Live from a train!



This week’s blog comes to you live from a train! I’m typing as I head into London to see a specialist for my back. This will be the only time I mention my bad back other than it hurts to type a little! Enough said!

Anyway, I haven’t been on a train for a while. I tend to travel by car most of the time because of the weird and wonderful varied hours I work. I also like knowing I can jump in the car at any time and head to any destination without worrying about times and changes and connections. Although, there have been so many road works of late and the M3 is having a huge amount done to it at the moment. Not entirely sure what though?

Charlie Brook on the train

This is my current view from my seat! The carriage is fairly empty, right now, which is just as well as I would need to seek permission from members of public to show their photo! And this is the view of me from the seat in front. I’m quietly tucking into a bag of onion rings and I’ve a banana and bottle of water to hand too!

Sitting on the train reminds me of the first time I took my son on his very first train journey. He was so excited. I think Thomas the Tank engine had something to do with it. When I was young it was Ivor the Engine! I was taking him to QVC to show him where Daddy worked. He was a little over three years of age and the train wasn’t to dissimilar to this one.

We were all alone in our carriage and passed through one stop after the other. We were joined a little later on by just one other passenger. A woman in her mid to late fifties stepped on board and took a seat opposite to me and my son. I was a little surprised as she had the entire carriage of empty seats, before her, but still chose to sit next to a Dad and his young chatty and very excited toddler.

The woman and I acknowledged each other with a polite smile and the journey duly carried on. Moments later my son noticed the newly arrived passenger who was now engrossed in her novel.

My son looked at her, then looked at me, then to her. Rather like watching a tennis rally he went back and forth. He then stared a little harder and longer at the woman and then back to me. I knew then, at that very moment, he was about to say something. Bearing in mind he was at the age when a toddler will simply say what they think without thinking it entirely through first!

Son: (sounding a little concerned!) ‘Daddy?’ he said…
Me: (trying my best to distract him) ‘Look, I think we’re about to see some cows in the field’
Son: (sounding more concerned) ‘Daddy, I think we have to move’
Me: (trying harder) ‘ look, I can see some cows…
Son: (speaking even louder but with the utmost innocence and yet fear in his voice) ‘Daddy, I think we have to move now – I’m really worried about the look of the scary lady! (Now whispering) I’m really, really afraid!’

Thankfully, the woman in question took it with great humour and we both smiled and luckily for my son (and the passenger) the next stop was ours! Phew!

Speaking of cows, I haven’t seen any yet on this journey but my stop is just a few minutes away so I’d better sign off. I’m hoping to be back on air in the near future. So hopefully see you soon 🙂

Cuddling cairn terriers

I’m on Twitter where I’ll keep you updated with the escapades of my two mischievous Cairns! This is one of my favourite photos of them cuddled together :-). I’m @mecharliebrook

Take care

Charlie x


  1. catriona boyd October 15, 2015 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    hope you recover soon . the dogs are beautiful. take care.

  2. Debby Slauenwhite October 16, 2015 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    Afternoon Charlie.
    Good to see your up and about now [ even if it was on a train to see a specialist ]. At least your not stuck in a chair or bed unable to move. Hopefully you’ll be back some time after the half term. Hope so as Bella will be watching her usual show [ Charlie Bears] as it shows your due to host it. Oops hope both the dogs didn’t investigate the foxes ???
    Butter wouldn’t melt ???. Thankfully Bella is out of that now.
    Take care.
    Love Debby and whoofs from Bella

  3. Jean Pugh October 16, 2015 at 8:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie,
    Sorry to hear about your back, I no what it is like, pretty painful.

    Hope to see you back at QVC soon, so wishing you a speedy recovery. All that lovely food you have been missing lately.

    Gorgeous picture of your two Cairns.

    Take care.

    Love Jean x

  4. Dawn Sinclair October 18, 2015 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Have missed seeing you on QVC and am checking out your blog to see what you’re up to. It appears you are off ill so hope you make a full recovery soon and back on screens in the near future. Dawn x

  5. Chantel briody October 18, 2015 at 11:26 pm -  Reply

    Come back soon Charlie no pun intended we the viewers miss you I only watch qvc now when you and dale are on u both make me laugh xxx

  6. Sue Cope October 21, 2015 at 10:46 am -  Reply

    Hi Charlie sorry to read about your bad back you must be really fed up by now. I do hope the specialist was some help and you will soon be back on qvc. I bet your cairns are missing you taking them for their walks. Anyway chin up keep smiling and laughing hope to see you again soon on TV. Your shows always make me smile. Take care Sue x

  7. Charlie Brook October 21, 2015 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

    Hello Catriona

    Thank you for your kind words.

    Best wishes

    Charlie 🙂

  8. Charlie Brook October 21, 2015 at 7:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debby and whoofs to Bella!

    There’s hope yet! They may grow out of rolling in fox deposits! I do hope so!
    I adore Charlie Bears and can’t wait to see them back on air!

    Hope little Bella is well!

    I’ll be on air soon!

    Take care

    Charlie 🙂

  9. Charlie Brook October 21, 2015 at 7:14 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jean, thanks for getting in touch.

    The pain is easing and I’ll be back soon!

    I’m making up for missing all the food shows at home!! Love my food!

    So glad you like the photo.

    Best wishes


  10. Charlie Brook October 21, 2015 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    Hello Dawn,

    Thanks for your message… I’m hoping to be on air very soon!

    Fingers crossed!!

    Best wishes


  11. Charlie Brook October 23, 2015 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    Hello Chantel,

    Thanks for getting in touch and I hope to be back very, very soon!

    Take care

    Charlie 🙂

  12. Charlie Brook October 23, 2015 at 4:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sue and thanks for your kind words.

    My Cairns really, really miss our walks together, and so do I, but hopefully we’ll be back out there soon and back on air too!

    Best wishes


  13. mandy jennings October 25, 2015 at 1:22 pm -  Reply

    hi charlie your dogs are so cute just like mine hope your back gets better soon take care mandyxxx

  14. Sue October 25, 2015 at 1:29 pm -  Reply

    Hope all went well with your specialist, wishing you a speedy recovery, I simply adore your photo of your cairn terriers. Look forward to seeing you back on our screens.

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