Saturday, 14 January 2017
The delights of Leominster
After lunch, in a lovely old pub called the Rose and Crown which was hidden away behind the main street in Ludlow - and which served sandwiches of such monumental proportions we didn't need to eat for a week afterwards! - we dropped back down to Leominster, where there are lots of antique shops. Voiceover by David Attenborough: Ah, the antique dealers in their natural habitat . . .
I rather liked the soft dotty green of this dinner service, but it's Susie Coooper so not cheap . . .
This was more of a walk-through room as not a lot there to interest us, but it shows the diversity of what is on offer by various dealers.
Another mixed lot on offer. . . I was trying to take photos where there weren't people in the same room, so didn't get to photograph some of the more winsome pieces.
BUT, I did get this one - these are absolutely SUPERB. Not so much the fineness of the potting, but in the subdued movement of both foals playing. The naughty bay and the chestnut about to retaliate! Look at the price though . . . that won't even MAKE the same room as my Christmas list for 2017!!
This is a Keith piece - he loves old chests like this, preferably the Armada sort with lots of heavy iron strapping and needs moving with the help of a team of elephants . . . "Try lifting one end" he invited me. Well, it doesn't take much imagination to realize I couldn't shift it the minutest bit.
More goodies on offer here. I loved the inlay on this Court Cupboard.
I have a soft spot for the rush-light holders shown at either end of this display case roof. The price was a little prohibitive though.
I only realized after taking this photo of the skull (bronze) that the ivory figure beside it, draped in reptiles, looked . . . ahem . . . rather phallic. Ignore that and concentrate on the skull!
Leominster too has it's narrow alleyways, like Cordwainers Lane, with its Elizabethan? overhang.
Above and below - examples of local craftsmanship. The owl was particularly attractive. The price tag reflected the artist's skill.
On the way home we took a loop around Weobley to find some water as we were both thirsty. I have seen several properties for sale here down the years and wanted to check it out as a possible place to move to.
It is certainly a very attractive village, with a wonderful butchers, local shops, Doctors' surgery etc., and wonderful Magpie architecture.
One final picture through the windscreen of the sun setting over the Brecon Beacons.