Today was a Hay Market day. As yesterday had been a TOTAL return to Winter (my goodness it was cold) I was debating what to wear, but opted for my new blue long sleeved blouse and a vest top under, and my seldom-worn chunky knitted long cardi. (Mind you, I put a jacket in the car, just in case). It's nice to dress up just a little bit now and again. Here is a scene from the lay-by with a view near Brecon, where we stopped to eat our Patisserie stall lunch. Those lemon tarts with white lemon and strawberry topping were calling out to be bought! Keith tried the dark chocolate and ginger, which has a big walnut on top. Yummy!
Hay wasn't quite so busy as last time we went (I think Lockdown had only just been lifted then). Here is one side of our friend Kath's shop window - a tempting display.
Looking along that same row of shops - I love the old timbers, left to age and not painted with black paint (I have a thing about black - or white, inside houses - painted beams.)
Opposite, woven baskets outside of the indoor market in the Buttermarket, where we used to stand at the Wee Flea there on a Friday. I have a few of these, which are used for holding craft supplies. I noticed prices had gone up, but that is the way of things.
I looked in the window, but was very good and didn't get tempted to go in.
One side of the window display at the Antique Centre has been changed, very spring-like.
Inside looking out, this was the opposite window which has also been altered. Lots of Carltonware china. I can remember when it was flavour of the month and you couldn't touch it at auction, now no-one wants it! The sort with the Foxgloves on still charms me.
Hen and chicks. I liked these and would put something like this on my stall. Keith and Tam just went YUK! Ah well, Keith has always said he doesn't know why I bought chicken-orientated stuff (well I do, as it always sold!) So, this is a Marmite hen - you either love it or hate it!
Above and below: Velvetfern. We went in, and she had some lovely things, and at sensible prices, so I am hoping she will make a go of it. So many people come to Hay and think it is the land of milk and honey and put silly prices on stuff. This shop is well worth visiting and I am going to treat myself in there next time. I've just noticed my reflection below . . .
The plant stall. I looked, and a couple of things were appealing, but having spent £25 the other day, I thought I had best leave my purse in my bag!
A curious little prickly thing on another junky stall. It was quite weighty and I think was for parting the fibres of flax or similar, when it had been retted in a pit. Again, I didn't even ask the price.
Finally, Hay castle. Work is still ongoing, but it looks like it is mainly the roof being worked on now.
Purchases from the Market were White Rye Flour and Brown Rye Flour, for bread (I have a recipe for a Rye Loaf made with plain yoghurt (in fridge already) which I will make tomorrow. It was on Kate Humble's farm programme recently. Also more jumbo oats, and some flaked almonds. Oh, and those little patisserie pies of course. From the butchers, a Steak and Ale pie for our meal tonight.
I have been busy in the garden this afternoon, and finally planted the two gooseberries, the first (and biggest) of the Autumn fruiting raspberries, one of the golden ones. I also sowed some of the grass/wild flower seed mixture (and hope that the wretched pheasants don't discover it's there - though I did sprinkle soil* over.) I transplanted some more of the Astilbe to the other side of the pond where there was an abandoned area covered in ivy. Then I planted the orange Geum (Borisii), and two more Delphiniums, this time white ones.
* This came from one of the ceramic pots left behind by the previous owner. It had two unhappy Primulas in it (now transplanted to the bank) and some gone-over Tete-a-Tete daffs, which I shall bung in elsewhere. The spent compost was fine for spreading over the grass seed mix, but no goodness in it for growing any fresh plants. I have another couple of the same to empty and replant. I will be working all year to try and get the paddock area sorted, as still lots of roots and stones up there.
As we drove round the countryside today, the Blackthorn was still in flower, though just starting to go over a bit now, just as the May (Hawthorn) blossom is starting to flower. I don't recall seeing the two in bloom at the same time but this has been a long and very cold start to spring. All the oil seed rape fields are golden yellow with flowers, and the verges equally golden with Dandelions, and the last of Celandines and on the way to Brecon, the roadside banks have plenty of Cowslips. Sadly, our one Swallow doesn't have a mate yet, and there are none to be seen - hoping they are just held up over Europe due to the cold weather and not decimated by the trigger-happy lot in the Med. He/she looked so disconsolate sat on the power wire by the stables today . . . Do you have them returned to your area? wherever you are.