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Books, Pubs, Flats and Heaven

 

I traveled with my husband on his business last week, a journey which took us to Truro, Cornwall and the County Arms, to Braunton, Devon and The George to Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales and Malsters, all pubs with accommodations,quite nice and the kind of places we generally stay. Once he finished work, we were off to celebrate our anniversary in Hay-on-Wye, Wales, a town of books, where we stayed at Kilverts, the only pub not quite up to snuff on our journey, but nice enough. (They do not have rooms marked by author’s names, as they show on their website, something that sucks a reader in and thinks, cool!) We were here two nights, and my side of the mattress sloped to the floor, so I felt I was rolling off the bed all night. Blimey, they really need to replace that mattress. All the pub rooms had bathtubs, which to me is one of the great things in UK and Europe, as they are deep and long and so wonderful for soaking the bones! Our last night on the road was spent in Hereford. But I’m saving that for the last. Here’s a few bathtub shots…

 

First let me tell you about Hay-on-Wye. This is the National Town of Books for Wales.

There are at least 2 dozen books shops with both new and used books, (including honor shops, where you leave your payment in the box. The stalls at the bottom of the stairs in this picture is an honor shop)

 There are lots of antique and vintage  shops where true porcelain teacups can be found and quite a few good restaurants.

Hay on Wye tea cup

I think someone made a mistake though when they let this bull in a china shop. That might be why they are now closed.

I found books by my dear friend and mentor, Jack Williamson

 

 

 

I even found a book on the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico! (far left in photo)

I also heard someone say, “What the ‘Hay’? Where did all these books come from? How did they get all these books?” The answers bookshop owners gave were so vague, we began to suspect foul play, oh wait, I was in the crime section when I had that foul play thought. So no, not foul play, but really? How do all these books come to be in the little town of Hay in the mid-reaches of Wales? Hmmm….

A proper tea can be found in Hay at The Old Stables Tea Room where they serve their award winning Scrumptious Strawberry and Rose Jam with scones and clotted cream, a cake and tea bread.

And I wonder why my jeans are getting snug??

There was a curious shop with all sorts of old taxidermy creations. Jenny at The Bloggess, one of my favorite bloggers, author of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, would love this place! (BTW, her book is hilarious. Seriously, I had to stop reading in a public place I was laughing so hard.)


 

And did I mention Crabbies Ginger beer?

This stuff is fantastic! It’s Scottish, so what else can you expect?

Alcoholic ginger beer, that’s right, baby!

And they have a castle, like all good places in the UK.

Oh, and a bear or two…

And all this leads back to those pub rooms and how they measure up along side our flat and well, how they all measure up to what’s coming…

We are renting a small flat in Bristol while we are here in the UK. This is what it looks like…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is a lovely little flat, however, the twin beds are rather hard, and well, it’s twin beds, and a toilet that shares it’s space with the shower (in the picture, see the shower head? the toilet is on the opposite wall, just out of camera range) so when we arrived at Castle House in Hereford, a place we booked at the last minute because they had a Sunday night special and wifi, so we could work there Monday morning before heading home, we had no idea it looked like this…

We were in heaven! We almost missed out on all of Hereford, because we just wanted to luxuriate in that beautiful room. Luckily, there is not much to see in Hereford, but we did see the cathedral…

I stood around admiring the cathedral with this guy…

And then we saw the oldest building in Hereford…

not sure, but that might be the oldest man too, and well the name of the town is Hereford…

And behind our hotel, are the remains of the castle moat and a beautiful home. By the way, the castle is long gone, but they preserved the grounds and it is a beautiful green space in the city.

So we had a spot of tea, but nothing like in Hay, 

and then stayed in our room the next morning until the last possible moment to check out. It was heaven.

Okay, so I’ve broken all the rules of blogging and put different sized pictures and wrote a super long blog, but I filled it with photos, so hope I’ll be forgiven.

I hope you enjoyed the pubs, flats and heaven. If you did, please share! Cheers!