The ex-Walkerites met at John and Carol’s for a late lunch, Chicken liver pate, cheese stuffed Pepperdews, followed by BBQed turkey and rounded off with Bread & Butter pudding . For the record there were, John & Carol, Steve & Rosemary, Peter & Janet, Chris & Ann, Nigel & Barbara, Robin & Tessa plus Stuart & Greta. Goodness, not even Christmas yet & already feeling full!
Last year, I met up with a few ex Walker people at the Kings Head in Aylesbury. Brian V had just recently retired and was having a leaving drink for those who worked, or were still working, in the Aylesbury office (now closed.) This photograph came to light from the original Walker Inventory Management team. Chris, Glyn, Jean (later to become Mrs Glyn), Brian V himself, Tina and Tessa.
Linda, Rosemary and I set off for a cycle ride, cycles prepared, seat lowered for Rosemary, and tyres pumped up and off we set. Three hundred yards down the road there was an explosion like a gun, Linda was horrified the neighbour was out shooting rabbits. Nope, it was the inner tube of Rosemary’s bike bursting. Quick walk back to the house and left Rosemary behind, and off we went again. Did a quick circuit along the dykes and through the fields. Little wildlife to be seen. One escaping bull calf, and a dead Coypu on a bridge.
Back at the ranch lunch was prepared and then we were off to Surgeres. Surgeres is apparently the centre of the dairy industry of the region. Even butter labelled Surgeres can be found in the supermarket. There is an citadel in the centre, but little remains other than part of the fortified wall, a church and a tower. We took an English guide leaflet from the tourist office. This leaflet provided much light entertainment and brain exercise, but we discovered Surgeres was the centre of the diary industry. We suggested Mike and Linda set up a tourist guide translation company. A beer at a local cafe, where the waitress was a Brit heading back home to start her University course at Cardiff.
Some supper shopping and then home for wine, and some manual labour podding Linda’s white bean harvest. This continued while the pizza dough base rose Finished the evening making and consuming pizza and red wine. while reminiscing on the long lost colleagues from the Walker era.
Rosemary and I went out to see John Curd on a special surprise visit organised by Carol to commiserate his 50th birthday. Many of the old Walker crowd were there to drink to his health. He had been expecting to go out for a curry, but instead we had a brought in curry organised by the New Himalaya Tandoori house.