Hello! For a change this afternoon David and I decided to go for a little stroll around Maidenhead after lunch. Maidenhead is about 6 miles from Windsor. It’s currently a town in transition, with not many of the locals liking the changes.
One part of the new development I do like is the canal area and walks along the same. I hadn’t walked along here before, and it was very nice. We started off by parking for free at Stafferton Way outside Homebase and Halfords. The Green Way canalside walk starts just to the left of Lidl’s. There are various walks signposted such as Braywick Park, Cookham, Bray etc. Eg. It takes 20 minutes to walk to Bray from here. We did a little circular route navigated by David, who used to work in Maidenhead, and still does voluntary work here.
They are all set up for boats, yet there are no boats. I’m not sure why really.
Post office delivery office in the background.
Interesting building, I think this is part of the Council offices.
Maidenhead clock tower. This was built for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and stands just outside the railway station, where they are doing a lot of work, like in the rest of the town.
Maidenhead will be a Crossrail station with direct trains right across London’s West End to Canary Wharf and The City as well as on to Essex. I wonder if there will be any commuters left? How times have changed since this project was started.
The railway bridge.
Inside the same.
Don’t forget to get a vaccine!
We passed many young people queuing patiently for their vaccine. Us oldies have already had ours some time ago.
Some of the ugly new flats in Maidenhead town centre, nicknamed “Maidenhead Prison” by the locals. Prices start from £295,000 for a 1 bedroom flat. Maybe they’re better on the inside???
My favourite place in town.. the Odeon cinema. I have spent many many a happy evening here lost in a film. I have seen 3 films here recently, with my cinema-going friends: Off the Rails, Jungle Cruise, The Last letter from your Lover. I enjoyed all of these, but the children’s film “Jungle Cruise” with Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson was probably the best of the three. I’m loving the big reclining seats which means each screen has a limited capacity; great in these Covid times.
The Maidenhead Heritage Centre, scene of David’s voluntary work. He really enjoys teaching visitors how to use the Spitfire Flight Simulator. There’s a very interesting exhibition about the Air Transport Auxiliary in World War II including the awe-inspiring female pilots who delivered multiple different aircraft all over the UK and abroad, often with very little training.
Before I leave you for today, I promised to show you what I made with this giant homegrown courgette gifted from a friend.
And here it is, prawn and courgette curry.
This was tasty, but not as good as the previous marrow curry I made which had more sauce.. the recipe I have unfortunately mislaid. It is, however, a good way of using up marrow/courgette which can be quite watery/bland but it’s great at absorbing spices and is a cunning way of getting my husband to enjoy eating some vegetables.
Off to water the plants now. Au revoir Wafflers! X