This photo, taken from the train shows that clouds are gathering.
A blue sky with big white clouds alternates with a sky overcast with leaden-hued cloud cover.
That is how it is in this land where the weather is reputed to be a favourite topic of conversation. Drive a few miles further on and the weather is quite different.
We have made a stop at Leamington Spa.
This name is pronounced much as you would expect except for the first syllable which rhymes with the lem in “lemon”. The name is confidently ascribed to the Anglo-Saxon lemen-tun, “farm on the river Leam”.
The chalybeate (iron-bearing) waters here were known since Roman times and are what have given the town its designation of a spa. (The original Spa, in case you have ever wondered, was the town of that name in Belgium.)
We shall shortly arrive at our destination. More later.