Hatherleigh Carnival falls this weekend. It’s a fantastic event in the heart of Devon featuring burning tar barrels rolled through the town, Town Crier and silver band competitions and an incredible number of floats made by loving parents, active communities and energetic young farmers throughout the South West.
As Hatherleigh is 8 miles from Soak-hampton, Britain’s wettest town, I thought it was time to give my Barbour some long overdue love. Inherited from Mum, and purchased 26 years ago, the tin of thornproof dressing it came remained untouched. Ooops. There’s nothing that labels you out as coming from up-country as much as a new waxed jacket, so this way I should have the best of both worlds; a smart country look in a comfy old jacket and remain snug and dry as the inevitable drizzle descents during the parade.
Once again, the Aga has come into it’s own, both for warming wax and setting the dressing overnight.
• Warm the wax, either in hot water or on an Aga dome. Cover a solid surface with newspaper or similar (I used my filthy craft PVC cloth).
• Rub the wax sparingly into the jacket until gleaming, paying attention to worn areas, stitching and seams. I did sleeves, pockets, fronts then back, in that order. Spread the jacket flat and use plenty of elbow grease.
• Hang the jacket in a warm place overnight.
How easy was that! 40 mins and a £200 jacket has a whole new life.