Reading is about 30 miles west of London. A large hub town, it connects to London in the east, Wales in the west and Scotland in the north. The south coast is about 60 miles away. We moved here in 1982 when Dad’s job changed. And it’s here we still are. I met my husband here; we’re raising our family here. We actually got engaged in the ruins of the Abbey. Well, he gave me the ring there. He actually proposed in a side room in the Royal Berkshire Hospital, on one knee with a rose between his teeth. The Abbey was slightly more picturesque!
Built in 1121 by King Henry I, it made Reading one of the important towns of medieval England. The Kennet and Avon connected it to the west and the River Thames to the east. Henry I is buried in the Abbey, which was destroyed during Henry VIII dissolution of the monasteries.
So what’s life in England like? Cold, wet, foggy. We can have all four seasons in one day. And as Easter proved, it can be very destructive. The storm on Easter Sunday, not only prevented planes from landing, it brought down 3 stories of scaffolding half a mile from here, and left my brick wall at a very precarious angle.
Our buses are multicoloured. Depending which part of town you want to get to, depends what colour bus you need. We catch orange ones. My parents need a claret one. Though not a particularly cheap method of travel, buses are by far the most convenient when your other half uses the car to get to work. OK, that’s a purple bus not an orange one, but I didn’t have a photo of an orange bus.
Rather than elect the man, we elect the party to run the government. So, sometimes our PM can change without a general election. Sometimes that’s a good thing. Sometimes it isn’t.
Tea should be hot, with milk or lemon, and not just with scones, jam and cream at 4pm. Half day closing on Wed and all day closing on Sunday are now a thing of the past unfortunately, although I remember them.
Sam Reece doesn’t need the added complication of working with the husband who abandoned her a decade ago. She’s tried hard to put her failed marriage behind her, going back to her maiden name even though they never got divorced. The situation is bad enough as it is, but it seems Adam is the only person who can help.
Can they ever move past the tragedy of the past or will its long shadow prevent them ever working together?