She did return as planned on the mid-afternoon train.
But before all of that Diane had a chance to visit
Looking forward to seeing these when we make it there at the end of the year.
|inside the markets|
|Diane says this photo is for Paul|
We had arranged that I would take the bus to the station and then we would come home the same way.
I was also thinking that there was a large market on in Macclesfield on Saturday, so that being the case I would go in early, have a good look around before the train was due and then be able to meet Diane and if the stalls were still around we could then have a look together.
Unknown to me Diane and Paul had been texting to each other, with Paul offering to take me in and then drive us both back - Diane arranged it all and forgot to tell me until I was already there.
It wasn't a problem and I met up with Paul at the station after I had dropped into Tesco for a chance to remove some items from the shopping list.
Whilst we both waited for the train, we had the chance to think that it would be a great job to drive the trains on these long distance journeys - say Manchester to Bournemouth or longer - a bit of a lapse to childhood when we might have thought that when we grow up we could become train drivers; probably not firemen - neither of us have the physique for the calendars.
Anyway the train duly arrived; Diane alighted from said train - very glad to see both of us there and Paul drove us back to the boat - this was such a lovely thing to do.
Oh, the market was not on for Saturday - it was scheduled for Sunday.
Next morning (Sunday) we paid a visit to the new Bollington services block for a lovely hot shower - no facilities for emptying cassettes, but the toilet was lovely and clean.
After this we did catch the bus back into Macclesfield and wandered around the outdoor market stalls - rather more extensive than those we were used to in Stone and Stafford - probably more of the size that I have seen in
There were a couple of things that we purchased from them; more so we took in the Aldi store and cleaned up the remainder of the shopping list.
A coffee each and Diane couldn't go past The Silktrail Fryer - chips and gravy - back on the bus to Bollington and onto the boat to watch the FA Cup match being televised.
The weather for the weekend has been pretty good - no snow; little rain; sun was out; air was coldish - hardly seems like winter - more like mid-late April.
One consequence of Diane returning is that the radio has been returned to Smooth FM after a brief renaissance on Classic FM.
The skipper has returned; the weather is good; sun onto the solar panels and all is right with the world again.