In spite of Boris’s voice booming out as soon as you enter or leave any station in London, the transport system never failed me last week when I went up for granddaughter’s end of term concert and a visit to Tate Britain with friends to see the last day of the Picasso exhibition. I am so grateful for all the travel concessions I get as a pensioner. Travelling free on local trains and all buses throughout the country on my Travel Pass keeps me on the move at no financial cost to myself. The Senior Rail card gives a third off all rail travel and the Oyster card for London Transport saves money and queuing for tickets.
One of the great pleasure in being retired and mobile lies in being able to travel around and maintain contact with friends and family. The Junior school concert and Egyptian display were a delight. The Picasso exhibition was interesting but the facilities and signing at Tate Britain are poor. My friend and I sat in the makeshift cafe with our polystyrene cups of watery coffee sounding like Grumpy OldWomen while we worried as to what overseas visitors must think.
Lovely weekend with family and good journey home on the train being entertained by a six year old boy from South Africa who loved being in England because of the ‘cool rain’ and who had an encyclopaedic knowledge of cricket.