On Saturday we spent a truly wonderful day enjoying the sunshine, eating delicious cake, travelling in style and making new friends
We’ve been members of the Loughborough branch of the Clandestine Cake Club for over a year now – so we were super excited when we were invited to be involved in one of the launches for the club’s first recipe book
The club’s mission statement is simply: Bake, Eat and Talk about Cake
Our day started at the Leicester North station on the heritage line of the Great Central Railway, where we caught an old diesel train with Clandestine Cake Club founder Lynn Hill and local organiser Janet Currie…
The train took us past some lovely Leicestershire scenery but we were all chatting so much that we only really looked up to take in the beautiful Swithland Reservoir
It was lovely to spend time with Lynn in such a relaxing environment
Along the way B and Lynn discussed the quality of ingredients versus their cost (sparked by the horsemeat scandal!) and how lucky Leicester is to have such a vibrant food market
The Quorn and Woodhouse station has a 1940s theme – and is suitably decked out in wonderful vintage furniture and other items
We popped into the NAAFI Cafe for a cup of tea and more chatting – this time joined by another member Amy Watkins
The Cafe had been a previous location for the Loughborough CCC – and had inspired Janet’s Choo Choo Chai Cake, which is featured in the new book
Lynn talked a little more about why she set up the club and how it’s grown hugely since the first meet up in Leeds
She said how surprised she’s been by the positive reaction and just how big it’s got – but at the same time revealed herself to be a very clever woman, who know what she wants and is extremely social-networking savvy!
We loved that she was so keen to highlight that being retired doesn’t mean sitting around reading the newspaper – it’s actually a great opportunity to take on a project you really love (and you might even end up with a book deal!)
With time ticking on toward the book launch, Lynn and Janet jumped into Amy’s car and headed to Loughborough… while we continued along the railway tracks – this time by steam train!
B’s written about her love for train travel on the blog before – but there’s something particularly magical about travelling by steam – especially when you go under bridges and see the steam billowing past your window
And it was E’s first ever time!
When we arrived at Loughborough Station we couldn’t resist poking our heads around the station – and into the First Class dining cars waiting to depart…
And then it was just the short stroll to the bookshop for cake…