I have to admit that Darrell does have a certain charm where ladies the are concerned, so when Julia, T, Helen and Sarah asked him to join them for a Saturday Girlie Shopping Trip and Luncheon in Stafford last week, who was he to refuse them his company and savior faire!
However he was a little nervous as the Bangha Bus doesn’t go as far as Stafford, which meant that he had to catch two trains to get there, something he has never done on his own before!
The time to change trains was tight, so Darrell was a little anxious waiting for his first train to arrive, but as the first leg of his journey from our village into town only takes about five minutes he had no real need to worry.
Darrell’s anxiety levels did not abate however because the conductor failed to come round for Darrell to buy his ticket ….and he was petrified that he would be fined hundreds of pounds for fare dodging with everyone looking on when he tried to get through the barrier at Wolverhampton ….
The gods must have been smiling on Darrell though because there was no one checking for tickets when he arrived and he was quickly able to finally purchase a ticket for the rest of his journey minutes before the Stafford train arrived……
The ladies were already seated when Darrell arrived at The Bear Grill, their restaurant of choice and had already ordered him a lemonade with ice and a slice anticipating that he might be a touch overwrought after his first train journey with changes.
However, all was soon forgotten as Darrell was proffered a very large menu to peruse.
….. and after much deliberation and erring and umming, he eventually plumped for bacon and black pudding salad with a balsamic glaze and mixed leaves, followed by Chicken Caesar salad – chargrilled chicken breast topped with grilled crispy bacon, anchovies, parmesan and croutons …… a lot of salad type stuff, but after the excesses of Christmas Darrell has been keen to get back to our 5 a day regime! So robust was his resolve that he turned down the invitation to 2 Knickerbocker Glories and 4 spoons, and that must have been very hard for him!
Darrell said that time had just flown in such pleasant and entertaining company but was a little taken aback upon leaving the restaurant to find that it was dark … and NO shopping had been done!!! Oh well, they’ll just have to do it all again ….. the next Saturday!