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Slightly later than planned (why does packing always fill the time alloted – and then some) we’re off on our East Anglian break. First stop is to pick up Dee’s parents over in Huddersfield, then begin the trek via the M62, AIM, then cross country. It always seems like a long drive to that neck of the woods, although we haven’t done it for years. I much prefer going by rail as a consequence.

Right, let’s see what happens..


Having picked up the in-laws and repacked the car we’re now bowling down the M1. For a Friday the traffic around Sheffield ain’t bad.


I’m glad we’re heading South and not North on the A1. We’ve just passed miles of queueing traffic!


Time for a coffee break at the lovely Insomnia Coffee Co, just outside Sleaford.


We’re back on the road again and I’ve just checked my emails to find the awful news that the National Rail Awards has had to be postponed. This massive event was due to be held on Thursday September 15th – a day the ASLEF and RMT unions have announced their next strike. I really feel for my friends at RAIL as this must have been an awful decision to have to make. The logistics of such an event are huge – and extremely complex. Over 1000 people from all over the UK attend the prestigious awards at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane and the strikes mean many may have to be on duty during the strike – or are simply unable to get there.

Dawn and I had a hotel booked which we’ll have to either re-arrange when we know a new date – or try to claim back on our insurance. Ho hum…


And relax! We’re settled into the house we’ve rented for the week which is just outside the pretty little town of Aylsham. This is an ideal location as it’s so central. We’re within striking distance of Norwich, Cromer, Sheringham and so many places along the North Norfolk coast. There’s even an excellent looking village pub just 10 mins walk away across the fields in nearby Banningham.

The rear of our cottage, complete with patio and barbecue.
Dee posing in the doorway of the living room. A lovely space for a rainy day and evening but I expect we’ll be spending more of our time in the kitchen/diner.

Now, having stocked up on provisions we’re settled in for the night. Tomorrow’s another day…

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