Another gorgeous day here in the UK! Pete & I trekked to Goring, a small town outside of Reading to visit a cousin of my mom’s, Andrew – his grandfather was my great-grandmother’s brother. I had met him last year when my mom was visiting. They live in a super cute little town. They (him & his wife Karen) met us at the train station and we walked to one of the local pubs where Andrew was playing in a “picking” session. We soon learned this is a group of men & women playing banjos, fiddles, & guitars and singing American/English/Irish folk music. We had a light lunch there while enjoying the music. From the pub we walked along the river to their house, passing George Michael‘s house (bottom right picture). Like I said, really cute town.Andrew & Karen are minority owners of a local brewery so they brought us to “the” local pub that serves their beer & then to the brewery.
The picture below is their home. haha just kidding. It’s actually an estate where parts of Pride and Prejudice were filmed. The entire area surrounding where they live is beautiful countryside.
After our Sunday drive we went back to their home (actual pictured below) and Karen cooked us a lovely dinner. It was really nice spending time with them. Really nice people. We had a really nice day. I think it was the first time Pete or I had been to a town outside of London that wasn’t a “destination”. Great to see what good old British countryside looks like. It actually kind of reminded me of Maine.