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When Margaret organised another fine day out to Loseley House and gardens near Guildford,  followed by a wonderfully relaxing trip on a horse-drawn barge from Godalming and along the Wey navigation all that was needed was a summers day.  

The staff at the house made us welcome with tea and coffee and some very pleasant chocolate brownies.  After a break we went off into the gardens to wonder at the artistry of garden layouts which might well go back into history.  The family who own Loseley House have been there for some 500 years,   and three generations still live in the beautiful building.

After wandering in the magnificent grounds we embarked once more on the coach for Janet to drive us over to Godalming.   We were soon there,  and intrigued to find the good ship 'Iona'  waiting to take us on a trip up the canal and back.

'Iona'  is a 72ft  horse-drawn barge,  such as carried cargoes of all descriptions to and from the wharves of Godalming in the nineteenth century.  The skipper was at pains to assure us that the horse did not have to labour at her end of the towrope as the 35 ton barge could even be moved by his own young daughter - especially, it seemed,  if she had been playing-up.


DIDN'T WE HAVE A LUVVERLY DAY........


The Guildford Trip in Pictures

During our two-hour barge trip we were served with cream teas,  which made up for the fact that Margaret did not suddenly provide amazing catering for us all,  although she could not resist providing 'nibbles'  for everyone during the journey from Herne Bay.   

See you on the next trip  !!

As I write it has been three days since the trip and several people have said how much they enjoyed the day out.  I'm sure we all did,  and we offer thanks to Margaret and Martin for organising another ' luvverly day '.