A fairly low-key week this week:
Monday: Ford Transit Connect (another X-wing!), Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leics to Brentford, Middlesex
Thursday: Vauxhall Astra 1.6CDTi Tech Line, Leicester to Syston, Leics; Nissan Juke 1.5dCi N-Connecta, Leicester to Thrapston, Northamptonshire.
Friday: Service collections and deliveries in and around Leicester – all Volkswagens: Polo 1.6 TDi, Up!, Golf Match 1.6TDi DSG, Golf GTD.
The Up! was a nice little car, this was the first time I had driven one. It tripped along merrily and quietly, especially compared to the Peugeot 108 which I wrote about on Wednesday.
Thursday’s job to the little market town of Thrapston was a pleasure and just the sort of jaunt I really like (I enjoy most jobs but particularly this sort). Bowling along A-roads through green, rolling countryside in the sunshine followed by a little stroll, a cup of tea and then a meandering cross-country bus ride through the villages of Northamptonshire and a relaxing train journey home reading a book. Life can be tough sometimes. The book happened to be Jane Hawking’s Travelling to Infinity; not quite appropriate because I was only travelling back to Leicester but it is a fascinating and bitter-sweet tale about Jane’s life with Stephen.
Actually, in truth, my destination was the very small village of Islip which is separated from Thrapston by the River Nene and a very old looking bridge. Islip was a very quiet little place with its old houses, farm buildings and church built of a distinctive pale yellowy stone. Reminiscent of the much fabled Cotswold honey-coloured stone but lighter in hue. The walk from Islip to Thrapston to catch a bus took me over the aforementioned stone bridge – Nine Arches Bridge – and past a sign announcing that Thrapston had gained its royal charter to hold a market in 1205. 1205!! What a very long time ago. That other villain of the Robin Hood tales, King John was on the throne at the time. So, if you are familiar with Disney’s Robin Hood, you will know that Thrapston received its market charter from a cowardly, thumb-sucking lion.
Talking of Disney, I have no shame in saying that my wife, daughter and I went to see the new live action Beauty and the Beast (no Ben and Jerry’s though!). The original cartoon has fond memories for us because it was the most prominent Disney film of our kids’ childhood. So seeing this new version was a must and …. it was brilliant. Thoroughly enjoyed it and couldn’t stop whistling the opening song all week (I can’t sing so I have to whistle). By incredible coincidence, four key members of the cast, Emma Watson, Emma Thompson, Luke Evans and Nathan Mack (young lad who plays Chip) share the same birthday – 15th April. This also happens to be my son’s birthday!