A train-ride up to Ashburnham

A train-ride up to Ashburnham

This will be brief. I’m in the third row from the very back of the 7am ‘Inter-city’ from Colombo Fort to Kandy and the bumps are worsening.

 

This is the ‘Observation Carriage’ – so called for the seats facing backwards to give views out through large well-cleaned windows. Observation won’t be so easy for those nearer the front (back?).*

In the field

In the field

It has, so far, been a wet year. The previous two were unusually dry but in 2018 the skies have poured.

 

Our guests have seemed to rather like it. I get nervous when it rains a lot but with the fire roaring and the gin flowing, weather anxiety seems to ebb quickly.

 

What’s more, people appreciate we’re on a tea estate, and wouldn’t be if it were dry all year. Reminding guests, and ourselves, of that fact has encouraged our thinking around what it means to be a ‘tea estate hotel’.