Before I start todays blog, I did have a blog yesterday but it didn’t or wouldn’t email out 🙄….it was the video of the take off and first couple of minutes of my paraglide. So if anyone wants to see it, I also shared it on my Facebook page and on Twitter. I just hope todays goes out properly 🙄…..but back to yesterday…..
I know I’m lucky, fortunate enough to go to paradise every month. But it’s the only place I’m going at the mo. To think, it must be nearly 2 years since I was trundling every day on a train all across the country. Not sure I could do that now, or maybe it’s a case of not sure I want to 🤔……although never say never.
So yesterday morning the sun was shining as I stood at my window waiting for the taxi. I’d had to check the day before that I’d booked it, even though it was on my calendar, and sure enough, I had; must have done it earlier in the week 🙄
I arrived at the station in plenty of time and spotted that they’d planted wild flowers instead of bedding plants this year and rows of sunflowers. How lovely and cheerful it looked 😍
I’d been feeling anxious since waking as I heard of read talk of strike action and cancellations🙈 not what I wanted to hear. That’s probably why I immediately started taking photos….
But my first train was on time to Hull, as was the second train to Manchester – so far so good.
I was hoping the sun would be making the Humber glisten but sadly it was having a tea break as we chundled passed, but luckily it was out a little further down at Wressle
As we got to Leeds, lots of people got off but a bucketful also got on and it became standing room only…😳…..as we chundled over the Pennines we started to stop at places not on my list 🙈…..Slaithewaite which seemed to be pronounced Slarwit and Greenfield, both of which I’d never heard of 😳…..I looked nervously around, the train chocca and becoming more so at each station. I heard other people talking about Manchester Piccadilly, my destination, so I decided to close my eyes and ignore the unknown stops 🙄…..
We DID arrive at Manchester and the connecting time was quite tight, but I’d looked on my app for which platform I needed to head for and it had to be the one the furthest away 🙄…..crowds stood on the concourse as I weaved in and out and with a couple of minutes to spare I was on my train to the next stop, Lancaster.
I had quite a wait here, but it was a pleasant day so I sat outside with a cuppa tea just watching the world go by…..
Another packed train arrived, but I found a seat….I’d been waiting for something to go wrong on this journey, but amazingly it didn’t 😳….don’t know what I’d done to deserve that 🤣……..
We arrived in Penrith on time and I stood on the platform looking at their wonderful welcome for weary travellers like me
It’s such a friendly station, bit like the rest of Cumbria.
My bus arrived to take me to paradise and I sat on the top deck at the front and suddenly felt my body relax.
The sun was shining, and all was right in the world as we trundled along from village to village….before finally arriving in Pardise 😍…after a short walk from the bus station, Catherine there to meet me as I entered Appletrees I was in my room. After hugs and a chat, I put the kettle on, settled in my chair and simply sat …..in my favourite place, in my favourite room, with my favourite view looking stunning…..