Today's jaunt into deepest darkest Wiltshire was full of surprises! Happily ensconced in the passenger seat admiring the open landscape disappearing into the gloom of a murky day..and anticipating the rich steamy coffee and sticky bun that was the carrot leading me to Marlborough, I was suddenly woken from my sweet reverie by the sudden halt of the car in a layby..Not exactly picnic weather I thought to myself.. but no.. no such hedonistic pursuits for me.. I was shown to the boot whereupon I was told to don walking boots and instructed in jolly spiffing 'Famous Five' tones that we were to climb "Long Barrow' hill to see an ancient burial chamber. Much as I stamped my foot and complained thus that I was cold and feeling just a little bit feeble it was to no avail.. I was marched in ' you have no choice' manner up the hill to a distant stone monolith... Oh what joy! My carefully planned day of licking windows and drinking coffee in Polly Tea Rooms was cut short by the numbing cold and the frogmarch to an unknown destination..
Well... 5,500 years old and mighty impressive was the burial chamber and I managed to smile for a photo even despite the blowing gale and sub zero temperatures.. I galloped contentedly down the hill to the waiting steed and we continued our journey towards mecca.. Polly Tea Rooms..
On arriving in Marlborough.. pretty bustling market town.. I was told the parking meter didn't work and we had limited time to do the necessaries in town.. buy stamps, noodles for supper and drink the much desired cup of coffee...
Polly Tea Rooms was hot and fuggy with cold noses defrosting and the tip of my nose just managed to thaw lightly whilst waiting in a queue for an available table... alas time ticked by and time ran out... so did my dream cup of coffee and sticky bun.. back to the car and home again James.. don't spare the horses!
Thursday, 25 October 2007
Posted by Cowboys and Custard at 9:06 pm