Home again

Today’s guest picture comes from our friend Bruce. He has noticed a subtle change in our post vans over the last month.

After an early (by our standards) breakfast, we waved goodbye to our daughter and granddaughter, caught the tube from Stockwell to Euston, found our comfortable seats on the train to Carlisle, and proceeded northwards on time and at a reasonable speed. It was raining heavily as we sped through the English countryside but it stopped before we came to Carlisle. The bus from Carlisle to Langholm was on time, and there was enough time before it left to allow us to have coffee and a snack before catching it. If only all life could run as smoothly as this day did, the world would be a better place.

We caught the bus beside the Citadel in the centre of Carlisle . . .

. . . and it ran under a rainbow as it went up the road . . .

. . . to Langholm, and when we got there, we found that Langholm hadn’t changed noticeably while we had been away.

There was just enough light left for a quick look round the garden before we settled down inside.

There were quite a few nasturtiums left . . .

. . . a single flower on the Special Grandma Rose

. . . a couple of fuchsia flowers were still hanging about . . .

. . . and the patio rose doesn’t know that it’s November at all.

Although we had a wonderful time in the south, visiting theatres and relatives, enjoying the company of our daughter and granddaughter, and seeing the sights of the city, there is no doubt that coming home is a great part of the pleasure of going away.

No time for a flying bird today, but instead I will put the last of our apples. I had left them on the tree for the birds to enjoy while we were away. As they hadn’t pecked them, I picked them.

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

28 thoughts on “Home again

  1. I’m glad you had a smooth journey home. I also have returned, to Somerset in my case, from London today, after a stay of just one night. I’ll blog about it shortly, and doubt if I’ll be able to resist mentioning the travel problems I had in both directions, not that they were very serious.

  2. As much as I enjoy going away now and then, it always feels good to be home again. It is interesting to see the shape of the crown has changed too.

  3. Glad your holiday was rounded off with an excellent journey home.
    I liked all the ‘p’s’ in Tootlepedal picked the unpecked apples ( which look very good).

  4. Glad the visit to London was rounded off by a smooth journey home. Good that there are still a few flowers in your garden including that fuchsia.

  5. How lovely to hear that your journey was so positive . Obviously a joint birthday award was deemed appropriate.

    1. In view of the recent troubles on the railways, we were very relieved to get home so smoothly. Transpennine trains were being delayed all around us as as we got further north.

  6. Your London photos showed a lovely variety of walks and events, you missed rail strikes and had a seamless journey home to your own comfy bed. Sounds like a good birthday gift to me!

  7. Lovely pictures. I have to ask what type of apples are these? My grandmother had these in her backyard my entire life and I never knew what kind they were. But we sure enjoyed the applesauce and pies made from them. Perfect for a crisp and fresh bit to eat as well. Cheers, Dawn

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