(Editor’s note: For new readers to Chandler’s Ford Today, just to say that once in a while this site has kind of become Sri Lanka Today, while our well-loved writer from Chandler’s Ford travelled to Sri Lanka as analysing snake poisons seems to be a fun hobby when you retire.
A few more interesting stories from Sri Lanka will soon appear in the next few days. Happy reading!)
To get to our house in Kandy we have to go through a tunnel. The alternative is a 3 km detour. The other day we had the Granddaddy of Tropical Storms with torrential rain from 3.00 pm until about 3.00 am. In the morning the tunnel was blocked and we had to get to work via another route.
The rain had brought down a landslip with earth and trees and a large boulder. Luckily no one was underneath at the time.
By lunch, the trees and mud had been cleared but the boulder stayed put. Traffic can move in single file around it. Our supermarket is at the other end of the tunnel and there is a house precariously perched on top of the ridge. This week workmen have been building a retaining wall otherwise the house will slip down the hill.
Walking through the tunnel is not much fun. There is no pathway and cars come very close. Large drops of water fall from the roof and it is very dark. It all adds to life’s rich texture.
Post Series: Dispatches from Sri Lanka, by Mike Sedgwick:
- Dispatches from Sri Lanka – The Tunnel in Kandy
- An Unusual Carol Concert in Sri Lanka
- Christmas in Sri Lanka: 9 Things in England I’ll Miss This Christmas
- Agricultural Restaurant in Sri Lanka
- Back to Sri Lanka
- Bats and Hallowe’en
- Dispatches From Sri Lanka
- Kandy Lake vs Chandler’s Ford Lakes
- Self-Employment In Sri Lanka
- Sri Lankan Wedding
- Sri Lankan Food
- There’s Some Corner Of A Foreign Field
- The Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka
- This Is the Record Of John
- Tuk-tuk: My Transport Of Delight
- Life On The Road
- Commonwealth Games In Kandy
- A Temple For A Tooth?
- Dawn Train Down The Mountain To Colombo
- Traditional And Modern Medicine in Sri Lanka
- Ancient Vedda Tribe Becoming Extinct
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