I just couldn't resist that title for today's post. We had a brief outing to Hay yesterday, and wore our masks, which was just as well as The Granary has had to shut because two members of staff have Covid. Rob (just across the road) was starting to get twitchy! I was delighted that trader Ian had a BIG earthenware planter for sale - just what I was looking for, so that came home with us. Now to decide what is going to live in it . . . probably another rose.
These photos were masks for sale in The Flaming Lady of Hay - their (oversized!) business card has a brief biography of Matilda de Braose, who lived in Hay and was starved to death by her thug of a Marcher Lord husband, William de Braose - he who invited the Welsh princelings to Christmas celebrations at Abergavenny castle, and slew the lot. Read Barbara Erskine's brilliant first novel, Lady of Hay for the full story.
Today was my volunteering day. I slept badly - woke at 4.30 and couldn't sleep after that. My head felt like it was full of porridge, and I felt sick. I don't like to let people down though, so I took a Panadol and set off for the Minerva Arts Centre at Llanidloes and although I arrived late, I felt better as the day went on and survived to tell the tale! The current exhibition is a sort of Make Do and Mend one - Quilters - Recycled fabrics in quilts, plus an excellent exhibition called "Curious Creatures" by Gwyneth Rose, a textile artist from Rhayader. One was made from suit fabric samples, a couple more from pretty patterns which had once been flour sacks in America and Canada, others literally any fabrics they had cobbled together, and mis-shapen. One had a main quilt in one lot of fabrics, and then it was widened using a totally disparate half dozen squares of material, narrowing towards the bottom as they had nothing else. I forgot my camera - hardly surprising as I wasn't with it and twice found myself driving towards Llandod - totally the wrong direction!!
Have a good weekend all.