A Mystery Tour



On Monday we were taken on a tour. A tour around a building I have never ever set foot in before but where I will soon be residing for a whole week. Modern and only completed a few years ago, it towers above you like some huge ships funnel. It is a very busy building, well used with lot’s of people entering and leaving via its various exits and not only via the ground floor.  A lovely lady by the name of Penny was our tour guide for the day. She was dressed in a fetching blue outfit, and was all smiles as she showed us around the very attractive surroundings.

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Another Day, another Jaunt!

We are off on one of our jaunts tomorrow. (Or adventures if you use your imagination more vigorously.)  As I have done in the past, I will try and include some clues as to our destination, but I am going to have to be really careful and vague with this one or it will be far too easy for my readers to guess. We had planned to do this one quite a while back but circumstances and our short break away postponed things until now. As is often the case, never to miss out on one of our jaunts, we will as usual be accompanied by J, hopefully this time not spending the entire day texting his beloved (which nearly drove me insane last time if you remember.)  So here goes with the clues.

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Off on a lone adventure.

When I got up this morning, I should have been busy tidying up the flat and doing some ironing.  I say should have because the moment I looked out of the window at the glorious October blue sky, and urged on by one of my blogging friends I threw caution to the winds, thought ‘Dang it!’ (or words to that effect) and armed with my trusty camera, set off on a lone adventure to who knows where.  I had no idea where I would end up, I did have some letters to post so that quest would have to feature in which direction I took, but as for the rest I would let fate decide where I eventually was to land up by catching the train. So whichever train arrived first, I would venture there.  This glorious October weather was far too good to waste!

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Off on another jaunt.

K and I are off on another of our jaunts tomorrow, so in this post, I plan to repeat the ‘clues’ that I gave all my readers last time. You have to guess where we are going and also how we will be getting there. Last time I think I made it far too easy for my readers, so this time the clues will be far more subtle.

I will be using Bing for the clues but you can use Google although it might not come up with quite the same outcome as Bing, so do take this into consideration.  So enjoy and here goes!

Which Locomotive is this? 



Clue 1.  This locomotive hauled the very last steam train for British Rail on August 11th 1968.




Which City are we leaving from? 



Clue 2. We depart from a city currently playing host to some Kings of Leon.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Travelling through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the UK  



Clue 3. The route we will take was the last great railway mainline to be built in the UK. It was completed in 1876.





 A very famous viaduct



Clue 4. It is considered to be one of the most picturesque railway journeys that this country has to offer.





                    Which City will we be visiting?



Clue 5. Our destination is a city that is 2000 years old and contains a Castle and an Cathedral.




for this outing we are accompanied by J and this will be the first time that he has ever been on a steam pulled train before, so I am looking forward to his reactions when he sees the multitude of photographers, enthusiasts and general interest that such a journey tends to invoke. How will he react when he sees all the route lined with people waving, snapping and generally watching us go by?

We have only 2 hours and 50 minutes to spend in our destination, so we are going to have to really pelt around taking it all in! (if that is at all possible) My trusty Samsung camera will be accompanying me as always, so lot’s of snaps will be uploaded afterwards.

I have probably made it far too easy again, but its not easy setting up the clues, try it yourself! I dont know 

TG  Have fun everyone and enjoy the bank holiday weekend won’t you?

Steaming our way to Scarborough.

I was up with the crack of dawn as is usual when we are setting off anywhere, showered, dressed and hair done at 06.30am.  K was also up early and after we had checked that we had everything that we needed for the day out including our packed lunches for the train, we set off to catch the bus to take us to the Railway station.  The platform soon filled with expectant and eager travellers (and of course lots of train enthusiasts all waiting patiently with cameras and cine cameras at the ready.) I was so excited.  After all, our last trip on a steam engine pulled excursion had been four or five years ago on the Flying Scotsman.

Arriving at Huddersfield Station       I'm ready for the off!

Eventually and right on time, 6233 the Duchess of Sutherland came puffing round the bend and alongside platform 8.  She was pulling 10 coaches in all, and we were in Coach G.  We all eagerly clambered on board and found our respective seats where we all stashed our coats, bags and other paraphernalia onto the luggage racks above before settling down for the journey ahead.   Our next pick up point was to be Wakefield and from there we would be continuing onto York and then Scarborough. 

As is usual when a chartered train pulled by a steam locomotive is pulling a train, the whole journey was peppered with train enthusiasts lining the route with their cameras taking photos of the engine as it roared past, and people with young children were waiving to us, so of course we all took the opportunity to wave back. (with me giving my usual royal wave as I always do on these occasions.) You really do feel like royalty as you ride on these steam train journeys, and it always amazes me how they know which route to wait along so as to catch a glimpse or a good photograph.  This one that we were travelling on this Friday was actually the first one to take place this year doing the Scarborough route.

