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A grocer being transformed into a pub? Rare for the conversion to be going in that direction. Lucky GX!
I was going to comment on the same thing - a hopeful sign!
When I said "pub", I meant "a welcoming pub and restaurant in the heart of Gerrards Cross serving a Mediterranean inspired menu using only the freshest ingredients from morning to night". So probably not what you were thinking.
The Chilterns generally are one of the Home Counties sometimes-unappreciated gems.

While it is just possible that posts yesterday and today do not refer to the same journey, I would be interested to know if some of yesterday's time-table experts can map one onto the other.
If you'd stuck to the main road between GX and CStP you might have noticed that quite a few of the big houses have been replaced by small blocks of flats, each surrounded by iron railings and an automatic gate, rather than the welcoming gateway (or wooden gate at most) and sweeping drive of the former house. Makes Packhorse Road seem quite intimidating to walk along as you literally feel fenced in.
Presumably it was the tops of the convertibles that were down, not the tops of the GX drivers (of said convertibles). Which would be a distinctive local quirk, to be sure.
Wow, when you photographed the shops on the corner of Vale Road, CSP we were only metres apart. Perhaps we even passed each exciting!
It's a pleasant and fairly rural walk north from Chalfont St Peter to Chalfont St Giles.

Indeed CSG is a nicer place, but even further from the station.
How pretty, and such a gorgeous day.
Seeing Red Kites in Bucks is completely normal now!
Londonist did an informal poll/map of how widespread they are around London now.
Gerrards Cross! My home town from 1958-1973, and my parents lived there for ten more years afterwards. I walked across the various commons many times, and saw Margaret Rutherford in the Westminster Bank on several occasions. The main road through the town, Packhorse Road, used to house more mundane shops - butchers, bakers, drapers and even a Woolworths - than it does now. The memorial hall you depict once housed the library, which later moved to custom-built premises in Chalfont St Peter.

We lived in one of the houses built in the first expansion of the town in Edwardian times and the house opposite was indeed called Beechwood. At the end of my time there, I was a postman for several months. Being young and middle class I was allocated a round at the far end of the postal district, a 20 minute cycle ride from Packhorse Road to the far end of Chalfont St Peter, and with the unnumbered streets had to memorise long lists of house names in order to complete my deliveries efficiently.
A red kite circling in the sky is now very much the most normal bird to be seen flying above many a Home Counties town.
They've reached ubiquity in mid-Herts.
I have friends who live on Gerrards Cross. They don't live in a semi but don't have a convertible. Apparently getting your children into the local primary school is difficult because it's a good school so people move there for a year, get the first born child in, then move out of the catchment area. And then get the other offspring in.
The River Misbourne is a perch stream and can disappear for years at a time. You would have been really fortunate to see it in anything other than a dry state.
Malcolm - it says this trip to Gerrards Cross was 'yesterday', so the posts yesterday and today clearly cannot refer to the same journey.
Chalfont St Peter known to me as the base for the Epilepsy Society, both as the base for the charity and their research, and also residential care for patients with very severe epilepsy.
But is there a cross in GX? Or was Gerrard simply angry about Tesco?
Gareth - the Misbourne (literally "missing river" has tended to not do its usual drying up in recent years as they manage it so that there's water in it (even pumping it in if needed).

And certainly it currently is flowing without issue at Amersham.

Local talk is that HS2 is to blame for the dry river at CSP. And last years' flooded fields between CSG and Amersham. And pretty much any woe in the area that can be pinned on them.

I don't know enough about the mystery of the missing Misbourne to pin it on HS2, or dismiss it as just blaming the boogeyman. It could be either. It is, however, something strange rather than a natural disappearance.
Local talk is indeed that everything is the fault of HS2. The Misbourne has dried up on and off since before HS2 was even thought of.

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