On the Road (Trains?) Again

As I type this, I’m sat in a cafe at Euston Station, comedically early for a train. But we’ll get back to that.

Where was I last? Oh yes, having a New Year’s in. ‘Twas lovely, except for having to give M grief for answering work emails at midnight. I suppose doctoring never truly stops does it? Anyway, we rang in the New Year the next morning with a delightful cooked breakfast and M put up a curtain in our kitchen that we’ve been meaning to get for ages. You can now sit at our kitchen table without the neighbours being able to see you in PJs from their bedroom window. Progress.

It was quiet for most of January, with a few forest wanders. Mostly it was just wrapping up my experiment paperwork from my last module. By the middle of the month though, we were back up to Norwich to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary. (How has it already been three years??) M spoiled me and booked a room in the fancy hotel in the city centre, and even though we half froze through the evening, we had a great time!

Came back to a very needy cat who demanded ALL the fuss after an entire evening by herself, and then prepared for the next module of my master’s programme, due to start that Monday. This one was a really useful module, in which they showed us how to write project proposals and scientific posters for conferences. Short of grant writing magic, it couldn’t have been more handy for long term use. That paperwork is now turned in and ready for grading. Should hear back next month I think.

By the end of January we had a few freak snow flurries, but nothing like last year. It only stuck to the grass and was gone in a few days, as it should be.

February rolled in, and with it sunsets past 5 PM! Growing up in the southern US did not prepare me for a world where the sun sets before 4 for a good few months. Everyone was perked up by this slow change. Even Ophelia was more prone to hang out in the garden in the tiny sunbeam that hits the back gate.

Towards the end of the month we took a short holiday and met up with the family down in Padstow. We got extremely lucky and didn’t get any rain the few days we were there. This will never happen again. With the good weather though, we tried to soak up the beach and the water and the harbour side fun to the best of our abilities.

It went like a flash and so did the rest of February. We’ve now inched into March, and keep hoping the sun will stay out for the day. Sometimes however, you just have to go out in the rotten weather, and so M and I made a trip to the nearby Cressing Temple Barns. They’re one of the oldest wooden structures still standing in the world, being built around 1250. They are GIGANTIC. Honestly, I wasn’t prepared for something so large. But when it’s something built for the Knights Templar, I suppose it would be. Totally free to visit and park as it’s owned by Essex County Parks, and I would definitely recommend a visit. I’d like to go back in the summer when the gardens are in bloom.

And now here we are, sat in the train station for a train that’s now only an hour away from departure. Time for lunch and hopefully the more reasonable humans in my cohort to arrive soon. Speak more when I have wifi again!

— Kate

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