During the journey we were all really well looked after by the train staff, with a tea trolley, present and gift trolley, a raffle (to be drawn during the return journey) and the chance to win a prize to ride on the footplate and drive the Duchess of Sutherland yourself!  Yippee!  You can guess that this Granny bought some tickets!  I bought K a Duchess of Sutherland polo shirt and I bought my usual fridge magnet.  Apart  from a stop to take on some water where we were all amused to see our engine go steam past us all in reverse, (and then luckily steam back again to continue the journey) we made good time and arrived in Scarborough at 13.06pm, dead on schedule.  We were all informed by the staff to return promptly at 17.00pm thereby giving us 4 hours to enjoy Scarborough and take in the sights.  Of course, I took the opportunity to take a few snaps of the Duchess as she stood there looking all pristine and smart in her maroon livery.

 Eventually we tore ourselves away and exiting the station, we made our way down to the seafront via the winding steps route and from there we walked slowly along the front towards the harbour. It was a beautiful day, we really were lucky because it was warm enough to be without coats.  We stopped to watch a man making some sand sculptures of a bear and a crocodile, then we continued on to the harbour walk to the lighthouse. Lot’s of people were making the most of the warm sunshine, sitting on the many benches watching the boat trips out into the bay, so we stayed there for a while to take some photographs of all the boats moored up and the boat rides.

Pure Heaven! Knickerbocker Glory Eventually we began to make our way back along the front to my favourite ice cream parlour for my usual ‘seaside’ treat of a Knickerbocker Glory.  K didn’t want her usual chocolate sundae and she just had a chocolate milk shake instead.  When we emerged from the ice cream parlour, the Sea Rescue helicopter was hovering out in the middle of the bay and we watched them winch someone from one of the boats who had obviously been taken ill or something, either that or they were doing some practice exercises.  Eventually we  made our way back up into the town centre where we continued on to the Rotunda Museum of Geology.  I have never been before, in fact I didn’t know it existed until the other day when I was constructing  a fun quiz for my Spaces friends and it came up in one of my Bing searches about Scarborough.  There are certainly some very interesting exhibits inside, but I did feel that it was geared more towards the children rather than adults.

Soon it was time to saunter back up to the train station.  We had a toilet break on arrival and K bought herself a steak pasty for her tea on the train.  I wanted to take the opportunity to get some more pictures of the Duchess of Sutherland before our return journey began whilst she was stood stationary, so we walked along the platform to the far end and  as they were allowing passengers to take a look around the cab, I climbed up as well so that  K could take a photograph of me peeking out!  It was so hot in there with the firebox open but I was in seventh heaven!  Of course my lovely daughter also took a picture of me climbing back down rear first!

Dead on time at 17.06pm we set off from Scarborough for our return journey, and again the whole route was littered with railway enthusiasts (many with very expensive cameras set up on tripod stands) trying to get that ultimate shot of the Duchess as she steamed past.  Honestly it must be so gratifying to be the engine driver or one of his mates on one of these steam train excursions!  All those people making the special effort to wave at you or take a photo as you steam past!  I wouldn’t be able to stop grinning from the minute I set off to the moment I finished!  Its just as exiting being a passenger on one, and I do encourage anyone to make at least one journey on a steam pulled charter train in their lifetime.

Despite having to make a diversion during the return journey when part of the intended route was having engineering work done to it, we arrived back in Huddersfield more or less on time. Then it was a fond farewell to all of our other fellow passengers, and as there wasn’t a train due to our town we set off to make the short walk up to the bus station for the bus home.  We had enjoyed a wonderful day both weather wise and journey wise, and we certainly hope that it won’t be the last. More pictures to follow in my SkyDrive.


A day out tomorrow…….but where?

Tomorrow, K and I are off on one of our Adventures.  We haven’t been on an Adventure for quite some time and this one that we are embarking on tomorrow is particularly exciting for me personally.  So just for a bit of fun I have decided that  I am not going to tell you where we are going and how we intend to get there, you are going to have to guess both the destination AND the mode of transport by a few clues given in this post and also some judicious searching using bing-logo

Here are the clues.

1.  Railway tours?  (U.K)

2.  A ‘flyer’ but its not a plane.  

3.  We journey with a Duchess who spouts a great deal of hot air! (6233)

4. This seaside town is one of the few in the UK to still have donkey rides on the beach.

5.  This town contains a  very ‘round, plump’ Museum of Geology.  

Donkey Rides on the Beach

Right!  Enough clues as it should be fairly easy to figure out both where we are going tomorrow and how we are getting there. Unfortunately there will be no prizes I’m afraid as K and I tend to be  always skint owing to all these adventures we are always embarking  on, and although we did discuss sending the first five correct answers a bag of Randoms each, unfortunately we have since succumbed to temptation and eaten them all, so that idea has had to be abandoned.  Sorry!

TG     Answers via the usual channels i.e Comments.