Now in The UK

This is my 5th visit in the UK and I’m now staying at a hotel named Egypt Mill in Nailsworth.A jetlag forced me to wake up around 2 AM and I am boiling water for my hot chocolate.

Arriving at Heathrow airport in the morning of 6th March, I headed for Peterborough. There was a Precision Farming event and two of our suppliers exhibited their stands.  Actually, farming is now gradually changing its method and more and more farmers are installing some advanced equipment which utilizes GPS and ISOBUS systems on their tractors and implements to control their productivity and cost efficiency.   There were a lot of young farmers accompanying their farther and they were looking at those cutting-edge-equipment with eager curiosity.  I joined a couple of seminars and enjoyed gaining knowledge about how they are working on the agricultural machines.  They were some sort of “must learn” technic for us because farmers in our Island Hokkaido is now getting bigger and bigger. They are completely different from the farmers in other areas in Japan.

This time, I’m travelling by train.  I left Peterborough in the late afternoon of 7th March and came to Stroud, Gloucestershire via London. At King’s Cross railway station, I was told I had to change from underground to national railway at Paddington.  On the plat form 3 at Paddington, there was a train leaving around 5 PM for Bristol.  I jumped on it and found a seat on  a standard coach.

Reading a novel that I brought from Japan, I sometimes enjoyed the scenery through the window. About 40 minutes later, a conductor came in and everybody showed him tickets. When I showed mine, he put a trouble expression on his face and said, ” Sir, your are on a wrong train”.  ” Well, I’m going to change the train at Swindon, am I?”, I asked him.  “No, this train doesn’t go to Swindon” he replied.

“Gosh! What’ll I do?” I mumbled.

Everybody around was watching a poor middle aged Japanese man.

The conductor said “don’t worry Sir, I check the other train schedule for you”.  And he gave me a piece of paper which my new itinerary was written on.  “You are going to get off the train at West Burry and go to Bath. And then take another train for Swindon”.  There were exact time each train leaves and plat form numbers.

Thank to him, I could see the town of Bath which I used to know the name of it on a student textbook at my English class before I was employed at my current office. It was beautiful and I wanted to visit there in the future with my family.

No travel is completely risk-free, and therefore, unexpected encounter with those stunning sceneries and kind people could become a highlight of the travelling.

Leaving Stroud this evening, I will stay a night near Heathrow and catch a flight for Japan tomorrow early morning.

About Leo JJ8KGZ
Born in Hokkaido Japan. Name; Hiroto Tsukada I'm an enthusiast of a communication utilizing CW, Morse Code. An amateur radio operator since 1992. Have 3 children. An importer of Agricultural Machinery. Love traveling.

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