Was 5 pints an over indulgence??
Part one ..
Hetty Hetty doesn’t want to start today….she needs jump leads… a little help from Smartie car and off she goes ..life is restored I think she was saying “It’s to cold to go a wandering ” but when we told her it was a night out at the pub and steam trains a smile returned ..
Ribblehead is the destination and an over nighter at The Station Inn to await morning and Steam trains …
We had heard over the Internet chatter that The Flying Scotsman would ,at 9-30 am Saturday morning be pulling a tourist train over the viaduct on his maiden long haul after refurbishment.. Not to be .. His brakes were playing up and the carriages are now to be pulled by 2 Black 5’s and a Diesel behind .. Not deterred by this news as we would get two for the price of one off we trot up’t Dales ..
The viaduct for the uninitiated is the feature of the new TV drama “Jericho”and has been in the lives of most northerners for ever .. I remember seeing it in amazement when I was about 6 years old .. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ribblehead_Viaduct
In latter years I took a trip over by diesel locomotive to visit the Appleby Horse https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appleby_Horse_Fair
Scenic dales are always worth a visit being so close to us and in the traffic free winter sun were everything and more ..Arriving at the pub ..parked up ..a little adjustment to the chocks .. level now .. Added the brand new silver screens to keep the heat in and the cold out .. By now it’s 5 o’clock some where and a beer or two with our names on em are waiting
On entering the pub J says “There’s someone waving at us” ..
Only Erica and Robert .. F/B friends from Pendle area and information gatheres regarding The Frying Scots visit ..They were a couple of pints up on us .. We soon caught up and a good night with a fine supper was had by all
BUT the question asked “Would we all be fit and well the next morning to be up at the crack of dawn ” The answer in part two ..