I spot a trainspotter

Trip Start Jul 01, 2009
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Trip End Aug 02, 2009


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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

My second cousin and husband (fantastic people - love them) picked me up from UK Sue and Ray's house and we made our way north to their place.  They were down visiting family so I cadged a ride.  It was lovely to catch up with them again as they had been out to NZ in 1993 - a long, long time ago but it felt like only yesterday.  Didn't have a look round the area, just caught up with all the news.  I did manage a run on Wednesday morning before leaving for the train from Preston to Newcastle.
The train journey was easy, had to change at Carlisle which wasn't difficult at all, well sign posted and only a couple of platforms so no chance of getting lost.  Stopped here for a coffee at what would have once been the waiting room, complete with cast iron fireplace.  Get this, there was even a genuine bona fide trainspotter on Carlisle station, busily writing down in his notebook as each train including locomotives came along.  They really do exist!!!
Some of the scenery out from here was quite nice, apparently in the High Pennines, some slightly hillier countryside with stone walls around the paddocks of the farms, old farm houses just like out of James Herriott, and a scarecrow even surrounded by crows - not doing a very good job. 
The train and roading system is something that NZ will probably never catch up with, UK is years and years ahead of us in that department, but with our small population it just wouldn't be viable.  Does make getting around the countryside very easy though. 
So much of the countryside has "sameness" about it. Apart from the High Pennines as mentioned above, I could be anywhere in England.  England is a pretty flat place overall, not much in the way of features on the landscape except of course man-made ones.  There is plenty of rural, but it all looks very similar, very green, lots of trees, but no mountains or even hills to speak of. 
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