The occasion was a trip hauled by the newly built steam engine "Tornado" (the first steam engine to be built in this country for 50 years). Time to settle down at our table for breakfast. You can't beat the Pullman for travelling in style every now and then for a treat!
My favourite bit - the champagne for breakfast, always feels more decadent than having it at any other time of day somehow!
An awful lot of food, lots of reading and chatting and 4 hours later, we find ourselves in York, resplendant in radiant sunshine with the brightest of blue skies. We take our chance to admire the engine.
The driver obviously worked very hard!
We are allowed the rare privilege of going up on the footplate (inside the cab of the engine) and feel the immense heat from the fire inside the engine. We know now why it's such a dirty job!
Mr HH allows himself to dream of a life away from the boring city, where he is the driver of Tornado instead!
We set off on foot, intent on enjoying our few hours in York. We cross the river and watch the boats going to and fro.
We wander through the streets, such a lovely city with beautiful historic buildings, and admire the Minster.
We find the infamous Betty's Tea Rooms but the queue is predictably huge so we settle for a few purchases from the shop instead.
But the pull is too strong! For I know that nestled within those quaint, historic lanes is a certain emporium. I spot that distinctive blue and red sign a veritable mile away!
Oh joy. Right inside the door, the display is instantly stunning!
I do think that the merchandising in Cath K's shops is brilliant. I've visited a few now and they all have lovely but different displays. I particularly love the vintage pieces, especially the upholstered furniture, because you just don't see this sort of thing in other shops. I've long hankered after one of these haberdasher's counters...
Aaarrgghh, it's a patchwork chair!
The backs of the drawers have received a "paint job".
Hmmm, couldn't you just cosy up in that bed. I am in love with the white/flowery bouquet bedlinen. It can only be a matter of time before I succumb!
This chaise is pretty beautiful too. At the rear of this store is a little garden and they have made the most of using the windows and doors for display.
Back in the bedroom area, there's a rather eye catching dressing table and screen.
And a lovely display on the wall shelves.
Eek! I love this blanket cushion. The blanket still had its Witney label on. The chair (with cushion!) could be yours for £350. Beside it, there's another of those lovely papered chests.
I confess to parting company with Cath on the subject of paint. Whilst I love the bright painted furniture, I am not a fan of gloss paint and I much prefer eggshell. I must say, the staff in the York store were lovely. We got chatting to one assistant who told us that there is a man responsible for merchandising the shops and he, with a team of about 4 others, goes to the fairs such as Swinderby, and also in France, buying up all the vintage goodies we see in the shops. She told me that the new catalogue is coming out soon and there is a feature about him in it. I wait with baited breath..!
Tired but happy, we settled back on to the train for a sumptuous dinner. They certainly feed you well on these trips! It was dark by the time we pulled into London but we'd had a wonderful day. The staff on these trips really go out of their way to make sure every aspect of your day is perfect and the food (and drink!) was first rate. We took our trip with Steam Dreams; if you/your nearest and dearest are interested in these trips, we've now done several and they've been great, better than the Orient Express in our opinion (cheaper too). Perfect for a special occasion.
Until next time, Tornado..!
After a good night's sleep, we decided to forego the car boot in favour of a rare lie-in. I don't really do lie-ins though, so I was prowling round the kitchen at a reasonable hour. We've picked nearly all of the tomatoes and chillies now but we've had a good amount of sun recently which has helped ripen everything nicely. I spot cookies!
We bought a little treat for the Munchkin from Betty's.
I think I know which conker he will prefer...
I decided to go back to bed with my copy of BoB that arrived yesterday...
...and errm, a few of those cookies!