Morning all. My sleep patterns are still all to pot, as on Saturday night first of all I found it hard to get to sleep, then I woke twice for the loo (I have to take my Montelukast tablet late evening with half a pint of water), then I woke an hour before the alarm was due to go off, so didn't sleep past 2.45 a.m. Needless to say, that takes a while to get over. My brain always seems to get anxious when I know I really NEED a good night's sleep because we are up early - for Malvern of course. This time we sold there for the first time, and took an outside stall at the Antiques Fair.
Anyway, we stopped in Ledbury on the way back, to pop into Hay Wines and get a bottle of Organic White wine. I took a few snaps on the way round. The Medieval Market Hall (above) is particularly spectacular. It dates back to 1653. Around this spot in 1645 the Roundheads and Cavaliers fought. The Royalists won.
These are Alms Houses where retired folk live. Some of them had pots of flowers on the walkway in front of the building. The Clocktower is part of the Library building, which is dedicated to Elizabeth Barrett-Browning (the family lived nearby).
Boots the Chemists is housed in this lovely building.
Above: The Feathers Inn.
Ledbury has won Britain in Bloom in the past, and everywhere was beautifully decorated with flowers. I can tell you something, Carmarthen would be LAST in any competition like that. I think they only employ one bloke in their Garden department if the roundabouts are anything to go by. I must take a photo or two as believe me, they are atrocious!
There were several beds planted up like this with pretty roses and fruit trees. Of course, Herefordshire is famous for its orchards, and had we been travelling through any day except Sunday, we could have stopped and bought Cherries, as there was a sign to cherry orchards on the way to Ledbury.
Finally, my end of our stand. The splendid bobbin chair will be off to the two day Antiques Fair at the Botanic Gardens this weekend.
I may go back to bed now - I woke at 4 a.m., laid in bed till 5 by which time I knew I wouldn't get back to sleep. Now I feel I could sleep on the head of a pin!