our springtime visit to Europe.

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