Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Hay! Hay! Hay!

Well hello there! I am back and have finally caught up with all the blog-tastic posts that I had missed out on whilst I was in the Beacons. You lot have been busy blogettes and I have loved every moment of my catch up over a cup of tea and a large helping of cake. Well.. I was still technically on holibobs. Nom nom nom. I apologise in advance for this shamefully pic heavy post.

So a couple of weeks ago I was mostly in Hay-on-Wye. Well -  just outside, staying in the fabulous Cae Marchog which I booked yonks ago in celebration of my upcoming 30th in December.  A group of friends, The Beard and I headed down there over 1/2 term week as one of the party is a teacher and could only do that week . Which meant that not only were we blessed with a lack of nipple-freezing cold weather (for the most part)which we would have suffered in December - but also the glorious colours of The Brecon Beacons in all it's Autumnal splendor.

View from the front door. Nice, no?

There was much eating, drinking and general merriment on the Friday night and then off to Hay for the 1st time of many over the week. It is a small town, but it is bursting with interesting things to appease a history, vintage geek such as myself. Having read Lauren's recent post over at Tea and Crumpets I was mildly excited. Who am I kidding? I was chomping at the bit.

So, first up was the wonderful Sage Femme.

I was complimented on my hair and dress (I will I never get used to that!) the moment I walked through the door and found myself inside the kind of shop I would love to own. Soft lighting and stacks of interesting bits. Some vintage, some second hand and mostly out of my price range. There was a stunner of a 1930's bag, but I could just not justify it. I left empty handed - but returned on the last day and grabbed this for just £5.

I also frequented The Olde Curiosity Shoppe, which, although rather dimly lit and bit hit and miss on the pricing side, delivered a heap of old curios to me on each visit.  Vintage gloves, magazines, cute storage boxes, linen, clothes - you name it, it's there. Be warned -  the next bit is pic-tastic.

It looks a tad naff here due to the weather - but it is a veritable trove.

oooooh, I say!

Lovely hats - totally impractical when it comes to Winter. But they sure do look puuurty!

Nice gloves for the summer. A bargainous £4

Yes. They are tatty. But boy are they vintage -  and a steal at £15 for the pair

I do love a bit of Royalty memorabilia from time to time. Both mine for £4. Kerching!

A veritable feast of aged adverts

The oldest magazine I could find. All the way from 1934. Most excellent.

I LOVE the advert on the back of this. Add a bit of custard and nom nom nom!

I did get a host of personalised books also -  my favourite kind of find. A seller could tell me that something is from 1921, say, -  but unless it is written in the front in a spindly hand scrawl -  you can forget it. I picked up these wonders....

I know it is a children's book -  but how could I resit illustrations like this?

Plus -  it had such a lovely inscription. Mine for £5. And there were STACKS of them.

Another children's book. I think I was channelling Enid Blyton when I bought this for £3

And oooh how I love the inscription

And then -  well -  just general pottering about in and out of the wealth of quirky shops that Hay has to offer.  I did this on and off over the course of the week. I loved the Honesty Book Shop in the Castle Grounds, along with the fantastic array of old random photos and postcards that they had for sale in their shop (scans to follow). One of which, if it is confirmed, will blow you away. I am just waiting for someone to come back to me and then I shall reveal all. Ooh.. intriguing! I shall post scans of pics separately - this post is already mammoth!

p-p-p-pick up a Penguin Classic

I love the fact that there are always fresh flowers laid in remembrance. Just as it should be.

On the Saturday night I was treated to a surprise meal which The Beard had sorted out. He had hired the lovely Beaton for Time (what a name -  love it!) to come in and cook for us. I felt very posh! And spoilt.

Had I been told to pack something dressy -  I would not be wearing this tatty old thing!

The rest of the week was spent lounging about, cooking, eating, walking and searching for and failing to find a certain book I was after *huff*.

I look happy because I made it to the top of that hill without dying.

