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Best gardening equipment that I have seen for a while!

Best gardening equipment that I have seen for a while!

Well the elections are done and dusted, and there is nothing left for Liberal Democrats to do but to turn to drink.

Luckily, here in Sussex, we have some of the finest premium sparkling wines in the world on our doorstep, and what better way to hammer a public sector salary than to buy a bottle or two?!

Happily, I am still finding wines that I have not yet tried and there are numerous vineyards that I have not yet visited across our rarefied county.  I am hoping very much that the summer months will allow for a trip or two.

And of course there is always a random, choice find, to brighten the day!

I had been on the road to Hellingly the other morning, taking a little scallywag of mine to the Herstmonceux Observatory, and we decided to stop at Lime Cross Nursery.

Well if you haven’t stopped at Lime Cross Nursery before, let me tell you, you are missing a lovely place to stop.  Take a look: http://www.limecross.co.uk

The plants and garden paraphernalia seem to be of very good order, and there is a little coffee shop which does quite acceptable and reasonable coffee (drink in, or take away), and – would you believe it – there is a table of produce in the middle of the shop which included a wine rack.

[This is my kind of garden accoutrement, I thought.]

There, standing before me, was a clutch of bottles of the local brew – Henners sparkling wine – of Herstmonceux.  And here they are: http://www.hennersvineyard.co.uk

I had no idea that there was a vineyard in Herstmonceux.

And not only did their 2010 vintage have an extremely classy livery, but the wine was delicious too.

I saved my scrappily written notes – ‘blizzard of bubbles; light gold; floral nose; almonds; cut grass; orangey palate; not too gaseous’.

Perhaps I am wrong, but my recollection was that it was high percentage Pinot Noir.

An experience certainly to savour.  Particularly as there was not much change from three tenners.


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