A relatively early for us today as we were bound for Leeds. That meant we were in the car and heading for Peterborough Station just after 7.30 this morning aiming for an 8.50 Virgin East Coast train direct to Leeds.
Even though the weather looked challenging (overnight frost accompanied by a wafer-thin layer of snow on the cars but fortunately NOT the road!) we enjoyed a hassle-free journey there.
The train was toasty-warm with the thermostat turned up to the max. Initially, this was very welcome, but by the time we got to our destination, we’d become Mr and Mrs Roast from Barbequeville!
As the train pulled in, it was a short walk to the exit where we met up with Ann’s work-friend, Sandra, with her husband, Dennis. It was the first time we’d all met as a group and we seemed to get on really well.
Those that know me, know that I like my shopping – and the bigger (and grander) the shopping area, the better. Well, shopping in Leeds was a first time for me (Ann and Sandra had done all this before) and it didn’t disappoint! Big names mingled with smaller names and there was a great mix of old and new architecture. The store that did it for me was the newish John Lewis – 42000 square metres of retail gorgeousness including a massive area devoted to the Smart Home concept as well as a cosy place for coffee!
Ann and I had a productive time and managed to bag some ornaments and lampshades for the forthcoming Lounge-makeover, whilst Sandra and Dennis browsed, but saved their pennies!
Lunch was at Brown’s – and they didn’t disappoint. We all squeezed in a Starter and a Main, but Dessert was out of the question, as were all stuffed!! It was a beautiful restaurant – the old Leeds Building Society building – tastefully restored in 2001, retaining the majority of the original features. It’s worth a visit, just to see the architecture!
And that was it! It was now just before 2.30 and our Train was booked for 3.15. We said our goodbyes and headed towards the Station, ducking the winter showers along the way.
The Train again had the thermostat turned up to 11 – but we coped – and we were soon back at Peterborough Station. We headed for home dropping in at Lee’s to pick her up for tomorrow’s lunch with David and Rosi.
What a great day! It was good to meet Sandra and Dennis at last, and we’re pleased we were able to pick up some more bits and pieces for the Lounge. Virgin Trains did a fab job in ferrying us to and from our destination – super-comfy seats, happy friendly staff, and genuinely useful OTA announcements – top marks!