Yesterday’s journey from Cragwood to Andrew’s house went relatively smoothly apart from one train connection being cancelled.
We caught the bus from Cragwood to Windermere on time but found the short train connection to Oxenholme, where our booked train tickets started, wasn’t running due to lack of staff. Luke tried to talk to the station manager behind the counter but he was on the phone and ignored us then went into his back office and shut the door.
Thankfully there was a taxi waiting outside so we jumped in and heard all about how incompetent the guy running the train station was. Apparently he leaves the station during his shifts to run personal errands and is really rude to customers all the time but there’s no one else to do the job so he just gets away with it.
We got to Oxenholme with time to spare and had some breakfast. I managed to drop a large chunk of my pie on my freshly laundered trousers.
We had to change at Preston then again at Birmingham but both other trains were on time.
Andrew met us at the station in his new (well, new to us) car. It has more buttons than any other car I’ve ever been in.
We went back to his new (to us) place in Fenstanton and said hi to his wife, Lila, and met his corgi, Winston!
After a cup of tea and tour of the house we walked to Fendrayton, the next village over and the site of a mini beer festival in the local pub.
I couldn’t help reflecting on the fact that we’d gone from the most rugged landscape in England to the most flat. Cambridgeshire is fens, land that has been largely reclaimed from wetlands. It makes cycling a dream but views aren’t precisely what you’d call inspiring.
There were lots of people but a couple of free tables.
We sat for a while and listened to the band, who had at least two singers but neither could hold a tune. It wasn’t bad background music though and wasn’t too loud, which is the most important thing!
I woke up this morning to find the latest Betoota Advocate headline was about me!