When I visited Overbecks, the National Trust property, a previous post here, I was amused on several counts. In the first instance I was amused and grateful because I got free tea, I like tea anytime, especially free tea.
The reason for my tea entitlement was that I hadn’t arrived at the property by car, its an incentive for visitors to use public transport and shanks’s pony, a greener option, but not the reason for the Green Ways name. What amused me was the through interrogation I got from the National Trust Volunteer manning the entrance, she was an archetypal National Trust volunteer* and she wasn’t giving away tea vouches without due process. I passed the test, I arrived by boat at North Sands and then walked (I thought for a moment she was going to ask me about the carbon foot print of bobbing about the Salcombe estuary** in an inflatable dinghy with a very modest sized outboard (ask Tom, he wants more power!). Access and tea were granted.
I laughed about loud at a conversation I heard between a little girl, aged about 8 and her dad. The girl was completing a quiz about Overbecks, the questions were scattered around the garden.
She was struggling a bit with the question ‘what sort of cargo would you like to have on your pirate ship’ dad offered words of encouragement, ‘Go on then, what do you think pirates today might steal?’ She thought for a little while before declaring ‘Gold and errrr, pieces of eight; and when they’d stolen them they’d sell them on eBay.’
I liked and was amused by the handrail along a set of steps (surely a later addition to the original Edwardian design? You see, I should have bought the handbook the lady on the gate tried to sell me)
Back home some of our local farmers make a habit of driving their tractors over 5 bar gates, I must suggest this to them as an outlet for the resale mangled galvanised gates.
* I was tempted to take a photo of the lady in question, I’m sure she’d been sent from central casting; but it seemed a little unkind.
** Yes, I know, its not an estuary its a ria