Wild ponies. That thankfully went around us in a complete "eugh. humans" kind of way

I also frequented the charity shops. I cannot resit them. I just have to "nip" in and have a "look". You and I both know that's a crock. I usually always come out laden. These are some of my finds from Hay.

A wonderous £2.50

A steal at £3 each

A tad more pricey at £6.50 -  but I loved it too much to leave it behind

 I would definitely return to Cae Marchog, maybe in the summer with friends for some walking or perhaps for a Christmas family thing, although I am wary of being snowed in. We were told by the owner that during the bad weather last year - the road leading to the property was impassible for 3 weeks. Then again -  there are worse places to be stuck.

View from inside the converted Barn.
The main house which treated us to a rip-snorter of a roaring fire

Phew. What a post! It has been a long time in draft -  and I apologise for the delay.

Keep your peepers peeled for the giveaway
up next :)


  1. Nnnnngh! Have to go there now!

    We have some of those old Needlewoman magazines at work and they're wonderful to look through. Will you be picking up your needle now?

  2. It all looks so lovely I am sitting here quite green with envy. I love inscriptions in books too, I know experts say they decrease value significantly but to me it's part of their history.

  3. This is beautiful. I love Hay and the Brecons, one of my favourite places in the UK. And the picture of you on the hills in headscarf is wonderful.

  4. This looks divine... and oh those PENGUINS!!!!! EEEK! xx

  5. Wow, that looks like a great holiday!
    Glad you found so many lovely things. Really really love the hairpin and glove boxes - been looking for something like that myself for a while!

  6. Mim - why yes it has! There are some lovely things in there to have a bash at :)

    Magpie - I think that is utter tosh. I love books that have inscriptions - proves they belonged to someone once and were given as a gift. I find myself dreaming about who they were and what the relationship was (apart from the 2 featured)

    PD - a hoy there! Yes - they are now one of my favourite places too. I will definitly be going back. And as for the headscarf pic - one woman looked at me sideways for so long she nearly got a crick in her neck! ha ha ha.

    Gem - I know!! This shop has LOADS of them and I regret not buying any. The Beard did snaffle a copy of HG Wells "War of the Worlds" though - so at least we have one :)

    Lauren - those boxes are great arn't they? They are obviously well used - which makes me love them even more. And I now have a nice place to keep my growing collection of gloves.

  7. You've whetted my appetite for another visit to Hay, especially after reading about your finds. Judging from your photos it looks like you had a lovely time and that's a great picture of you in your wellies. xxx

  8. Glad you had a great time. I haven't been for ages and I love it. I have bought so many books from there over the years. The Olde Curiosity Shoppe is a brilliant place on the quiet, but you do have to search through for bits and pieces. Excellent finds. xxx

  9. Awww I love the look of that lil' cottage, you can't beat the British countryside for a sneaky getaway.

    Blimey Girl was there anything you didn't buy?? Love the gloves case, the lace gloves and the blue cardi with the flowers. I love those old penguin books too, I have bought a couple written by authors I've never heard of just for the pleasure of owning them! x

  10. VK - indeed I did have a fab time! I love my plain green wellies - they match with everything - and they are SO comfy!

    Ivy - well hello there - yes- the Olde Curiosty Shopee is grand - but you do have to sift. Which is all the fun!

    LC - no - i bought most things that I fancied. I had been saving for a while and actually spent only half of what I thought I would. Which made it an even more memorable - ha ha :)

  11. That looks like heaven right now! Boy would I like to runaway to there this very minute! Great finds as well

  12. Ooooh.... shopping time! *falls in love with the green hat*

    What beautiful landscape out there! Looks so serene and inviting. I seriously need to ramble out there.

  13. What a little gem of a blog! Thank you for popping over to see me.

  14. What a splendid trip! I'm envious of all that shopping. I gave you an award over on my blog...

  15. Thank you for your lovely comment.x.


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