Yesterday was the Antiques Fair at the Botanic Garden of Wales, near Carmarthen. It was lovely to see these Daffodils blooming so early. A real taster of spring on the way. We would normally have had a stand here, especially as it was the first Fair back after Covid had put the kibosh on things. I had booked our normal stand, but had to cancel it when I saw how bad Keith's health was at the beginning of January. I wouldn't have gone, but Keith wanted to and he really enjoyed the outing. I, less so, as it was VERY crowded and not much room to get through with a mobility scooter, especially when Keith was trying to turn it and people would just walk through as I was helping him reverse into a clear space. I found it rather stressful, particularly when I had to make top speed the 1/4 mile or so back to the car park to get his walking stick (we'd forgotten it) and then labour back up the hill again. He didn't want to wear a mask either, which made my wearing one to try and avoid Flu a bit pointless. If he got it, so would I anyway. I was glad to get home. I've not done a 100 mile round trip for a while.
A beautiful yellow Witchazel. One of several lining the path on the way up.
A view of the Dome from where we came in as paying visitors for the first time. We normally have a pillar to pillar stand in here.
On a friend's stand, a beautiful 18th C Welsh dresser - a fraction of the price it would have been not that long ago. If we'd had room, we'd have been very tempted. Below one of the lovely primitive chairs he had in his display.
Pathways lead around the plantings in the Dome and a corner lent itself to a display of Welsh Blankets.
Such an interesting stand (above and below). A wide range of unusual things. It belonged to the very capable Brita, whose Fair it is. She has a good eye.
Two lovely pieces made many moons ago and very rare finds nowadays. Priced accordingly.
In the marquee, some lovely big French pots.
There was nothing to tempt me that I could afford. A friend of ours sells these wonderful antique carvings - the one I'd love to have is 3rd along on the top row. Well into 3 figures though.
Things to be thankful for:
1. Keith has an appointment next month at Hereford to see the Neurologist (however, it's at 9 a.m. so we need to have a very early start.)
2. Signs of spring and the lengthening days.
3. Two kittens that make me laugh.
4. A little progress with Family History research that didn't require a death-bed confession.