I am actually planning to venture out into the countryside for a walk over the Easter weekend. Fear not, the motivation isn't a new found interest in healthy living or anything as odious as that. I'm going to Dartmoor, on what is essentially a rural pub crawl, in the hope of finding some genuinely unspoiled and characterful freehouses, which are, alas, a dying breed here in London.
However, it has been pointed out to me that it'll very likely rain this weekend, and although tweed has many virtues, neither being waterproof nor drying quickly once wet are among them. Umbrellas seem a bit inappropriate for a country setting, and I realised having always relied on the aforementioned folding canopy here in the city, I in fact didn't own any waterproof clothing whatsoever.
An initial survey of some modern emporia specialising in attire for "outdoor pursuits" led to all the horror and repulsion you would expect. So of course I wanted something with a bit more of a traditional feel to it. I had recently tried on a Mackintosh at their shop in Mayfair, and rather liked it, but like the umbrella it seemed more an article intended for city use.
Finally it occurred to me to try Barbour, and here I found an acceptable compromise - I didn't quite want to go to all the faff of a wax jacket (and if it wasn't actually going to rain it I'd want to be able to take it off and carry it so as not to unduly obscure the tweed beneath) but instead found this relatively inoffensive raincoat, which was lightweight, and fit nicely over the top of tweed.
For footwear I fared less well, and settled for a pair of horrid looking modern walking boots, having reprehensibly chosen comfort over aesthetics, unaccustomed as my rather delicate trotters are to any kind of physical exertion.
However I intend to carry a pair of brogues which I will quickly change into each time I reach civilisation (i.e. the pub).