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The Weary Traveller

I don’t know if this is a result of the Pandemic, but I am not enjoying travel anywhere near as much as I used to. I have only been away from my littles nest for two days and I miss it already.

I love my relatives of course, but there is nothing like having your own little space…and perhaps the whole STAY AT HOME saga made me more attached to my sweet abode.

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Maybe I am just still very tired after the overnight journey on Friday, and all I really want to do is sleep…and recover…and rest.

One More Sleep To Go!

I have to head off to work now…and then after today,, I have just one more sleep in my bed before another day at work and what may turn out to be a rather epic trek across the UK.

I have been trying to finish my packing…I am such a rubbish packer! And it is now sinking in that I am going to escape for a while and have chance to see so many people I love.

I hope that today goes quickly!

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Nobody’s Doing The Loco Motion

I was looking for a Pexels image of a train…and I found this one – and although this is not at all a true portrayal of the typical commuter’s journey to the office – I just thought it was a gorgeous picture.

Why am I talking about trains? If you live in the UK, you probably know why. But I am not really talking about trains…more about what this week means for all those who really find it frustrating that senior managers want their staff back in the office. A wonderful excuse to work from home – whoop whoop!!

Basically…it seems pretty obvious that there are many people who want to work from home (and I know that is not everyone). I want to work from home. My colleagues clearly want to work from home. A day in the office is a day of misery – that is clear. Yet senior managers want to keep their staff miserable.

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During a time when people are worried about the cost of living – having to lose time and money to travelling to work….when everyone now knows how easy it is to work from home….well, it is just frustrating.

There are some noggins who will say we need people to commute to help the economy – especially the micro economies that revolve around office complexes. But…well…I am one of those annoying commuters who makes their own lunch, makes their own coffee at home and is perfectly capable of looking after all of her own laundry.

Not to mention pollution – working from home – seems sensible in view of what all this travelling around is doing to the air.

Anyway…I still have to go into the office…because I can…because I do not need to catch the train – there are other routes in. But I am envious of my colleagues who have no options except the train (or a catching around seven buses which would take half the day!) and are able to work from home this week.

Holiday Havoc

Have you ever noticed that before a holiday there is so much more to do? (Often when you come back from holiday, there is even more to do because the people who were supposed to be covering for you didn’t!) Still…it is all worth it for those glorious two weeks when you don’t have to think about anything.

My holiday beckons…

…and although the rail union chose to go on strike the day I am supposed to be travelling across the country on a train – I am not anxious. The ironic thing is most of the work I do us unpaid and even in my paid job I end up doing unpaid overtime because they seem to allocate a ridiculous amount of work to me.

Breathe. I am looking forward to two weeks off. Away from all the hustle and bustle. A place where you can hear yourself think. And I am very very very much looking forward to seeing family.

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Preparing For Another Epic Journey

So, I am very soon going to be heading off on a holiday to see family. Prior to that Jack is heading overseas and he will be away for most of the summer =(

I booked my train ticket almost a month ago. Now I find out that there is going to be a walk out on the day I am supposed to be catching the train across the country.

Relatives have offered to drive down here and pick me up and take me back – but what a crazy solution that is. Jack has posted a message on his WhatsApp groups asking if anyone is driving up north that weekend and could squeeze me and a huge suitcase into their car. But I am not one to leave things to chance. So, I have bought myself a Plan B coach ticket just in case this rail dispute cannot be resolved before my holiday.

Only….my coach ticket departs at midnight and I arrive at six o’clock in the morning at my destination. My goodness…I am dreading this epic journey across the country.

I used to do crazy things like this all the time in my teenies and twenties. But now it is all a bit daunting.

Magical Mystery Tours

I am absolutely shattered!!! Travel disruption this week has meant an extra hour added to my journey each morning, and another hour each evening.

When you are use to a train speeding along a direct route, any experience on a bus feels as if you are taking some bizarre magical mystery tour of obscure parts of London that you have never heard of.

It seems to me as if they plan engineering works for the school holidays, so that they don’t disrupt the commute of the youths of this city. Nope…just disrupt the commute of those of us who ency the energy teenagers have.

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Jack Did A Very Good Thing

Back in the autumn of 2020, when Jack randomly and spontaneously bought a house when someone he knew wanted a quick sale…I remember thinking to myself, “Why would he buy a house in Cumbria, when our life is centred in London?”

Not long afterwards, my bafflement was put on ice because Jack asked me to marry him, and I decided to shelve the confusion over his impulse purchase.

However….now, I think he is a genius!!! Do you know how wonderful it is to wake up knowing which ever direction you walk in, it is going to be glorious!!!

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Take Me To The Lakes

Jack needs to take a break. He has been working long hours for seven days a week for the past month. I mentioned I will have some time off work recently, and due to recent events, Jack had the excellent idea of a trip up to the Lake District to stay in the house he bought over eighteen months ago, within which he asked me to marry him.

We are taking a dear friend of ours, recently bereaved of his precious wife. It is a place the two of them had chance to visit together twice back in 2019 when they came to England, before the Pandemic, before illness, before this.

It is a place full of beauty and comparative peace. It is a place of rest….although a holiday with Jack is never really quiet. I will be nudging Jack if he is too loud for our friend.

In honour of our little flower who is fast asleep for now, I am adding a song about the Lake District by her favourite.

Grazie Bello!

So much of television is an almighty waste of time, and frankly harmful. But I do like foodie programs. I do. I admit it. And I have found a show that is new to me. BBC 2 are showing a CNN production, Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy.

I enjoyed watching the first in the series on BC i-player last night that looked so appealing, I had to play back the video twice and note the details down. Spaghetti alla Narrano – courgette and pasta perfection.