northernvicar – April to June 2024

I had a good patch just after Easter and managed to get some train rides in. Dundee was fun!

The garden at Wallington National Trust property was beautiful on 11 April, and I had a slow walk round.

Another trip to Scotland on 14 April took me over the Forth Bridge again and did some very interesting curves on the West Coast Main Line.

The National Trust formal garden at Cragside was lovely a week later, and on 27 April I had a trip to the gardens at Sizergh Castle – an NT property I had never visited.

I started my second year of retirement as I entered May. A year ago there were lots of emails flying round assuring the Pensions Board that I would be unlikely to last this long. I do wonder if they now have a contract out on me, but my wife assures me the Church of England could not be that organised! Anyway, it is nice to be here – a huge thanks to the medics and their clever drugs.

I managed quite a lot of May train rides. The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, various lines near Leeds, the Stephenson Railway Museum, more Yorkshire lines, Bishop Auckland, and a trip to Whitby.

I slowed down in June – ten cycles of chemo were a bit too much. Just one train trip.

My own train looks lovely, and we have some Edmund roses.

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