Monday, 8 December 2014

The Train Ride




Hello again...i have been away some time haven't i?
I am sorry about that,some times life can get a little busy can't it? i promise not to be away so long next time and  i hope you are all well....

In my last post i told you about the day we went to the lighthouse in early in September.....well the very next day we were out on the open road driving through the countryside on a beautiful and hazy sunny day....


To an ancient market town called Pickering in North Yorkshire...we love Pickering and have visited many times,its a beautiful place to spend the day but we wouldn't be spending our day here today....


We bought a little  sweet tooth fix as we hurried through the town...


Crossing over the road to the train station....


Onto the platform....so pretty how it is all painted and dressed to look like long ago.....We bought our tickets and climbed aboard....


We found a cabin with a sliding door and made ourselves comfy.... 


Popped our picnic hamper up on the luggage rack......


Checked we had our tickets handy to be punched by the inspector...so cute how Beatrix had to have her own ticket...


Here she is waiting for our journey to begin.....



Choo choo as we  pulled out of the station,i love this part and get so excited :)....


Out into the light and countryside as we thundered along....CHOO!!! CHOO!!!!! the whistle blew! ahhh we were in heaven...

Past woods of broad leaved trees,Christmas tree woods,purple heather moorland,rivers,people gardening,pretty cottages,an old lady waving from her cottage garden,fields of cows and horses flicking their tails...It was like being in the railway children....




I filmed this from our cabin window,it was wonderful seeing the train winding before us and it is so romantic travelling by steam train,press play and click on  youtube to the bottom right to watch it larger,enjoy the journey x



We reached Grosmont station and alighted from the train,so fresh and pretty in turquoise and white....


Isn't it wonderful?...lots of benches to sit and watch the world go by....


We sat and looked at the pullman carriages...they have pretty lamps on the tables and you can book to have lunch aboard as you travel the countryside....do you see the house peeking behind?



This house......it was lovely and had the prettiest porch around the front door,roses in the garden and wisteria climbing the walls....


The benches were being painted and a few had been sat on! thankfully ours was dry and my picnic hamper matched beautifully....


We sneaked off and found a bench on a quieter part of the platform and had our picnic....


It wasn't long before our next train came into view.....

Lots of steam and chugg,chugging as it came to a halt.......


All aboard for Levisham station......



Levisham station had a beautiful cottage with roses growing round the windows....


A closer peek..i love the sash windows and porch don't you?......


The train travels to Goathland station too which was in the first Harry Potter film,the train we had boarded was an open carriage and this dapper gentleman in a cute hat kept peeking over Steve's shoulder and making eyes at Beatrix.....



We travelled right through to Whitby,after being in the countryside it was magical to see all the boats suddenly appear and Whitby abbey on the hill in the distance,you know the one from Bram Stokers Dracula....


You can see the abbey to the left on top of the hill....we didn't hang around after dark just incase...



After a lovely day it was time to go home....Choo! choo! chugg chugg chugg chugg....

we traveled home in a cabin with a lovely fun couple who were visiting from South Africa,they were here visiting their daughter,we  laughed so much with them and Sharon if you are reading,yes i thought it might have been your parents ;)


It was lovely to see all these pictures again writing this post,i hope you enjoyed our train journey...

Will you join me next time for more tales and goings on from Shingle Cottage? 

XxX

21 comments:

  1. This is just wonderful! How romantic. Such a beautiful way to spend a day. xxo

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    1. Thank you Kerrie,it really was wonderful xxx

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  2. Hello dear K, I was merrily reading your post, enjoying the trains and the cottages and when I got to the end of the post, I just had to smile, oh K, wouldn't it have been funny if it had been my parents...alas it was not...but I am so glad you enjoyed your little chat...Lovely post, wondered where you had got to....wishing you a lovely week. Can only imagine how cosy your cottage must look right now! Hugs Sharon x

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    1. Hello Sharon :)
      It was after i had read your post i thought hmmmmm? hehe it would have been funny you could have said 'hi' from me......i have just finished trimming the mantel piece so a cozy Christmas post will be on its way very soon,hope you are well xxx

