Monday, December 06, 2010

That went well contd.

Worried about my bulging suit-case I packed early in the morning squashing everything into a pulp; there were presents now to include. I managed to zip it up with its extra pleat let out. Later I found I had forgotten to include my fashion boots which I had brought for our dinner out, and then didn’t bother to change.

Even later when it was too late to do anything about it, I found, due to a last minute change of travel wear, I had left my new jacket in the wardrobe. I told me DIL not to bother to send it but to bring it in February when they visit. One thing I’ve noticed when the temperature drops one’s interest in fashion declines in favour of warm comfy clobber.

My DIL called out the taxi was here and I rose hastily and fell over an invisible table. Nothing damaged but my dignity. We left my case in the fashion shop where J works part-time and then met her 87 yr old Mother for lunch – the train wasn’t till 1.33pm. B is a game old girl but very deaf so we had a very shouty lunch and other customers seemed transfixed whilst B told us how she had managed her diabetes for 17 years but had a weakness for chewing chicken skin and pork scratchings.

We managed to persuade her not to come with us to the station – it was brass knob weather and bade her a fond good bye. I had been delaying spending a penny until the station and found to our utter disgust the loos were locked and also the waiting room. We huddled in a tiny shop and were handed leaflets to complain. Fortunately for us the shop was actually staying open till 2pm. I felt sorry for the pretty lady who popped her head round the door and said – with a lovely smile – she had to get to Kent.

J my DIL was an absolute brick, refusing to go until she had literally put me on the train. There didn’t seem any point in finding my reserved seat so I sat in one near the luggage. I had to change trains at Westbury and a youngish woman insisted on carrying my bag off and on the next train. I was so surprised – we hadn’t spoken and she had her own luggage. I told her I could lift it but she said it was dangerous with the gap. I must say when she helped me on the Taunton train I felt a bit weepy it was

so kind.

MTL and his daughter were there to meet me and I never stopped talking on the drive home. The house was beautifully warm, tea was quickly brewed and all was prepared for dinner. All the trains had been on time – congrats Great Western, and also for that spotless loo. I’m glad I made the effort, so thankful that it all went well and oh so glad to be home again

28 comments:

Queenie said...

So glad it went well. I have a touch of cabin fever after being snowed/iced in for the last week, so I've loved reading about your trip; great vicarious enjoyment. Thanks for the book recommendation, too.

R. Sherman said...

A successful trip, the jacket notwithstanding. You can always buy another one or have YTL give you a new one for Christmas.

Of course, that was probably your plan all along.

:)

Cheers.

lom said...

You did well with the trains and all this bad weather, nice to have you back

Pat said...

Queenie: hope you are keeping warm and fed and if you read it let me know what you think please. Nea recommended it and she's ace at picking them.

Randall : with my social life I really don't need another jacket. I only just picked it up this month in a closing down sale so haven't missed it. I'll try hard to think of something for Christmas though.

LOM: Fortune smiled:) I hope my comment got through today. I couldn't fine the right box.

Guyana-Gyal said...

Mmmm, vicarious pleasure is just as good as the real thing when I read your adventure.

I like B!!

That youngish woman who helped you was sweet, I hope you meet more like her and often.

Pat said...

GG: it made me think I must look older than I think I look;)
I wish I had had the chance to tell her what a thought of her but when I looked round after greeting MTL and daughter, she was gone.

Mary Witzl said...

You're braver than I am -- I went out to my yoga class today and was intimidated after a fifteen-minute walk. There's no way I'll be taking the train anywhere, and my fashion sense bit the dust even before the first snowfall. Fashion boots would have to entirely heel-less, with a tread like a truck tire for me to put them on.

It's lovely to meet kind people when you're on a trip -- it's one of the nicest things about traveling.

Pat said...

Mary: warm, comfy and safe is a mantra I now suscribe to. I'm sure you have much wilder weather elements to contend with.

lom said...

It did Pat thanks, comments are on the bottom of the posts, yours is on the one above.

Pat said...

Lom: maybe I'll get it right next time;)

sablonneuse said...

isn't it always the same, there's never enough room in the suitcase when you pack to go home?
So pleased your journey went well - especially in the winter weather.

Kim Ayres said...

Glad your travel wasn't discrupted by the weather. Scotland seems to have grinded to a halt.

Well, everywhere except the south-west where we are. Yes, there have been over night temperatures of -9, and an inch or 2 of snow, but nothing like elsewhere. The kids are a bit pissed off that their school shows no sign of closing.

Z said...

I know I blogged it over a year ago - but I've almost been reduced to tears at the kindness of people who have carried my suitcase for me, particularly the young woman who saw me struggling down as she was going up the stairs, went round the central barrier, came down and took the case from me and carried it, before climbing the stairs again and going on her way. There is so much kindness, especially in the young. And all of us here, of course!

Pat said...

Sandy: at least I didn't have airports to cope with and was always only a phone call from help. maybe I should stick to the summer months next time.

Kim: I'm glad you aren't suffering. I always think of you as near the sea or am I misremembering Dumfries? Tough luck on Rogan and Meg:)
I met Sophie - my son's step granddaughter. She's 15 months and they are worried ahe hasn't sat up yet but she was rolling around with great determination and I don't think she will be long. A dear little girl and she liked me;)

Pat said...

Z: there you are you see it is not such a rare occurrence and you could say that nice things happen to nice people but that would sound conceited:)

kenju said...

Pat, I'm glad to know that you had such a nice trip and that you experienced kindness along the way.

Pat said...

Judy: I was very lucky and I'm glad it wasn't this week as I'm lying low with a cold.

Guyana-Gyal said...

Oh no, not a cold. Feel better soon, Pat xoxo I hope YTL doesn't catch it. Stay warm, both of you, I'm sending some sunshine and warm, healing vibes your way ((())))

Maggie said...

Certainly an adventure, and what a kind lady to help it all end so well. I'm left with questions tho....what's "brass Knob weather?" What did you wear instead of the boots? Not a cold.

Pat said...

GG: I've moved to another bedroom and being ultra careful. Bad luck - I never get colds but Karen the gardener had one the other day. We'll be fine.

Maggie: brass knob weather - it's quite rude - something about cold enough to freeze the balls of a brass monkey.
Instead of boots I wore super comfy ankle walking boots which were partly hidden by smart black trousers. With thick socks. Warmth and comfort was all.

rosneath said...

so glad it went well and you are home safe and well, I was worried about with all the horror stories of snow and ice in the UK!

seems I can't post this because the picture verification thingy is not working - grr!

Pat said...

Rosneath: I expect you have shed loads of snow where you are. Don't forget our scrabble.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh, I bet you were glad to be home Pat...I know yoi had a lovely time, but it all does seem quite difficult---getting it all together, with packing and all. How sweet of the young lady to offer to carry your bags...Lovely, really, wasn't it?

Do stop by if you get a chance...I feel I am off the radar or something....(lol)

Pat said...

Naomi: I'm a bit under the weather, so lying low and everything takes me twice as long but I shall pop over right now.

rosneath said...

scrabble not licensed in USA and Canada so cannot do it but will be back!

Pat said...

Rosneath: I look forward to it:)

Nea said...

I was about to comment that freezing the bits off brass monkeys wasn't rude, but a naval term. I checked first, only to discover that it's an urban legend, and you are quite right, it's rude :)

Thank you, Wikipedia and Pat!

Pat said...

Nea: I think it is so important to get one's rude bits right:)