This is where we cruised to last night, an excellent town centre secure mooring with water on tap.
But back to what's been happening over the last two or three days. I mentioned that I've been home to attend to post and the garden. To return to the boat I had bought an advance rail ticket from Wymondham (Norfolk) to Kirk Sandall (convenient for Barnby Dun). The cheapest ticket (at £34.00) was First Class. And because the National Rail website took me to the East Coast booking system I ended up paying £33.30 as they seem to apply a 2% discount.
When I read what was waiting for me on the East Coast train (the Peterborough to Doncaster leg) I could hardly wait. But to start with I got on the usual Norwich to Cambridge train, only this time sitting in first class. That was for only two stops, though, as I had to change at Thetford to board the East Midland Trains service from Norwich to Liverpool Lime Street in order to travel to Peterborough. This wasn't so good. The train was busy and there was no first class compartment. The two bike spaces were taken, so I had to fold my bike and squeeze it between a passenger and a suitcase.
But at Peterborough things took a turn for the better. The sun shone warmingly as I waited for the train, the East Coast service to Leeds. I got on with my bike ready-folded and was able to slide it into a luggage space. As soon as I took my seat and the train moved off two attendants appeared offering tea or coffee. Coffee please! This was poured into a proper china mug, and tasted like proper coffee. Then my lunch order was taken. Yes, lunch - and it was all "free"! The macaroni cheese with lumps of "Yorkshire ham" was hot and tasty, followed by a slice of banana cake. Oh, and I forced myself to have an Old Speckled Hen with it (again, nothing more to pay). As I let the food go down I reclined in the seat with The Times (also on the
As you can tell, I was dead impressed with East Coast.
Back to yesterday: this was the scene as we approached Doncaster, the Minster dominating the skyline.
To bring things up-to-date the following now relates to what we did today. Before setting off we had a look round Doncaster, starting with the Minster. I would have liked to have heard the organ being played - it is one of the finest in the world, apparently.
Time to publish.