I have been down in the dumps the past few days. A sort of dark grey dog (as opposed to Black) sitting on my shoulder, and as it is going on for days, rather than the one-day episodes I usually get, I am putting it down to after-effects of the recent bug, which went on for a fortnight and was only finally trounced by a/b's of the right persuasion. Anyway, despite 10 hours in bed last night, sleeping well, I was still not with it this morning, and found myself opening the fridge door to put the cornflakes away. I think I will need to be a bit more on-edge when I drive into town later!
Yesterday we had a cheer-me-up day out in Hay-on-Wye - last minute decision after going down the car boot sale. Well, I knew everything in Brecon is pretty well shut on a Sunday, but it never occurred to me that we would find a similar situation in Hay, but it should have occurred to me as it is such a traditional town, with no chain shops, and people who trade there obviously like to have Sunday off. So we needn't have paid for 4 hours' parking for starters! It took us 1 1/4 hours to go round, and that included a sit-down for a cup of tea and a piece of carrot cake (latter for me, as OH doesn't do cake at all. I am wasted on him!) The tea was virtually undrinkable, not being Twining's Earl Grey but a cheaper mimic, which tasted not of bergamot at all, but more like patchouli had been added. Yuk. The cake was nice though . . .
There were enough bookshops open for me to indulge myself a little. OH bought a book about Stalin's regime. I got these:
Perfect for me, with lots of Ag. Labs. in my family tree.
Another A S Byatt to devour, once I have finished her "Possession". This is two novellas - "Morpho Eugenia" and "The Conjugal Angel".
Two more poetry books for my collection.
This one I bought from Trecastle the previous Sunday. A selection of poems chosen by Dymock poet John Drinkwater. SO many of them are ones I remember from my childhood schooldays.
This lovely little book, with profuse photographs and lots of history, is one of the books I chose as a birthday present from my husband. It arrived early, so I am enjoying it early : ) I can't wait to be living in Herefordshire and enjoying these walks. My second book should hopefully arrive today and is Merrily's Border, based on the novels of Phil Rickman.
Right, into town first, to get my prescription, and drop a few things off at the Unit, and then back to painting the stairs . . .