I left you all last time with plans laid out to get to two galas in one weekend. Oh if only it were that simple. Everything started really well. I reached the Nene Valley Railway near Peterborough early on after a long drive from West Yorkshire. The morning Sun was just shining through creating what can only be described as perfect morning light.
As the morning went on I grabbed a train to Ferry Meadows for some shots around that area. Most of my recent shots on this railway are from around Wansford and I wanted to try something else.
As you may guess from the photo above this event marked the last steaming before overhaul of the railways flagship engine 'The City of Peterborough'.
Anyway, back to the story. After I had finished at Ferry Meadows I got the train back to Wansford. This is where the trouble starts. Forgetting for a moment that I'm now a grown man I did what every 10 year old on a steam train does and stuck my head out of the window. No sooner had I done this than a lump of soot wedged itself firmly in my eye. This created a lot of pain as i struggled to get it out. Upon reaching Wansford, still struggling, I washed out my eye with a bottle of water. Still no luck!
After failing miserably for around 10 minutes I took one last photo of the departing 'City of Peterborough' before I gave up!
Not the best photo I've ever taken but not bad for a half blind man!
Luckily for me my Mum doesn't live to far away from Peterborough so I called in for a better way of getting soot out of my eye, cursing my luck I'd had to cut my day so short (it was only around midday). Unfortunately, whilst she possessed proper eye wash, three attempts at this still wasn't getting it out!
So that was that! I drove home that afternoon, before it got dark, still in pain and not really able to see out of my left eye. It wasn't until the next morning I managed to get the soot out, with of all things, a dampened cotton bud (kids, don't try this at home).
Whilst I did attend the East Lancs Gala the Sunday of this weekend the combination of bad weather and a sore eye meant I didn't take any photos worth uploading!
Thankfully though, I've just written this blog whilst waiting for photos from the Worth Valley Winter Gala to upload. They can now be found here (Worth Valley Winter Gala). You'll be pleased to know my eye is better and the weather is much improved!
Till next time...................