Yesterday we travelled through the Forest of Dean to visit a property in the unwooded strip where it reaches the mighty River Severn. It was in a quiet spot overlooking fields, on a river's edge, and within walking distance of small shops, Dr, etc, yet handily placed for travelling back to Wales to see our children or up to Yorkshire (ditto). It needed a chunk of money spending on sorting out a damp problem - the vendors had chosen to splash their dosh on high-end en-suite bathrooms until they were skint, and just paint over the damp and do some VERY dodgy DIY "improvements". However, the asking price was cheap enough to allow for proper improvements to be made. There is so little on the market at the moment that even less than perfect properties are being deemed possibles, should our recent viewing here bear fruit.
We began the day having a wander (and a shop) around Abergavenny Fleamarket, and bought a lovely pine trunk to go in the Unit when my OH has replaced the hinges with the size of the set in ones which used to be on it. I bought a cookery book and two new Kilner storage jars (for the nuts which OH couldn't resist in Lidl this week). I think we had every season of weather yesterday. As we sat in the car park with a cup of tea, we could see it was snowing up on the Brecon Beacon hilltops, whilst it then rained with us, then the sun came out and later in the day we had hailstones and finally a cloudburst just outside Llandovery!
I am making progress on my x-stitch - gate and sheep so far. I need to work on it under my craft light though so can't take it with me to work on.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, my breadmaker decided to pop its clogs and so I bit the bullet and bought myself a Panesonic one as everyone says how good they are (pleased with mine).
Hand-made (though I can bring it to dough in the Panny)
vs. a quick bung it Panny loaf!
See you on my return.