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Sunday, 13 April 2008


In some ways we're very fortunate, living where we do, since there are quite a few large towns just a short drive away; Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, Milton Keynes, Watford, Welwyn to name but a few. We very rarely go to Bedford, though - I've never really rated it as a 'shopping' town, and I've often struggled to find a parking place there.

But since Beth was away, and had taken the car, I thought it might be fun to go on a train adventure to the end of the 'Bedpan line' with the children, and visit the Poundland there. Yeah, I know - it doesn't sound like much of a treat, but it's an occasional favourite with our family, since they can buy some fairly entertaining things for just a pound or two.

It only cost us about £6 to get there with the Family Railcard - which, when there's just one adult, is probalby cheaper than driving, and the children enjoyed the bus ride to the station, despite the fact there was a Luton Town football match on, and consequently we were somewhat besieged by visiting fans and police. It was all very good-natured, though.

We spent a happy afternoon dodging the showers, and enjoying the sights and sounds of the town, before we travelled home again in time for David to arrive. It certainly seems to have improved since I was last there, with some really ingenious means of entertaining the children, most enjoyable of which was a grid of nine metal squares that, when you jumped on each, it played a chime. Eleanor - not surprisingly - was hooked!

We also saw a wedding car that had bubbles coming from the exhaust (Christopher was intrigued!) and some sandstone sculptures that both children enjoyed climbing up and sliding down. Oh yes, we definitely had a good time! See below for some pictures, including the replacement sign for Falconers Road (as always, click for bigger versions!)

Christopher on the trainChris and Lenni on the sculptures in BedfordWedding car in BedfordEleanor - jumping girl!
Falconers Road sign - now correct

Posted by james at April 13, 2008 2:35 PM

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