Monday, 16 December 2013

Train mystery

This morning on the train, I watched, somewhat bemused as a passenger started to hang photographs from the roof of the carriage. I recognised one of them as the guard from the previous morning. I asked her what she was doing and she explained that on the last week before Christmas, the train passengers decorated the train with Christmas decorations. The train has regular commuters and the train company gives permission for the passengers to decorate their regular seat. The commuters also collect gifts to put under the Christmas tree in carriage no 4, to be distributed to a children's charity on the route. At the end of Christmas week, the train company gives a prize to the best decorated seat. One executive transformed his seat into a sleigh, two ladies had a snowman scene, others started with tinsel and baubles and hung snowflakes and streamers from the deck head. This Thursday, all the passengers enjoy a glass of wine on the way home. I can't wait to see what else transpires in carriage 4 for the next two days. Given that this is a farming area, I will be genuinely looking for tame alpaca, deer and sheep boarding with their owners.

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