Waterloo to St Pancras by underground takes about 30 minutes from train doors to barriers. fbb's leisurely and enjoyable bus journey extended that to 43 minutes. There is still the excessive trek to get to the trains ...
Of course there is a financial downside to using the bus. Unless you are an old codger like fbb, you have to pay whilst the underground fare is included in your through rail ticket. But maybe it's a fair price to pay for a more pleasant journey.
When fbb was a little sprog he was on Holiday with family at Colyton. Mum saw a sign to Blackberry Castle and arranged for Dad to drive the family there. There was no sign of a castle, just a few mounds of earth in a bit of woodland. It was later and more correctly known as Blackbury Camp.
This hillfort in Devon was built during the 4th century BC. It was used by an Iron Age tribal people, probably for several hundred years. Blackbury Camp had impressive ramparts, and the single entrance was protected by a large triangular earthwork or ‘barbican’. Now surrounded by woodland, the hillfort is a popular spot for picnics.
At this time of year it has another claim to fame; so fbb and Mrs paid a visit over the weekend.