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  3. I suppose I have told you before, and I know have told my other blog friend who lives somewhere close in Yorkshire--I am thinking, the you are living my dream. I have made two trips to England, both as tours on a bus with university students in 2001 and 06. So long ago now. My wish is to return without students in tow. My friend and I talk about it all the time, reminding each other that we are not getting any younger. She has teenage grandchildren that she is helping to raise because the mom left the family, so she keeps very busy. We would love to ride the trains, and hike around Yorkshire. Our favorite place is Haworth. We are retired college professors with degrees in literature and love English literature, especially the Brontes and Jane Austin. So I love this post and especially the way you write about your day. On our last trip to England, we left a week early so that we could spend 5 days in Edinburgh then we took the train the London. I love trains. This was a most excellent adventure. (borrowing a line from the movie Dumb and Dumber.)

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    1. I am so happy you can see England via our blogs Ann and you should visit again and hike Yorkshire and ride the train to Whitby,there is also a lovely old steam boat ride in the Lake District near Beatrix Potters cottage with a train journey too,one year we caught the boat,sailed up the lake,jumped off and jumped straight on a train,traveled up and down and then jumped back on the boat and sailed back at dusk,it was one of the best days i have ever had....your friend sounds like an amazing and strong woman,ah Howarth was my sisters favourite place to visit,she was captivated by Heathcliff,the moors and the Brontes....i caught the train to Edinburgh a long time ago and the coastal scenery was beautiful....haha at 'a most excellent adventure' ;) xxx

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  4. How fun! What a day of discovery and lovely sights in every direction, thanks for bringing us along. Busy making fairy wings and a tutu for my neice!

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    1. You are welcome Mary and thank you! fairy wings sounds wonderful! xxxx

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  5. So happy to see a new post and to read that all is well. What a wonderful way to spend the day - a train ride is such fun, and how nice that Beatrix could enjoy it with you.

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    1. Thank you lala!...yes it was lovely Beatrix could come too,we like to go everywhere together xxx

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  6. Loved every minute of you your adventures, thank you so much for sharing them with me. We are thinking of a weeks break next June in North Yorkshire and will make it near by so we too can enjoy the train journey (our favourite holiday pastime) We will be looking for a cottage so we can immerse ourselves in a North Yorkshire way of living with our wee dog Rocco. Thanks so much again. Mary

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    1. Hi Mary,thank you so glad you enjoyed our post..oh that holiday sounds so dreamy and how lovely to have something to look forward to through the Winter,i want to hear all about it when you get back home....I think it's great that we can take our little pals aboard with us,Rocco and you are going to love it choo! choo! xxx

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  7. Beautiful! How fun for you and your lunch basket is so pretty.

    Blessings,
    Amy Jo

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    1. Thank you Amy Jo,the basket is from Joules they have some beautiful things xxx

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  8. Lovely bloggy post K, I did enjoy the scenery so much , so glad Beatrix could come too. Looking forward to your next post already,love Julie xx

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    1. Thank you Julie....the scenery is beautiful and so unspoilt,i loved that Beatrix could come as there is so much you can't do with a little dog,hope all is well with you xxx

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  9. What a wonderful and romantic way to spend the day!
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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    1. Yes it was Alessandra and left us with wonderful memories too xxx

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  10. Hello! We made that same journey last August too, we had a good trek around 'Heartbeat' land, although it was an awfully windy day it was still breathtaking ( in more ways than one!) Dearly love steam trains and the oh so pretty stations, so nostalgic!
    I have recently come accross your blog and how happy am I for that?! Your sweet cottage is beautiful, your pics make many 'ooh's' and 'aah's' come my way! 😊
    Regards
    Louise x

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    1. Hello Louise :) it's just beautiful isn't it? haha at breath taking in more ways than one! i love steam trains and stations too it's so old world and romantic,thank you so much for your kind words! welcome aboard xxx

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  11. Thank you! I shall very much look forward to reading your lovely blog! And isn't the weather beautiful at the moment, if only it would stay like this, it really jolly's you up some! Xx

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