Buying carpets is easy and it is not; you might be confused with this statement. You might be wondering what it is all about. Actually, if you go into a carpet shop to buy a carpet and you pick up whatever you want then carpet buying is easy for you. However, if you consider certain factors before choosing one for your home then it might not be that easy. Following are few things to keep on mind while buying a new carpet if you are based in Guildford.
When you go to a carpet shop then first keep the color theme of your home on mind. The color of carpet you choose for your dwelling place should be in complete sync with the furniture and furnishings of your home. If you are not sure about the color themes then consider getting a neutral colored carpet. Another factor to consider while buying carpets is the cost of it. You should set a budget of the carpets before you walk into the shop as they cost as less as few dollars to more than a thousand dollars. So it is important that you know what range of carpets you want. Length of the carpet should also be considered before you make the final purchase. The one you buy should perfectly fit in the required space and it should neither be big nor small but just right. The purpose of using the carpet is also important as there are different carpets available for different purposes. Think whether you want it just for decorative purpose or for something your children can play upon. The quality of the carpet is also important. They are available in different qualities to suit the needs of different customers. The price of the products vary with their quality, so when making a decision to buy carpets for your home then consider all the possible factors. If you are looking for Woking Carpets then please get in touch today and see if a member of our customer service team can assist you.
My Dad’s 50th birthday was coming up and I wanted to organise something special for him to celebrate in style and do something a bit different. Also because Mum didn’t want him having a mid-life-crisis because he felt he’d missed out on anything.
And ever since I was little, he’s always been mad about trains. Steam trains especially. He’s even got a massive train set up in the loft that he keeps threatening to complete when he retires, but that’s still a long way off yet.
So, I decided that I would organise some sort of steam train experience for him and began researching into all the various experience days available. But while steam train riding appeared very popular, finding somewhere which actually allows you to drive a steam train was more of a challenge.
Thankfully, I found that one of the heritage railways had a few train driving slots available on his actual birthday, well in advance.
Skip forward to the big day. Me, Mum and Dad arrived at the old Victorian railway station one cold and frosty November morning, before admiring the old locomotives, including a number of weathered old tank engines and an enormous Mallard, resplendent with several vintage coaches.
A man dressed as a Victorian station controller came to greet us and explain what we would be doing. But he was drowned out by a deafening hoot and the steam train we would be driving chugged into the station, smothering the platform with thick white smoke and steam.
And to top it all off, it was exactly the same as the black and red steam train I’d bought Dad for his train set, which had always been his favourite well over 20 years ago. What a coincidence!
It eventually came to a halt and two grinning men climbed down from the cab and made their way into the station café. That would be us in an hour’s time!
The station controller ushered us up the stairs and into the cab where we met Steve and Frank, two professional train drivers who work as volunteers on the heritage railway at the weekends. Steve showed Dad to the controls while Frank handed me a shovel and told me to get shovelling and how to throw coal into the fire.
We set off at a terrific speed, thundering along the country side. The sheer speed of the steam engine was exhilarating as we stuck our heads out the side of the cab and felt the freezing wind blow in our faces, while thick clouds of white smoke snaked overhead from the boiler and long the length of the five wooden carriages being pulled behind us.
After half an hour of shovelling coal and hitting the shovel as hard as possible against the open boiler door in order to fling coal as far down into the burning cylinder of fire as I could, we took a break at a little station further up the track in the traditional style.
We climbed down from the cab to be given a stool each to sit on, a mug of piping hot tea and a bacon sandwich each from a couple of guys renovating the old station, while Steve and Frank said we had earned ourselves a 10 minute break for a drink and something to eat before swapping jobs and heading back.
Good thing me and Dad are good at shovelling food into our mouths and downing hot drinks in a hurry!
Heading back was much easier, because driving a steam train is much like driving a car. It has all these different gears with a break, but it automatically goes as a speed dependent on the gear you select. Although you have to keep an eye on the pressure in the boiler and the amount of water on board. Because if the pressure builds up too high the boiler will explode. If the press falls too low, the boiler will implode and then explode. And if the water falls too low, you won’t be able to blow the whistle, which cools the boiler, which would stop it from exploding.
So driving a steam train is actually a lot scarier than you might imagine. But it was far less strenuous than shovelling coal!
We arrived back at the station with lots of noise and smoke as we hit the brakes and vented steam from the boiler with a deafening whistle, smothering the platform in billowing white smoke – where Mum was waiting for us after having lunch in the station café.
And like the guys before us, we thanked Steve and Frank for a fantastic time, before climbing down from the cab, grinning like a couple of idiots. But it really goes to show that an experience day really does make the best kind of gift that you can share with someone. Dad and I have been talking about our steam train experience ever since!
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