Jaqui's Daily Blog

Thursday 11th October

Never let it be said that I don't apologise when I get things wrong. So today I am apologising to Cosham Railway Station which, in a previous blog, I labelled as the Very Worst Railway Station in the South East of England To Get Stuck On While Awaiting a Connection.  


Today I was in Cosham again, arriving with a sinking heart as I realised I had almost 50 minutes to wait for the train to Cardiff.  That's FIFTY minutes on a station platform with no cafe or warm, comfy waiting room.  I had been dreading it.


Then, lo and behold, I spotted a sign.  It was actually a rather large sign in that it was written on a brick wall in letters several feet high (so I have absolutely no excuse for missing it last time round.) It read: "Whistle Stop Cafe."


Oh, the Whistle Stop Cafe! What an evocative name! How welcoming, how appropriate, how very, VERY convenient!  It had lovely, comfy red chairs, with newspapers on every table.  It had helpful, chatty, staff who served me up a delightful skinny latte and charged me only £1.50.  I said I expected that they attracted lots of customers who were waiting for their train connections and they said, sadly, no - despite their massive sign on the wall.  So, if you ever, ever have to change at Cosham and have time to kill, please call in at the Whistle Stop Cafe and tell them I sent you.


There were other shops there too.  I could have gone to the dentist, picked up a newspaper and some Werther Originals at the Newsagents and ordered Fish and Chips from the "chippy".  I could even have had a tattoo in the Tattoo Studio but, as you all know, I don't "do" pain.  Cosham is indeed a wonderful place.


And now I'm in Cardiff which is another wonderful place to be.  James and I have met Sam from school, I have fed baby Morgan, and heard all about what we are going to be doing over the next four days (Sam is writing a list of activities from which I am allowed to choose.) I have put two boys to bed and together we have composed the latest instalment of the Story of the Jolly Boy Boat.


Apparently Sam has been counting the days till my arrival.  However, before that, he was counting the days till the Insect Man came to school.  The Insect Man brought fascinating creatures into the classroom - a cockroach, minibeasts, a snake and a frog.  


It seems I have a great deal to live up to...

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26.10 | 14:21

Mmm, was it because there were '24 men kicking a ball' that it didn't end entirely satisfactorily???

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15.10 | 11:13

I don't remember seeing this first time round.... but thank you for sharing with me. You write beautifully, and brought a tear to my eyes. Lots of love xx

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10.10 | 21:37

Jaqui I think your grandchildren are very lucky. You have spurred me on to write a letter to Amelia who like Hazel is away from home for the first time. 💕

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03.07 | 22:43

Wouldn't have missed it for the world. xx

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