An Omnibus

I have always liked that word for some strange reason. I know not why. 

It seems to apply to today's post .

As yesterday (Thursday) was forecast to be the only day this week without heavy rain we decided to take the bus into Douglas.  There were a couple of errands to run  and I wanted to have a mooch around the shops. 

Although it sounds counter intuitive,  we drove the 5 minutes to our nearest village to catch the bus. The timetables mean that the buses are more frequent from there, every half hour, but only passing the end of our lane every hour or so. There is ample parking right beside the village bus stop in each direction so easy peasy.

I scanned my shiny new Silver Go bus pass and enjoyed the 30 minute cruise into town. For some reason the lyrics from Paul Simon's "America"  popped into my head and became an ear worm for the rest of the day.   It even kept me awake half the night.

We arrived at the Sea Terminal at morning coffee time so popped into Costa for a refreshment stop before walking into town.

As expected, P became bored very quickly once the items on his list had been ticked off and I could feel waves of "Get a b****y move on"  coming at me each time I stopped to browse.

I gave up at midday so we had a very quick lunch and rushed back to the bus interchange to catch the 12:37 back.

Yesterday evening was the annual dinner for the Wildlife Trust Shop volunteers. This year it was held at the local golf club so only a five minute drive away.

Two courses for £16.50, which was very reasonable.  The chairman very generously provided all the wine and drinks as his farewell contribution after retiring from the Trust due to health reasons. We shall miss him. He is a very kind man, a gentleman in the true meaning of the word.

Today, Friday, is going to be a cleaning and tidying up day as we have 6 friends coming to supper tomorrow.  I expect most of tomorrow will be spent in the kitchen.

16 comments:

  1. Looking out of the window and at other people, and generally daydreaming on a bus is very pleasant so long as you're not in a rush.

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    1. Everything looks slightly different from the bus window. Perhaps it's because we are higher up or just that we have more time to take in our surroundings rather than concentrate on the road conditions. People watching is fun too.

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  2. You could avoid all that cooking time by purchasing several ready meals. Your guests would never know. Oh, and by the way:-
    Cathy, I said as we boarded a Greyhound in Pittsburgh
    Michigan seems like a dream to me now...
    or
    JayCee, I said as we boarded a Vannin Connect bus in St John's
    Knocksharry seems llke a dream to me now...

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  3. So, you really are a Russian spy after all!

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  4. Hope you have a great time with your friends. Wish we had a bus or even a pub near us. The joys of rural living or not.

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    1. Perhaps you could start your own pub? Grow hops and brew your own beer and spirits then invite everyone round to yours?

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  5. Having someone breathing down your neck makes any shopping a real trial.
    Hope the dinner is enjoyable and you get help with the cleaning up

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    1. Yes, I really should go shopping on my own next time.
      At least he is helping me with the cleaning and will also help out tomorrow.

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  6. Ear worms are the worst thing aren't they. I haven't had one for a while, hope it's gone now, lol
    Briony
    x

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    1. Nope. Still there...
      "Laughing on the bus. Playing games with the faces. She said the man in the gabardine suit was a spy. I said, "Be careful, his bowtie is really a camera"
      Make it go away!!!

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  7. My Dad had a book called ‘ Not at Night Omnibus ‘ ...... it was lots of horror short stories ..... I always used to sneak it out and read it under the covers in bed !!!! I can still remember some of the stories !!!
    If I start singing another song, maybe you will lose yours !
    Hope you had a lovely supper .... nothing nicer. XXXX

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    1. Did you manage to sleep after reading those stories???
      My ear worm has wriggled off now. I think all those glasses of fizz last night chased it away.

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  8. The coldest I have ever been in my life was on a bus from Peel to Ramsey. It's a long story and one I have tried to erase from my memory for 60 years.

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    1. Oh dear. I would like to hear that story sometime Graham if you can bear to relate it.
      The buses are all heated nowadays, in fact it was too hot on the bus we took and we had to undo our coats.

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  9. I love my bus pass! I hope you get lots of opportunities to use yours on the mainland as well....
    xxx

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