Thursday, 16 May 2013

Journey on A Steam Train

Where to begin.  I seem to have taken another bloggy break, completely unintentional.  Life just kind of got in the way.  The past few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind.  So what have I been up to?  Well I've started back at college.  I missed a term out when we moved into our new home, now that we are settled in I have returned but I will tell you more about that in another post. I've also had a weekend away.

Myself and James enjoyed a weekend camping in East Sussex.  We have been to the campsite on numerous occasions before, and have enjoyed every one of them, which is why we always end up going back.  We were so lucky with the weather, especially being a bank holiday (let's face it, British bank holidays are known for their bad weather)  We arrived late Saturday afternoon after having to run a few errands which took longer than planned so it was a case of setting up camp, heading out for a short walk then settling down to make dinner.

We made the most of a full day on Sunday, the sun was shining and so we hopped into the car and made the short drive to Bodiam.  It is a lovely little place with gorgeous grounds around the castle.  We have been there before and on our last visit we spotted the steam train leaving the station and made a pact that we would pay it a special visit next time we were over this way.  I'm so glad we kept to it.  We really did have a wonderful day.

We got the train to Tenderdon, somewhere we have not visited before.  The journey took around 40 minutes, the views across the countryside were spectacular, with plenty of fields filled with sheep and their lambs, gorgeous rape fields, and wetland filled with swans. 

On the way we stopped at a number of old stations, each one looked amazing.

I was pleased to see that Tenderdon was also an old fashioned station, of course I had to get a little snap happy (as you do).

The village was also a beautiful place.  We wandered round the shops.  It was lovely to see so many independent stores too, you don't get many of those anymore.  We felt as though we could of wandered round for hours but it was soon time to catch the train back to Bodiam.  The train on the way back had a first class, carriage so we upgraded our tickets and made the most of it.  I felt as though I was on set of one of those costume drama's, it was fantastic.

We passed their Pullman, serving Sunday lunch.  We have said that is next on our list of things to do.  We have both said about it before, there really is nothing stopping us now :)

It felt great to get away for the weekend.  It was nice not having to worry about the housework, or the washing and being able to spend quality time together again.  We both needed it.  now we are just waiting for the next opportunity.  I hope it comes around soon, I could do with a break ;p

Love Gem x x x x


  1. What a lovely getaway! It's wonderful to leave housework and TV behind, isn't it? It's not quite warm enough to camp here in Canada yet, but we have booked out first outing for the first weekend in June. Can't wait to try out our new caravan!!
    First Class looked lovely. It was worth the $$ upgrade!!
    Looking forward to seeing pics of your NEXT expedition!

  2. I've had lot's of great things about Tenterden, it's on the list to visit.

    Looks like you had a fantastic time.

    Victoria xx

  3. Hi Gem,

    I didn't realise you had posted recently! It looks like you had a lovely time away. Sometimes it's nice to escape to somewhere that seems a world away from home isn't it? I love the look of the old fashioned station. Did you buy anything from the shops you mentioned?

    Gemma x