So, with a further night of wild wind and rain approaching I thought it might be a good idea to write a few reassuring words about the conditions at Charcott Farmhouse. Yes, the garden is beyond soggy and coping with muddy Kent clay is not easy but we are dry, up high and well away from any flooding. The bottom of the drive has seen better days in spite of doing substantial re-topping last year and there is an intermittent extremely large puddle at the bottom of the road but otherwise we remain dry and warm. Our wonderful aga is keeping the kitchen toasty and means we are still able to dry the washing. Guest’s rooms are of course all individually centrally heated so are warm and welcoming and head chef is happily baking for tomorrow’s afternoon teas. The chickens are enjoying scratching around the garden as it’s just too wet to keep them in their run at the moment and now that the days are getting longer are starting to lay more eggs.
Meanwhile our thoughts are with all those in the west country and the Thames valley and we’re keeping our fingers tightly crossed that the Leigh flood barrier manages to keep Tonbridge safe when the storm hits tonight.
The picture above is one I took last weekend from the hill at Chiddingstone of the River Eden which had burst its banks and was looking very beautiful.