You know what it’s like for a royal going about their business. One minute you’re learning to be a barista, the next you’re starting at a wall of silage. That’s just what happened to the Countess of Wessex as she headed to Cumbria for a day of engagements.
Sophie spent Wednesday in the county and, as many of us do mid week, started off with quite a lot of coffee. Her first port of call was John Farrer and Co, an independent coffee and tea merchants based in Kendal. It’s marking its 200th anniversary this year and Sophie helped get the celebrations started by officially beginning production of a special blend of coffee being made for the milestone.
That was the easy part. The Countess was then given a tour of the brand new Wessex Training Suite where she heard about the techniques needed to produce a perfect cup of coffee. She donned an apron and got to work, crafting her own coffee under the watchful gaze of experts.
The next engagement for the Countess of Wessex was at the Bendrigg Trust near Kendal which provides outdoor activities and opportunities for people with disabilities. She met children from Percy Hedley School who were enjoying some of the adventures on offer at the centre and heard about the Trust’s work in the area.
The final engagement for Sophie in Cumbria took her to Lords Plain Farm near Kendal and that, unsurprisingly, is where the silage came in. As the official Royal Family Twitter account helpfully reminded us, silage is ‘grass or green fodder’ which is stored over the winter for use as animal feed. The Countess of Wessex donned a fetching pair of blue gloves and got down to the business of attending the judging of the Westmorland Agricultural Society’s Annual Silage Competition. She’s been the society’s patron since 2018 so Sophie and silage might yet become a regular sight.
There was also a chance for the countess to meet some of the animals at the farm on this last stop of the day and she spent time, too, with some schoolchildren who were taking part in a workshop on nutrients in food production.
The Countess of Wessex’s next scheduled engagements are in Cornwall on February 7th 2019.