Yesterday saw me at Bradford University for a meeting of the Steering group for this piece of research. We usually meet in Sheffield but today we were at my favourite uni of Bradford.
My area of Humber are part of this project so it’s always interesting to hear how things are ticking along as obviously I can’t take part.
It was the most gorgeous day and due to the meeting being in the afternoon I was able to walk from the village instead of having to rely on a taxi.
I expected the train to be hot but the one to Leeds was lovely and cool.
However………as many of you know, if there’s a problem on a train, I’m usually on it…..and today was no exception. We were trundling along fine until we reached the outskirts of Leeds……..and then we came to a halt. Signal problems so someone had been sent to check them😳😩
So instead of having 15 minutes to change I had 3 minutes🙄. Luckily I knew vaguely where it usually goes from so guess work paid off and the guard let me on before closing the doors🙃 and then we sat………and waited……….the we had a guard who announced that :
“Apologies for the delay but we’re currently waiting for a member of staff to arrive…….who happens to be the driver………..🙄”
People then started to get off and stand on the next platform so I also got off and asked a smiley person if they were waiting for a train to Bradford and so I joined the masses of 2 trains worth of people who were waiting for the next train.
So instead of a leisurely walk I was on a mission but still had a chance to take a couple of nice photos of the city square
I arrived to find extra security on the door of the department asking you to ring a number to get in😳 panic, as I don’t use the phone. But luckily it was the building I knew and had visited many times before and someone came out and allowed me in to reception and luckily someone had just arrived to find me – phew!
Everyone had already arrived and Gail Mountain, Chief Investigator, sorted me with a cuppa and lunch was also waiting.
Catherine Hewitt, from York Uni, was the chair and kept us on track marvellously.
It was fascinating to hear about the challenges faced in a project and hear analysts talk about their side of the study and seeing all the charts and data. I was actually one who spotted an error in the numbers – only because it wasn’t logical, I hasten to add😊
The journey back to the station was nice in the sunshine, and the train to Leeds was waiting – so far so good. But that’s when the pleasant day turned into a bit of a nightmare………train jinx struck well and truly this time.
I had ages before my train and initially it said ‘on time’, quite comfortingly……..then as the time got closer, it changed to ‘Delayed’. Lots of other trains were delayed as well😳.
No one knew what was going on and one person behind a desk said it hadn’t even left Manchester yet😩. I facetimed Gemma, as she was due to pick me up and said it was in a pickle at the mo and wait for me to txt.
Then the sign suddenly changed to being due at 18.03 – ok, I thought, I can cope as long as it says a time…….wrong…….18.03 came and then it suddenly disappeared off the board altogether 😱 It then reappeared and said ‘Delayed’
I now didn’t know what to do, brain in shut down. Facetimed Gemma and she calmly said, ‘Can you get to Doncaster’? – (trains run to Brough from Doncaster). Yes I could see a train was due and jumped on it. Thank goodness Gemma was around to answer her phone and she could think of a plan B for me.
I went through places I’d never been before but I was so relieved when we got to Doncaster. I then had a short wait for the train to take me to Brough where Gemma would be waiting😍
It was so nice to pass the familiar windmills…
However….🙄 the nightmare journey continued as when we got to Goole, the guard announced;
“Apologies for the delay but the Goole bridge is stuck open, so for now we’re stuck at Goole”🤕
Luckily they mended said bridge and we wended our weary way…
I finally got home about 8.30…….we finished in Bradford at 4😮 ……..Very thirsty, the first thing I did was make a cuppa…….everything seems fine with a cuppa tea.
Thank goodness I’m not travelling anywhere on a train tomorrow…..
“Journeying through Dementia is a large-scale research study that aims to find out whether attending a 12-week community programme has a positive impact on the quality of life for people who are living with the early stages of dementia.”
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