Our local railway operator experienced a number of problems last year with cancelled trains. I was one passenger who received travel vouchers as an apology for a disrupted journey.
Last week I decided to make use of the remaining voucher by travelling to city shops.
I set off mid-morning. There was no-one I knew on the station and I chose a seat, which should have been at a table, except that the table was missing!
I travelled a fair distance before anyone joined me there. The lady who sat diagonally opposite me had a magazine to read.
At first I looked out of the window, but once the train moved inland I spent some time reading a modern translation of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. It is a wonderful book full of promises from God.
I arrived at the terminus and left the station on a beautiful sunny day and walked to the most distant shops I intended to visit. Then I worked my way back towards the station. After visiting the indoor market and a shop, I stopped for lunch in a small restaurant. It was fairly busy and a waitress sat me at a table where an older lady was eating her dessert. (We were both consulted before I sat down.) We had a friendly conversation before she went on her way leaving me to finish my light lunch. She had visited the place where I live once and liked it.
After lunch I went to buy buttons for a child’s jumper. I had enlarged the neck opening in case it made it easier for dressing and undressing. I found some suitable buttons in the nearest shop and noted for future reference that the fabric display was very attractive.
Next I went to a well-stocked hobby shop and rummaged (ratched, in local dialect) in the bargain basket. One ball of yarn looked particularly useful, so I bought it.
I had consulted the on-line catalogue of the county library and discovered that the only books by an author I have “met” online were in the local studies library. So I visited the library and enquired. The books were found for me by one assistant, while I chatted with another. She asked about my fairisle jumper. I told her about my blog post! She also asked whether I had come far. (I do not have a local accent!) I explained where I live and about the travel voucher. The other assistant, who had missed our conversation, suggested that the only way to read the reference copies was to call in every day and read a chapter. The fare would buy a book!
After that I wandered not quite aimlessly round the women’s departments of two large stores. Then I visited the Oxfam shop, where I found a book I could not resist. I’ll have to add it to my references page on Sue’s considered trifles. It is The Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs (1999). It is in excellent condition and will be useful for research.
Hubby had asked me to look for a storage box similar to one I had bought in May, when I used my other travel voucher. The shop had no boxes anything like the one he already had. However there was a large pile of much larger boxes – collapsible cardboard ones. They were on special offer with a price for two boxes, but they were rather heavy. I weighed them up (both ways). I could carry them to the station, but not home up the hill. However they were attractive and could be very useful.
I bought two and contacted hubby from the train for a lift home from the station!
The sun was low in the sky for the return journey and I sat with my back to it and to the direction of travel. It lit up the landscape and in particular the rocks on the beaches, where the tide was now low. I also saw two immobile herons in a river near the railway line.
The distant hills were crisp against the sky, but there was a low cumulus cloud below the skyline.
It was a great day out.