WEDNESDAY 15TH APRIL 2009
We were woken with a bang at 7am. A thunder storm was passing directly over us, just the sound of the rain on the roof was deafening and one of the continuous lightening strikes was so close that the sound was a huge POP!!!, at the same time as the flash. I thought for a moment that the TV aerial had taken a direct hit but as the standby light on the TV was still glowing, obviously not. I assured Jacquie that we were as safe as boats, being inside our own Faraday Cage and the storm departed and quickly as it arrived.
This was the first real opportunity to test the hatch’s non-drip lip and I can report that apart from a little drip that ran down the side of the hatch, my neck stayed dry, success!!
By early afternoon the sun slowly emerged and we went for a walk to Prior Marston. After leaving the canal at Lock 16 it was about a mile and a half along the road, but what a delight awaited us. Firstly charming stone cottages and then impressive three and four story houses all solidly built in warm natural stone and surrounded by converted coach houses and now all lit by generous dollops of sunshine.
This idyllic village even boasted a smart pub/restaurant, The Holly Bush, which sadly was not open, but we will bear it in mine for another time. Our visit was made even more perfect, for whilst sitting upon a bench on the little village green a tiny deer popped out of a drive, just to our right and skittered nervously across the road.