Sunday, 17 July 2016

We went away..........

..........for a few days and now we are home again.

We stayed here
 Visited here

We might have bought a book or two here and at some of the other bookshops in town


We went here too - Hereford Cathedral



 and saw this
We visited several of  the small towns in mid Powys and searched for a hovel in the hills, but didn't find one, but we did find that if you share the driving the journey seems much shorter and now I've driven on a motorway too.....Go Me!

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27 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a lovely trip. If I went to 'The Town of Books' I'd probably need a trailer to bring them all home! Good for you for sharing the driving and on a motorway too! It will be a piece of cake from now on!lol

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  2. I don't do motorway driving either and I know I should.So good on you!!Glad you enjoyed your break away.Barbara

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  3. That's a beautiful cathedral. "The town of books" sounds neat! Were there deals to be found? -Jenn

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  4. Well done on the motorway driving. My grade at work is what's known as a mobile grade. I have been sent all over the UK and France. It was scary at first but I got used to it. If you got to share the journey with another person it was heaven.

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  5. Good for you both! Hurrah! How nice to just get away for awhile and see new things. One of my favorite Dowager Countess lines from Downton Abbey: "A change is as good as a rest." :-)

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  6. Hereford is the town that I was born in, and I still have books that I bought in Hay. Live in the USA now.

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  7. I spent a lovely day in Hay on Wye. I remember having to hike back to where I'd parked several times to refill the meter. My feet were mush by the end of it.

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    1. I had to give up walking and looking because my back complained!

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  8. So glad you went away for a while - it helps blow the cobwebs away and give new things to think about and talk about. We enjoy our 3 day weekends away more than a proper week's holiday

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  9. I LOVE Hay on Wye - the only place I have ever been allowed to take a dog in a bookshop. You never know what you are going to walk out with...a million miles away from Amazon!

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  10. I really don't like driving on the motorway either. I admire you for giving it a go. Sounds like you had a well deserved time away, a change of scenery is always uplifting.

    Jean

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  11. What a lovely get away. Glad you got a chance to drive on a motorway. You go girl.

    God bless.

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  12. Bet there's some cracking cafes to sit and read at in Hay on Wye!

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    1. Yes, and all very expensive now - even the loos are 20p

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  13. We went to a cottage near Hereford for our honeymoon (April 1985).
    We went into Hereford early one day, had breakfast in a lovely coffee shop, then bought a piece of Baccarat crystal (a hippo) as a honeymoon present to ourselves. The shop put it in bubble wrap, then in a large cardboard box for safety.
    We carried the box with us, and intended to visit the Cathedral, but it was closed and barriers were in place.
    It turned out that Charles and Diana were visiting Hereford Cathedral that afternoon.
    I sat on a wall with the box beside me whilst DH went off to find a loo, and noticed a few Police officers watching me.
    After four or five minutes a Policeman walked very calmly over to me, and asked me what was in the box....they'd seen my DH walk away, watched me climb on to the wall, moving the box very carefully (because the contents were very breakable) and decided I looked like a bomber!
    I told him it was an ornament, but he made me open the box in front of him to prove it!
    It turned out well though, I'd picked a great vantage point to sit, the royal car drove right past me, I was the only person at that place (maybe everyone had moved away in case I had a bomb) and Diana gave me a beautiful smile and a wave!
    So, I have a very unusual honeymoon memory, nearly getting lifted as a terrorist!
    I've still never been inside Hereford Cathedral though!

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    1. What a brilliant story. Surprisingly the Cathedral is still free -for a donation- to get in but a charge to see the mappa mundi which we had seen before many years ago.
      We had a lovely lunch there - in a church - excellent use of the spare part of a building

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    2. We live just outside Chester and whenever we go into the city, we pop into the Cathedral Refectory for a drink.
      It's always a good bet to look at eating in a Cathedral, usually it's quieter than anyhere else and normally the shop and Refectory are free of admission charge/donation.

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  14. Were you once "frugal in Suffolk?

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  15. It sounds like a lovely break. Hay on Wye is somewhere I've never been, I'd love to although it could be a bit dangerous for me with my book obsession ;-)

    Well done on the motorway driving. I passed my test on a Thursday and was on the motorway on the Sunday, I knew if I put it off I would be worried. I've been up and down motorways every week since then but I know of lots of folk who have never ever ventured onto one. Good on you for successfully doing it. Shared driving is so much better isn't it.

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  16. Glad you were able to get away for a few days. It sounds like you had a good time on your well-deserved getaway. Bookshops - who can resist?

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  17. I adore the town although been just the once
    Spent 7 hours shopping in book shops a record for me EVER

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  18. Sounds like a great trip. Have only been to Hay on Wye once but spent enough in that one visit to make it memorable!

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  19. Yay for going away and yay for the driving!!

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  20. We're about 30 minutes from Hereford you should have said and come for a cup of tea!

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  21. Glad you got away - fewer bookshops in Hay now, and more up-market ones.

    If you were there on a Friday, you could have come and said hello to us in the Buttermarket!

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