A familiar revisit to Erddig Hall , Bryn Y Grog Antiques and an unknown farm.

3 Sep

Today, Sunday, the weather is very damp but still quite warm, so yesterday’s decision to make the most of some of the last (?) of the summer sunshine was correct. We abandoned plans to complete painting our old style wooden window frames and headed for the comfort and familiarity of a walk around Erddig Hall near Wrexham.

Now, we live directly alongside the A525. This runs through Whitchurch all the way past Bryn Y Grog Antiques to Wrexham. Erddig Hall is somewhere behind Bryn Y Grog in a loop of narrow lanes with poor visibility. The lanes are high sided and the vanishing point whilst driving means your speed needs to be drastically reduced to avoid nasty encounters with other travellers. Because of the confusing similarities in these lanes, I set my little Garmin sat nav for Erddig. Boy, did it make some stupid decisions !

It initially tried to send us via Nantwich and a sizeable further distance. We eventually turned onto the loop of lanes at Marchwiel and expected to arrive within minutes. The Garmin took us on a weird, convoluted trek through the dodgy high risk roads. Eventually we reached the end of an unmade, dirt road with our indicated path being a green lane, overgrown with grass and meadow flowers. OK with a sump guard and high rise suspension but not so cool with low profile tyres. I have not changed the settings and these glitches just seem to appear from nowhere now and then. Is it me or does this not bode well from artificial intelligence (A.I) , “driverless” cabs and lorries ? Surely they will use the same satellites and Garmin (garbage ???) road mapping software??

We had three, near misses in the lanes. Two young men, driving way too fast. I tucked into the side and both shrieked past, one of them actually laughing at the close call. The third was a middle aged lady, going so fast that she could not stop and in an obvious panic, she swerved hard into a steep sided bank of earth and must have damaged her paintwork, sills and doors. She did not stop but just carried on regardless. It leaves me puzzled…………..

After resetting the destination back to Marchwiel we did find signs to Erddig and enjoyed a National Trust lunch and a walk in the very warm sunshine. Lovely ! Our membership had expired unexpectedly and we had to renew there and then.

We called in to Bryn Y Grog Hall to top up our winter supply of small hardwood “logs” for our cooking range. They sell offcuts just the right size to slot through the front of the cast iron stove. A huge heavy bag fo not unreasonable money. I did of course, burst the bag on my way out to the Kampa and had to pick up the spilled timber with a red face. Nothing new there then !!!!

Bizarrely, looking forward to the colder weather when we test out our slow cooking recipes on the cast iron range and also my ideas for a temperature boosting system for baking pizza and breads in the tiny oven. 

Next stopover in the Kampa though, will be this week’s Tour of Britain Bike Race, already underway. Better get my maps out and my larger but more “sensible” , cheaper sat nav. Aimed at truckers, it usually does the job. Like a good ,honest, human, lorry driver, not some half baked “A.I” software…………………….


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