...but the Thames had already made its own plans...and came flooding up over the towpath and harbour at Richmond to greet us.
It had retreated with the evening tide, but for this walk, organised with Fr Nicholas Schofield for his parishioners at St Michael's church, Uxbridge, we decided to be prudent and contented ourselves with St Elizabeth's 18th century church, the Tudor palace, a riverside walk to the White Cross, tales of Henry VIII and the old friary, and a bus ride to Ham where we finished at Cardinal Newman's childhood home. The rain fell in torrents! We were all drenched, despite brollies and rainwear...and it was a simply wonderful evening! The laughter and the fun, the sense of solidarity, and the real delight of it all - and its absurdity - made it all a delight.
Just occasionally - and often it is exactly when you need it - there comes an unexpected joy, and a time of absurd enjoyment. This was one such....I arrived home soaked and the pleasure of a big mug of tea. It all felt gloriously British and I loved every moment.
Come and share in your own adventure on a Catholic History Walk!