I had a overnight break at Hay on Wye earlier in the week and it was lovely to get away and just enjoy the beauty of this lovely village. We stayed at the Swan Hotel which was very friendly and comfortable.
I have decided not to fill this blog post with books but some of the other things which I saw as I wandered around.
Shop of Chandeliers
Amazing shop windows, lots of windows had ‘book art’ dotted around in them. Beautiful local pottery and the a wonderful shop of chandeliers. Is the collective of chandeliers a lustre?
Clematis and wall
Hyacinth steps and blue door
There is an old ruined castle in the centre and lots of little alleyways and roads with interesting doors.
A delightful waterfall, a bear in the woods and a robin bobbing about in the undergrowth.
It is a beautiful part of the world and it was good to slow down and walk. Sometimes we speed along on our busy lives and forget the incredible beauty which is around us.
Smeuse (Sussex): ‘a hole in the base of a hedge made by the repeated passage of a small animal’. Now you know the word smeuse (pronounced ‘smee-ooze’), you’ll notice these signs of creaturely commute more often.
Robert MacFarlane put me on to this wonderful word when I read his book Landmarks
I love this word and now I know it I have been on the look out for a local smeuse and I found several. (any excuse to use my new found knowledge with my camera) We have local badgers, foxes, rabbits, hares, voles, mice, rats and weasels so who knows who has been going in and out?
A very different day out on the morning walk, still frosty underfoot but with a fog which was hanging around in patches. Needless to say that did not deter my faithful hounds as they set off towards the first point in our walk the little water channel and the big oak tree. No birds singing and it had a very eerie feel to the walk with a watery sun occasionally staining the grey sky.
Birds could be seen but they were noiseless hanging around the electricity wires and flitting on the ground. The vista was very beautiful, calm and eerie, another good start to the day, although very different to yesterday.
Onward to home with the fog starting to lift slightly and then back to the sofa for a well earned rest.
It was a cold and frosty morning here, but what a wonderful treat the blue skies and a twinkling on the frost laden landscape. As I walked around he field with my dogs, I heard wrens, robins, great tits and jackdaws all filling my ears with their wonderful sounds.
I loved seeing how the frost had transformed the things which I normally just pass by and hopefully the following photos give a glimpse of what I saw this morning.
Morgan my dog loved the walk and whirling around in the frosty landscape and her coat lit up with the suns rays. All in all it was a short piece of bliss taking in the world outside even though it was very cold, well home now blog post done and I do believe it is time to read Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman One of my perks of being a librarian in a school I need to read so many books…
It’s half term here and my did I need it. It has been very hectic with the Linton Children’s Book Festival last weekend and the general day to day stuff of being a librarian. (I do love my job)
I woke up and got out and walked my dogs and then had a look around my garden, it was lovely the roses are flowering and I spotted a lovely vibrant yellow poppy.
Further along the path I spied small clump of for-get-me-nots these made me smile as they were a favourite of my Mum’s.We drove out to Clare and visited Harris and Harris Books and of course Little Cat got in on the act and posed as only he can. It is a lovely bookshop and so welcoming, we found a couple of books to take away and it was nice to just browse and see what is out there in the book world.
Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the world around you. 🙂
Sunday at the Festival once again it was full on and amazing! We had the wonderfully and entertaining James Mayhew (how does he manage to talk and draw at the same time) I woke up this morning a little tired but wanted marmalade on my toast, made with Spanish oranges of course! (this was mentioned in the tale he told)
I met Hilton Pashley who I think is a fabulous author and am loving reading ‘Gabriel’s Clock’ with my ‘read and cake’ group at the moment. He talked about writing stories and was listened to by a very keen group of children. We even saw a sneak preview of the manuscript for the next book, well the front cover at least 🙂
The fabulous Helen Moss was back again and was so enthusiastic and a truly great patron for us, Brian our Linton Lion really took to her. While here she was on the author panel and impressed the audience along with the other panelists. But loved the session she did with fellow author Robin Stevens about Mystery and Mayhem, a collection of short stories involving crime and such things and somehow a basket of pineapples got involved in the presentation.
What can I say about Candy Gourlay, she was vibrant, fun and a joy to watch in action. I am now very keen to read her books. Her passion in wanting to become an author was so lovely and I think everyone who listened to her were caught up in the magic of her life.
Needless to say the Library Cats were out and about and met up with lots of interesting people but I was a little surprised they were snapped in a cauldron. Hmmm this could mean that trouble is brewing…..
Well it is now over for another two years but it was amazing and I was glad to be a part it. So thank you to all the organisers and volunteers and the authors who came and inspired us. 🙂