Thanks for popping in! I can spill the beans now! Mum’s birthday surprise yesterday was a wonderful, posh meal on a very lovely pullman carriage. They had no idea. It was tipping down when we set off, cats n dogs as they say, and I know my parents were wondering who on earth would venture out in flood warning weather! But I’d paid a pretty penny for this little soirée – and we were doing it!
Their faces were a picture when we turned into a steam locomotive station ! It was the Britannia Gala Dinner on the Bluebell railway. Quite an auspicious occasion among steam train enthusiasts. We had a full house, too – or should I say standing room only? It was blimming fantastic.
At 7pm we took our seats in a wonderfully restored pullman carriage called Christine, built in 1928.
At 7.30 on the button the beautiful steam train gently pulled out of the station, and we set off on our 3 1/2 hour round trip.
It was like going back in time. A real bite of history. The silver service with white gloves, the traditional food that was served, the ambience…
…the sound of the steam engine – oh! And the whistle and the horn! That was just exciting!
So we chugged along, from station to station, were waited on hand and foot, chatted, reminisced – and had a superb evening together.
I don’t think it could have been any better, any more magical. If you ever want to do something very, very special. I highly recommend Dinner on the Golden Arrow. Is it an older person’s sport? Maybe. But I know Grace and Mark would love it too!! Just so different, so elegant, so rich and warm.
I will leave you with a short sound bite. Close your eyes and let me take you back in time, about a hundred years….
Back to work tomorrow. Tomorrow morning anyway !! We all know what she gets up to on a Wednesday afternoon!!
Life is good.
Love and hugs,