My elder daughter lives in Westbury-sub-Mendip, between Wells and Cheddar. The nearest station is in Castle Cary, some dozen miles away - not more than a halt on the main line from London to South Devon. But all the fast trains stop there - they go every couple of hours from Paddington and it takes just 90 minutes. So I thought that I would just pop down for lunch not having seen her and her family since I returned from Chicago at the end of August.
I was to have gone on Sunday but the weather has been brutal and the floods devastating for parts of the county of Somerset. But the train ran on time and I had a good uncrowded quiet trip down there.
We all went off from Castle Cary to a pub in the delightful village of Ditcheat. Here was yet another undiscovered gem of which there are so many in England. And of course it had a great pub - the Manor House Inn. Wednesday lunch is not the busiest time so we had the kitchen to ourselves!
I am now back in London for the evening.