I may have mentioned my family are going on holiday to London. 🏴 We are visiting a lovely family member whom we haven’t seen since before the first lockdown.
🐕 This morning we packed our bags, took the dog to our friend’s house, then headed into town on the bus for some lunch as we “had plenty of time to spare”. Or so I thought…
📌 Whilst walking to the train station, realisation dawned on me. The train tickets were still proudly pegged to the notice board were I left them.
😥 We went to the ticket office, waited frantically in the queue only to be told “no tickets no travel”. I had the booking reference, the seat numbers even the credit card I paid on but the answer was still no.
😭 I was given the number for Northern Railway who I’d booked with, I called them and was passed from person to person, I was told I could rebook for the sum of £280 pp. I had originally paid less than £100 for all 3 tickets. We don’t have that kind of money. I looked at my little boys excited face and burst out crying. I’d ruined his holiday.
🧍♀️Just when all hope was lost, a lady from the ticket office came out. She told me if I could get the original tickets she would book us onto the next train.
🚕 I left my husband and son at the ticket office and hopped in the station taxis. I explained to the driver and amazingly he drove like a madman to my house (not something I’d normally encourage but on this occasion I was so grateful 🙏).
🎟 Returned triumphantly waving the tickets. Joyce the ticket officer true to her word put us on the next train. Although she’ll never see this, I can’t thank her enough for saving my little boys holiday. Your kindness has meant the world to us. ❤❤❤
I tend to doodle. When I’m in meetings. When I’m on the phone. I regularly find myself creating a miniature masterpiece on the corner of the page. 😂
Today I came across this great historic doodle task, so thought I’d share:
Do you doodle?
Life is almost always pretty hectic around here. This weekend I’ve taken a little bit of downtime to spend time with my little guy. We’ve wandered the forest, done lots of digging at our allotment and today we’ve been to the local theatre.
Treasuring these family moments. The news is showing us exactly how scary a world it is out there.
Take a moment to hug your loved ones just that little bit tighter.
Stay safe everyone. 🙏
Seems this weeks #writephoto prompt might not be appearing in readers so just doing a quick reblog.
Welcome to the weekly #writephoto prompt!
They say the journey, not the arrival is what matters.
Where does the bridge go to/come from?
For visually challenged writers, the image shows a two-arched stone bridge stretching over a river. Traffic queues at one side waiting to cross.
The regulars already know this bit, but for those that don’t:
- EachThursdayatNoon GMTI will post the #writephoto prompt
- Use the image and prompt as inspiration to create a post on your own blog… poetry, prose, humour… light or dark, whatever you choose, as long as it is fairly family-friendly.
- Please have your entries linked back to the original prompt post by the followingTuesdayatNoon GMT.
- Link back to this postwith a pingback (Hugh has an excellenttutorial here) and/orleave a linkin…
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Whatever the weather, we’re in this together.
Whatever the rain, don’t take the blame.
Whatever the sun, we will move on.
Whatever the snow, just let it go.
We’ve had a really interesting week of weather here in the UK (bearing in mind the weather is always interesting to us Brits, lol). Here are a few funnies, I’ve collected from the week:
An eclectic entry, originally written for Linda’s Stream of consciousness Saturday
Use the word “whatever” any way you’d like. Bonus points if you start your post with it. Have fun!
I already wrote quite a soppy post a few days ago on what it means to feel loved. But one of the things my OH and I love to do most is to laugh together (despite having quite different senses of humour). So, I’ve gathered together a few funnies. Enjoy.
If Mum’s made candy hearts…
Advice on dating a twin…
Choosing the right gift is always difficult…
It’s important to take turns…
Doing things together can be fun…
And if you’re single, don’t worry about it…
Whatever you do, I hope you have fun.
Got a little time on your hands this drizzly Sunday afternoon? If so, please pop over to Marsha’s story chat. She has kindly featured one of my stories this month. It’s a genre I am not used to writing in but a story I very much enjoyed and think has possibilities for expansion. I’d love to know what you think?
Can you believe Story Chat is one-third of the way through its year which starts each October? We met Hugh Roberts started this year with a spooky Halloween story, “Puddles.” Doug Jacquier broached the tough subject of PTSD after WWII in his story “Brooching the Subject.” Cathy Cade, wrote us a delightful heartwarming Christmas story, “On the Streets.”Geoff LePard started the new year off right with “When Gratitude Is Hard to Come By”
Now KL Caley, of New2Writing and hostess of Write Photo, is coming to shake us up a bit when her tea warns her to be cautious. As we approach the day of romance, I wondered if there might be a hint of romance in this cautionary tale. What do you think?
Authors say that your Story Chat comments make a difference in their writing. Grab your favorite Valentine hearts, a…
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For Bloganuary #2 it asks – What is a road trip you would love to take?
I would like to do the North Coast 500 in Scotland. I have visited Inverness a few years ago but I took unwell so the trip was cut short. In these Covid times, I think keeping travel closer to home is probably still advisable for the near future.
I love to travel and to be honest, I am never too bothered by the destination.
I have stayed in a beautiful boutique hotel with a stunning rooftop terrace where you could sip cocktails whilst admiring the Parthenon. I have stayed in a rather dodgy hotel in Malta which absolutely stank of smoke and in which I spent a good hour disinfecting the room from top to bottom as it just didn’t feel clean. I’ve spent a freezing cold winter weekend in Scotland in a Caravan with the wind blowing through the closed windows (it seemed a good idea at the time of booking).
I could go on, but you probably get the gist. The thing is, I have loved all of those trips. They all have fantastic memories for me and the bits that went a bit wrong, well, they tend to make funny stories to tell friends. I am just happy with any opportunity to go somewhere I haven’t been before or to see something I haven’t seen before.
Medicine is today’s FOWC. I was trying to figure out how to tie that in with travel when I came across this quote:
Reportedly, women who vacation twice a year are substantially less likely to suffer a heart attack than women who travel only once every few years. Men who skip an annual vacation are at a 20% higher risk of death overall, and that jumps to a 30% higher chance of dying from heart disease.– https://www.sanditz.com/blog/6-reasons-why-travel-is-the-best-medicine
Another, long-term study revealed that women in their middle years who travel more have less likelihood of having heart problems 20 years later, and the same study found travel also helped with blood pressure.
Not sure of the sources of these studies, but if it means we can justify more trips, I am happy with that. What would be your dream trip? Road or otherwise?