The Miller's Tale.

It's been a good time for the Royals. The Wedding, showed that even "backs to the wall" Britain, when it came to ceremonies and State rituals was peerless in the execution of such events. The rain was not allowed to ' rain on their parade '; the snaps were taken; the media and crowd went home happy and within hours factories in south east Asia were ' knocking off ' copies of the Wedding Dress.

The newly titled Duke and Duchess of Cambridge de-camped to Anglesey, in Wales; thereby allowing Duke William to keep his eye on his father's kingdom.

The aforementioned Prince of Wales, managed   to have a few words with the President, in Washington ensuring that his organic food products, "Duchy Originals" were reaching the White House and no doubt giving the President tips on the 'Greening of the U.S.'.

With Electoral Reform, off the menu for another generation, the 'great and the good' went back to the shires, content with a job well done.

The crowd pleasing and effortlessly urbane Henry Cecil; collector of silk ties and toy soldiers, found himself in the winner's enclosure, at flat racing's headquarters, Newmarket;  which itself  was the creation of King James1 in the 17th Century.

Henry was there, because his horse Frankel, had just won the first classic of the season, The 2,000 Guineas. A master of the understatement he declared his horse " was quite good you know.".

Quite good indeed ! Frankel had won the race by six lengths ( first time ever by such a distance in this race) and he was purported to have beaten the Newbury train in a training gallop.

His next race looks to be the St. James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot; where his attendance will inspire crowd numbers and probably lead to further sales of silly hats.

It is also rumoured the The Queen has a possible Derby winner  with her colt Carlton House. The Royal Trainer, Sir Michael Stoute, is cautiously optimistic. All will be revealed this week when the horse races in the Derby trial , The Dante  at York, on the Knavesmire (named thus, because in olden times traitors were hanged there. ) We shall see.

So it was that yesterday 7th May, I found myself near Tetbury, in the 'Royal Triangle ', close to Highgrove, Charles and Camilla's residence, on the trail of organic flour, at Shipton Mill.

I was certainly glad that I had used the above web-link, in order to find directions to this mill.

The road to Malmesbury is taken from Tetbury, passing through the village of Long Newnton and past the turning to Charlton on the left.
 Here I quote. " A short distance further there is a lay-by on the right, with a single large ivy covered old tree at the end of it. At the end of the lay-by is a rough track. Turn right down this track and Shipton Mill is at the bottom; the offices are on the left."
Without the benefit of this information, the Mill would  be hard to spot, as there are no road signs to indicate its whereabouts; very discreet indeed.

 Naturally, the mill has Royal Patronage.

Taken through a window, the actual machinery.

The flour ? sublime and reasonably priced at £2.30 for 1.5Kg.

Happy Baking !




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