... Hatch Green Coaches as operator. Does the 9 still exist? With no operator to check, and no chance of anything much from the county, there was only one option; to return to Crewkerne, lurk menacingly on a street corner and see what turned up. Domestic negotiation revealed that the Christmas Gift Buying Department (aka Mrs fbb) would quite like a visit to M and Co to source jumper for No 3 son. So on Friday the search for both led back to Crewkerne.
Look, a little knot of four. Were they waiting?
After a brief interlocutory interlude, blue and pink shuffled off. But grey (light) and Grey (dark) were joined by others soon after.
Pale blue had arrived, plus man with trilby and dog and man with baseball cap. Exciting isn't it? Man with baseball cap then strode off leaving four (or five if you include dog) potential passengers. Then it arrived!
WA60 EWC pulled in at 1048 and disgorged six passengers! The four attendees (plus dog) sprang into action and boarded white bus man's Iveco.
It had no destination blind ...
... and the other windscreen label was illegible beneath he windscreen wiper. It had a fare table plus a stern warning about the carriage of dogs being "at the driver's discretion" ...
... but no legal lettering claiming ownership. (Doesn't that make the whole operation illegal?) Stuck on the side was a tatty notice also proclaiming route 009 and the tattiness suggested that it (and the vehicle) had been through numerous mechanical washing contrivances.
(£1.50 off peak per carful!).
Whilst his good lady successfully completed the festive gift purchases, fbb paid an inspectorial visit to the bus station. The (un)dramatic transmogrification of First Bus into Buses of Taunton and/or Somerset showed signs of moving forward at its customary low speed. But, there were more buses (60% in the 45 minutes of chilly observation, 75% if you count the non-standard Park and Ride) in green and less in dented off-white, pink and purple.
But, in a speedy move taking only 9 months, the enquiry office-cum-waiting room is now complete in all its sumptuous luxury. We now have slime green armchairs (very cumfy) ...
... and plastic wood-effect floor. Near the enquiry window were perilous slime green bar stools (very precarious) ...
... and a token plastic white-with-fake-frost-effect tree.
So, slowly but unsteadily, Buses of Somerset is taking shape.
Maybe it will all be finished just in time for a complete change of brand or image?
my soul is glad because of God my Saviour,
From now on all people will call me happy,
because of the great things the Mighty God has done for me.
His name is holy.
From one generation to another
he shows mercy to those who honor him.
He has stretched out his mighty arm.
But why reject?
An omnipotent God who is outside of our space and time, whose abilities transcend the so-called "laws" of physics, can do anything he wants. Making a baby is "seemples" compared with creating a universe!
It is the central miracle of Christmas that makes it worth celebrating.