So… our trip didn’t go as planned
Hello all my bloggy friends ***waves***
You will probably gather from the title that I am a little disappointed.
The trip that we have had planned, that has been booked like…forever.
We didn’t get there!
The wonderfully magical Christmas trip on the Santa express, on the Severn Valley railway that my kids get so excited about and even get dressed up for.
We didn’t get there!
Yes everyone has been poorly and yes everyone is still sneezing and coughing but that didn’t stop us, we we’re all far too excited to let germs stand in the way.
We still didn’t get there!
We doped ourselves up on cold remedies, got ourselves extra layers and packed the car with blankets, food, a flask of very hot Mulled wine, we even took a shovel to dig the car out of the snow after our trip.
We just couldn’t get there!
I am so bitterly disappointed, we look forward to this every year.
So this is how the day went
Here are a few photos taken of *AJ and *CAL before we attempted the drive in the snow.
They wanted to go as Elves this year, I ordered their costumes off Amazon specially for the trip.
I would just like to say this is not a fancy dress trip, no-one else dresses up, it’s just an Alienhippy thing.
We managed to drive to the Hills
These hills are usually a 10 minute drive away from our home. The traffic was just piled up. Mr Locoman phoned the Severn Valley to ask if they knew what the traffic would be like closer to the station. We we’re told the Steam Trains were still running but not many people were able to get there in the snow. We we’re advised to turn around and go back home. We ignored the advice and thought he was kidding, then we hit our first snow pile up. The Christmas music we we’re playing in the car and singing along to suddenly lost it’s appeal.
We were stopped dead still in traffic for quite some time and then my *AJ, who’s never really been very good at sitting still, just jumped out of the car. I jumped out of the driver’s seat and shouted after him, “Where do you think you are going?” He shouts back, “I’m one of Santa’s helpers Mom, I’m going to push cars and be helpful!”
This is what he can be like, my Aspie son, he can be so unpredictable. I quickly told Mr Locoman to follow him and keep an eye on him. Then I videoed him running off and got beeped at because the cars started to move.
People can be so annoying sometimes…I mean we mover all of 12 feet before stopping again.
Here is the video of him running off, it’s only very short.
I got to the island and turned the car around
Then we waited quite a while for Mr Locoman to round up *AJ and bring him back to the car.
I do believe my son would make a fabulous children’s entertainer.
While jingling his way down the main road, full of stationary vehicles, he decided to entertain the little children.
He did his Elf dance, sang Christmas songs, and pulled funny faces.
The kids who had been stuck in these cars for ages thought he was wonderful.
My little *CAL, on the other hand, was worrying herself somewhat silly because her big brother had disappeared.
He came back a little hyper from all the excitement.
I also managed to video him running back with Mr Locoman herding him at the rear.
Here is the second video, also very short.
We ended up driving around for 3 hours
Just trying to avoid getting stuck in snow pile ups.
Driving so slowly we we’re hardly moving.
Avoiding any steep hills, where the wheel would spin.
I managed to keep control of the car and found a clear route home eventually.
I was so relieved to just pull up on my drive.
Most people were having to abandon their cars and walk.
They said we can probably use our tickets in the New Year for a different Steam Trip.
So….I’m planning and hoping we can use them for the 40’s bash that they do.
Now I wonder…what will *AJ and *CAL be wearing for that trip then???
I might even dress up myself actually!