We wandered down to the Angler’s Retreat for the usual Sunday pub lunch. It appears I may have got the spelling wrong with the name of the adjacent reservoir. Yesterday I wrote Startopsend which is how it was written on the map. In the pub it was written Startops End and further down the lane Star Tops End. I was expecting the pub to be packed with diners but there were plenty of vacant tables when we arrived. The friendly lady serving behind the bar mentioned she was an ‘Upper Class Australian’.
Oh, a fellow Kiwi! To top it off she came from Palmerston North, which just happens to be where I was born. We decided against the soup of the day. Photo below explains why.
It appeared we were lucky with our arrival time because the pub started to rapidly fill with boaters, anglers and walkers. We both chose the roast pork which arrived very quickly. It may not have been the cheapest roast we’ve eaten, but it was certainly the largest to date. It will be a light meal tonight!
10 different types of vegetables to go with the pork and yorkshire pudding. My single criticism would be there was too much gravy and it was too thin. I like my gravy thick. Both of us couldn’t help but notice the young man in the corner who was devouring a plate of yorkshire puddings (10) topped with gravy. No meat and no vege!
Back on Waiouru out of the cold and it was time to do some administration. Jan updated the finances whilst I did some maintenance on the diesel Refleks stove. I then spent a good hour attempting to transfer the two pub photos from the phone to the laptop using the usb cable. Eventually I realised a setting needed to be changed in the phone.
Ade left a comment on yesterday’s post regarding the round brick structure we had seen in the field beside Marsworth Lock 38.
His research indicates it is the ventilation shaft for a drainage culvert which ran from the railway cutting on the other side of the hill to the canal. It subsequently collapsed and the structure has fallen into disuse. I assume the railway would have been happy to dispose of the water and the canal company happy to accept it.