Thursday, 17 May 2012

1940 on The Bluebell Line



Well, how lucky were we on Saturday when the day dawned bright and sunny.  Off we set for the rolling Sussex countryside for a little trip by steam train.  All aboard!  




The Bluebell Line is a very picturesque heritage railway.  It is literally in the middle of the countryside, thank goodness some clever folks thought to preserve it as it makes a fantastic destination for a wholesome day out.  The stations are particularly fine with many original artefacts.  They are often used for films and tv, indeed The Railway Children was filmed here.




Back we go to the 1940s.  Mr HenHouse purchases our tickets (of the proper cardboard variety).  Off we go.




Signs alert us to the fact that there could be an air raid at any time so it's important to know where the shelter is.






Looks like we've been beaten to it!










Choo, choo.  What better way is there to travel than by steam?




Perhaps we'll just treat ourselves to a cuppa and a home-baked cake before we set off.




Maybe a newspaper for the journey?




There are interesting displays of wartime ephemera.




Opportunities for retail therapy of the vintage kind!








It's time to hop on board.  I quite fancy this carriage!





I enjoy seeing the fields of bluebells through the window but the Munchkin cannot be distracted from his latest book.




The sunshine holds and we decide it's time for our picnic lunch.  Ah, splendid.  We've had far too few opportunities to indulge in this sort of thing given the recent weather.  Cheers!





Mr HenHouse treats us to some superb tunes on the gramophone.  Wow, what an atmosphere that creates!  Time for a little jive perchance?




Phew, I think I'll catch up on my reading, so important to make do and mend, after all.




All too soon, it's time to leave.





Goodbye, Bluebell.  Until the next time...




35 comments:

  1. What a wonderful post! Looks like you had a splendid day out!
    Victoria xx

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  2. Great pictures Hen. You all look fab in your outfits!
    Love all that Woods ware china and the collection of baskets.
    Ellie
    x

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  3. Looks like you had the most wonderful day!
    You have just given me an idea for the summer in the garden!! Old vintage wind-up record player, a pile of 78's (well in our case a large pile) and natter with friends and relatives in the garden over bank holiday!
    Julie xxxxxxxxxx

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  4. I'm with the Munchkin on the book front- would way take more than a few scenic views to drag me away from William!

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  5. What fun! It really looks like you went back in time.

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  6. Excellent. I've been waiting for this post :o) You look lovely and that dress is beautiful. Not sure if you know, but there is a rather nice picture of Mr HH that someone has added on Flickr. Lovely photos x

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  7. How wonderful! Looks like a perfect family day out. Do they do these wartime days very often? I'd love to go.

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  8. Oh my word, what a wonderful trip and you guys looked absolutely perfect! Thanks for sharing! :-)

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  9. Brilliant post! I love how you all look the part...and I'm with Kate re the Just William books I can still read them today!
    We'll be taking our grandsons aboard the Poppy Line steam train this summer when they arrive from ew Zealand for a lovely long visit. They are both Thomas the Tank addicts so will be in heaven. It's not quite on par with the Bluebell Line though. And were'nt you lucky with the weather! Superb.

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  10. Ooh, I do love a bit of steam! Looks like a perfect day, glad you enjoyed it,.

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  11. No problem :o) I added it as a favourite so I could find my way back to it. Have copied the link because I couldn't work out any other way - let me know if it doesn't work and I'll try again. http://www.flickr.com/photos/wobly/7190898288/in/faves-56072433@N05/

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  12. Hope you had some Crabbes ginger beer on your day out. You all look like you were having a spiffing time.

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  13. Absolutely fabulous!!! and thank you for taking us along with you. The station is amazing, is that a Home Guard chappie I spy on one of the pics?

    How wonderful to be in such an atmosphere where your heart can be taken back to such a time. I'm so pleased the weather held for you to have your picnic. Mr B would also enjoy the books, I've never heard him laugh so much as when reading Just William & Jennings books.LOL.

    Thank you for sharing

    Peg x

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  14. This is such a nice post - lovely photos. Thank you for sharing your day out, really makes me want to go on a steam train as I haven't been on one for two years since the NYMR.
    Claire

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  15. I love your post today, what a wonderful way to spend your day. All the pictures were Super.

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  16. what a fabulous day you had, you all look great! I'm so glad to be getting a bit of sunshine, i was getting fed up of the rain!

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  17. Oh what a jolly super post! Just lovely. It looks like a fab day out! And you all look just the part...brilliant!!!

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  18. Looks like fun and nice you all enjoy the same things. I so enjoy reading about your vintage trips.

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  19. Thank you for this amazing trip.
    Kisses from spain

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  20. Hen, you look absolutely fabulous!

    What a splendid day out you must have had. Thankyou so much for sharing these special days with us. I do so love reading your lovely posts!

    Happy weekend Hen.
    Take care now.
    Love Donna xx

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  21. Dear Hen, thank you so much for recording your fabulous rail trip and all the vintage amazing-ness. We have an old railroad here that I've gone on several times, but certainly it has none of that vintage rail stop charm! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  22. Your blog is full of happiness and your post is wonderful..

    sandra

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  23. I love the look on Mr HH's face in that last picture! We live very near the old Guildford to Shoreham railway line and how I wish the steam trains still passed by so we could hop on and travel in style! Loved seeing you happy day out. :0)

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  24. This is probably the cutest blog post I have ever seen!

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  25. Thank you so much for sharing these interesting pics, I have loved this post, it looks like so much fun, and of course you all look marvelous!!!

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  26. I just love your outings Hen, they're so grand! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  27. What a great day out! I think some of that china would've come home with me.... ooh maybe some of those lovely baskets too!! xx

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  28. What a wonderful post! I really enjoyed it. Being from Missouri in the USA, there are only a couple of steam engine trains left.
    We had one of the trains come through our town on tour last summer. We all went down to the station, took pictures, went on tour. Some lucky folks were also able to ride. I had never seen one. Thanks for sharing your day!

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  29. Wow - you look like a movie star! Absolutely gorgeous. What a brilliant day out. XXX

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  30. oh my, you look way too glamorous, like a filmstar!
    What lovely photos and you were so lucky having the sunshine on your trip back in time!
    xxx

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  31. Love the outfit - straight out of Dads army or Mrs Miniver. You look like a prosperous young woman and that Munchkin is growing up isnt he.

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  32. Just delightful.
    Blessings Gail

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  33. I just love your passion for this gorgeous by gone era, wonderful post!

    Best wishes

    Denise

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  34. A First Class day out, fabulous outfits, great photos.
    Carol xx

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