An odd mixture of visits, to a vineyard and heritage steam trains

Last week we journeyed to the High Weald of East Sussex and Kent with a group from Camberley & District Probus Club to visit Biddenden Vineyards and the Kent & East Sussex Railway.

The countryside North of coastal Rye up to Tenterden is unexplored by my wife and I, so it was a perfect opportunity for see it for ourselves.

Light, but steady, rain isn’t the ideal weather for a vineyard tour. Pleasingly, it didn’t affect the tasting, in the shop, of an excellent Gribble Bridge Rosé 2012. While I was imbibing my dear wife bought bottles of award winning wines, a white wine, Ortega 2012, and a red wine, Gribble Bridge Dornfelder 2012. I’ll provide some ‘amateur’ tasting notes when we drink them.

Meanwhile, the weather cleared up when the group arrived at Tenterden for a journey on the K&ESR heritage railway. I must say it’s a delightful, friendly, and much-loved railway. Here are some photos of the experience [click to enlarge]. Look, I’m a boy, and enjoy the whole steam engine thing.

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