Town Mouse

In search of fudge

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

PEN­RITH is a Cum­brian town in­sep­a­ra­bly linked in my mind since child­hood with fudge; car jour­neys through it were al­ways bro­ken at a small—and still thriv­ing—shop in the town cen­tre. As a re­sult, I was full of an­tic­i­pa­tion when I found my­self stop­ping off in the town early this week. Might I be able to squeeze in a visit and se­cure some fudge?

In fact, leav­ing the sta­tion was far from straight­for­ward: it was swamped by rev­ellers re­turn­ing from the Ken­dal Call­ing fes­ti­val. They were tired but happy and cov­ered in mud af­ter a week­end of rain. At the en­trance to the sta­tion, there were vol­un­teers clean­ing them down with power hoses and the swirling mist of wa­ter vapour gave the im­pres­sion that I was emerg­ing into a crowded Turk­ish bath. To add con­fu­sion to the scene, some­one had a dog suf­fer­ing from stom­ach trou­ble. I hope the power hoses were able to help.

Any­way, what with the traf­fic and the other events of the day, I was, in the end, de­prived of my an­tic­i­pated visit. It’s a con­so­la­tion that we’ll be pass­ing through the town as a fam­ily later in the month, so I will get my fudge soon. The an­noy­ance is that I will then have to share the box. JG

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