Today I decided to go to Ledbury about 12 miles away. Lots of lovely old buildings, antique and vintage shops and some charity shops so I was well away. The timber market is very impressive.
When I left Ledbury I was intending to go back to Bromyard where I am staying but chose the wrong postcode for the sat nav and ended up in Leominster again. Well I had thought about going back for another look and this time I took some photos.
Just had to go in the Clever Betsy shop again and got more wool and some lovely material for patchwork. The 9 x 50g balls of Patons Orient were just £1, all the mohair £2.20, the material £2 and the pink wool 50p. Together with what I bought the other day total outlay £11. Just got to find somewhere to keep it now.....
Wednesday I did some work in the morning to get some meeting invitations out and then had lunch. Weather was a bit breezy and a bit cloudy but sunny as well. (If that makes any sense). I decided to go to Brockhampton which is just over the road from where I am staying. It is a 600 year old moated manor house which was lived in until the 1950s and surrounded by orchards including lots of damson trees. I have been looking for some damsons to make jam so might collect some before I leave here.
This is the kind of property I really enjoy visiting and this time I took lots of photos.
Tuesday was a nice day so I decided to go Berrington Hall, just outside Leominster. It is a Georgian mansion with landscaping by Capability Brown. The glass dome is currently under repair so I went on a tour to see the work in progress. I forgot to take a camera so not many photos, just a few taken with my phone. As usual I am more interested in the work areas than in the grand rooms.There was a washboard exactly the same as the one used as a shelf in my room at the Fitzroy last week. I would love a washboard for my laundry room at home but have not yet seen one for sale. My uncle Monty used to play the washboard in the skiffle group that my parents played in when I was about 3.
There was an amazing dress that was only found in 2016 and had been packed away for the last 200 years so it was in excellent condition.
A National Trust scone and cup of tea completed my visit!
Next stop was Leominster, an interesting market town with lots of antique shops and no less than three knitting and sewing shops!!! One of the shops, Clever Betsy, is a charity shop which sells donated wool, fabric and other craft materials and provides workshops. The prices were very reasonable (e.g. the rug wool was 10p each) so I was like a kid in a sweet shop. I might even go back again for another look. (Yes I know I am not supposed to buy any more stuff but.....)
The 1st September is Mark's birthday and the 2nd September is Mark and Michelle's anniversary. I popped round to see them on Sunday morning and got invited to stay for Sunday lunch which was very nice. Then home to do a bit of work and pack.
On Monday I started a ten day holiday in the caravan, five nights at Bromyard Downs and five nights at Wyeside in the Elan Valley. I had a slightly hairy journey as the road I should have used was closed and I had to detour via a B road that was not very wide. All was going well until I met a very large lorry coming the other way and had to reverse about 50 yards back down the road and tuck into a gateway. Well, I say 'I' had to, the lorry driver actually offered to do it for me and I gratefully accepted. Reversing a caravan that far is not easy. Anyway I arrived safely and got set up ready to enjoy my holiday.
I decided to use public transport to get me to the airport on Thursday as my flight wasn't until 3.15 in the afternoon so I had plenty of time. I caught the bus from the end of the road to outside Sandwell and Dudley railway station and then caught the train to Birmingham International. It didn't cost anything as my oldies bus pass covers travel on buses and trains in the west midlands area.
I had a text message to say that my flight was delayed by an hour and a quarter but in fact it was only a few minutes late. Weather in Scotland was similar to here, not cold. I was given a Qashqai for the drive up to Perth and arrived at the guest house at about 6.30. I stayed at the Fitzroy again as I love the furnishings, a mix of antique and quirky like the old washboard used as a shelf, and the guys that run it are very nice.
I liked the idea of the tartan napkin rings fastened with a kilt pins last time I stayed so I made some of my own! (Mine are the blue and purple).
My meeting on Friday went well and I caught the 5.15 flight back home. Unfortunately I just missed the 6.53 train and the 7.33 train was delayed until 7.50. Good job I had a good book with me! Got a taxi back from Sandwell and Dudley to home as no buses that time at night.
I am Jenny (when I was little my dad always called me Jenny Wren) and I enjoy making hand crafted things. Watch this space to see what I am working on.