On Thursday Jill and myself joined the 'real' world and toddled off to New Street Station to catch a train out to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) to see the BBC Good Food Show. The station was heaving with bodies, the train had only standing room and the NEC was very busy - not at all what we have grown accustomed to in our parallel lives... We headed straight for the produce area. Smoke houses with kippers, hams, bacon. salmon and garlic! We bought some smoked garlic bulbs and promised ourselves that we would return for some kippers and salmon.. onward we went. I tracked down a stall that was selling spices and herbs and managed to get the ground fennel I have trying to buy for ages, Jill bought new salt and pepper grinders. There were plenty of visitors that were walking around with large shopping trolley's and trade seemed to be brisk. There were an amazing number of school children ( in uniforms, so official visitors) about - why? I was struggling to get my head around the 'value' of a school trip to the BBC Good Food Show.
We caught the train back in to Brum at about half three and walked back to the boats through the Christmas Market ( German Style) eager for a cuppa and a chance to get our boots off. An interesting day.