We waited for a lull in the rain, that was lashing into the chalet, and the wind that was causing the palm to lilt at a 45 degree angle. Inevitably the weather ceased but we knew it wouldn’t be long before the next round of rain so we jumped into the car and headed down the back lane. Rivers of muddy water were already cascading along the verges; after nine weeks of rain the fields are saturated and there isn’t anywhere for the excess water to go but to run off the gullies made by the tractor tyres and head into the road. Instead of carrying along the back lane where the dips ahead would provide deeper flooding we headed towards the main road at the next turning left thinking that would be the best bet. Even on the main road into Millbrook there were waterfalls of rain oozing out of the hedges and onto the road until it became a single file to steer clear of the build up on the sides of the road.
We were heading for Mount Edgecombe to use a Christmas gift at Earl’s Garden a complimentary therapy centre in the stable block within Edgecombe Park. We had decided to leave early because of the weather but, as many sane people had stayed indoors, we arrived in more than good time and had some minutes to kill. We headed for the stables that house not only a tea rooms but a shop that is an Aladdin’s cave for gifts.
A pot of decaf tea and gluten free brownie ( January detox!) was the perfect anecdote to the weather and we found lots of lovely things at the Upcycled Home Company including one or two gifts for chalet friends. Even with the weather as it was we weren’t the only people in the park, hardy walkers were also having a cuppa or late lunch and it made me feel a whole lot better…oh and the Thai foot massage was pretty good too!
- Earl’s Garden, the Barrow Centre, Mount Edgecombe
- The Upcycled Home, the Old Coach House
- The Stables Tea rooms, the Old Stables