Although there are still leaves on the trees (unless they are Ash trees, that is), winter is fast approaching and on Monday we decided to have a few hours out before the weather took a real turn for the worse. We drove down to Narberth, a busy little Pembrokeshire town with views towards the Preseli Mountains. We looked in a couple of charity shops and my husband found a pair of slightly-too-long brand new Hawkshead cargo trousers - just what he needed. We had a look around the Museum, although I have to say that the price of entry was a little more than the exhibits warranted.
Here's a photo of one of their photos showing a saddler selling his wares in the weekly market around the time of the First World War I'd say.
We looked in the antiques centre too, but nothing to greatly tempt either of us, though I did like a Lemon and Crute (Torquay) bowl with a bird on it. (Too dear though for my pocket though). As we half-suspected, we also found the set of four kitchen chairs we had to sell through the car boot sale back in the summer, for a "dealer price" (e.g. same as at auction) and now being offered for 3 times what we got for them. It made me rather despondent, but then as my OH said, they actually bought 3 1/2 chairs as one had a dodgy back which he'd had to repair so someone will get a shock when they lean back too far one day and the back breaks off!
We then drove back to Laugharne to deliver an old ironing board, and sleeve-ironing board and some magazines to the 1940s Museum, where they will be of more use to them than in our junk room. The Museum folk (Simon and Min) were delighted, and we are pleased they will be appreciated.
Now we are down to one-room-living again as we simply cannot afford to heat the house at all this winter. We can run the Hergom stove in the kitchen now and again, but unless we suddenly inherit a fortune, when the oil runs out, that's it. The woodpile looks good at the moment, but it won't last if we are burning it all day long.
Anyway, today the sitting room turned into the kitchen, as I peeled potatoes, peeled and chopped two big pans of apples for pies, mixed the ingredients for a big cake, etc. I've been shortening trousers too and this evening I have my crochet to look forward to. So our winter routine is back.