Well, how lucky were we on Saturday when the day dawned bright and sunny. Off we set for the rolling Sussex countryside for a little trip by steam train. All aboard!
The Bluebell Line is a very picturesque heritage railway. It is literally in the middle of the countryside, thank goodness some clever folks thought to preserve it as it makes a fantastic destination for a wholesome day out. The stations are particularly fine with many original artefacts. They are often used for films and tv, indeed The Railway Children was filmed here.
Back we go to the 1940s. Mr HenHouse purchases our tickets (of the proper cardboard variety). Off we go.
Signs alert us to the fact that there could be an air raid at any time so it's important to know where the shelter is.
Looks like we've been beaten to it!
Choo, choo. What better way is there to travel than by steam?
Perhaps we'll just treat ourselves to a cuppa and a home-baked cake before we set off.
Maybe a newspaper for the journey?
There are interesting displays of wartime ephemera.
Opportunities for retail therapy of the vintage kind!
It's time to hop on board. I quite fancy this carriage!
I enjoy seeing the fields of bluebells through the window but the Munchkin cannot be distracted from his latest book.
The sunshine holds and we decide it's time for our picnic lunch. Ah, splendid. We've had far too few opportunities to indulge in this sort of thing given the recent weather. Cheers!
Mr HenHouse treats us to some superb tunes on the gramophone. Wow, what an atmosphere that creates! Time for a little jive perchance?
Phew, I think I'll catch up on my reading, so important to make do and mend, after all.
All too soon, it's time to leave.
Goodbye, Bluebell. Until the next time...