Remember I said that February was for fun? Well, I meant it and yesterday was a fun day out.
I went to Edinburgh and back in one day! I've just checked and that would be 550 miles by road but I went by rail. I've had the trip organised for a few weeks and have been looking forward to it SO MUCH.
For various complicated reasons I found myself with quite a bit of money in my Red Spotted Hanky account and I decided to fulfill a vague but long-held ambition to go on the East Coast Main Line north from Newark to Edinburgh.
The journey was marvellous. I was able to travel First Class and I can thoroughly recommend it. Soon after I boarded complementary breakfast was served. I had a British Rail breakfast when I was travelling to Gatwick to fly to Nigeria when I was twenty one and remembered it as really good and I can say that my memory was exactly right. Thick cut bacon, tasty sausage, perfectly fried egg, and all the rest, served on a good hot plate with lovely toast as well as lovely orange juice and coffee.
The early part of the journey was through fairly flat country because of course, the Victorian engineers who built the line would have taken it across the levellest route possible but further north they had no choice but to build cuttings and embankments, tunnels, viaducts and bridges.
I'll write some more tomorrow but for now, here's someone I met on my journey.