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Three days in Shropshire

Another blog post, another opportunity to crack out that old cliché of 'where has the time gone', 'this feels like ages ago now' etc etc.  This was our May bank holiday weekend (and now it's almost July, how did that happen?) - three days in slightly rainy Shropshire spent in a cottage to celebrate Tom's Mum's 60th birthday. We travelled up on the Saturday in the van, Bodhi gently snoozing on the floor and trying to avoid the bank holiday traffic!

The cottage we were staying in was lovely - a big open fire, a beautiful garden, and the piece de resistance, a big hot tub on the patio.  There were stunning views from the back garden, and lots of good old countryside fresh air.

Shropshire

It wasn't long after we arrived before we cracked open the champagne and had a glass of bubbly in the hot tub.  This is me and Tom's Mum toasting her birthday.

Hot tub Hot tub

The weather was a bit changeable whilst we were there, with some sunny periods but a bit of rain too. Luckily there was enough sunshine whilst we were there for a game of croquet in the garden (which I won - whoop!) and for me to photograph some of the beautiful flowers.

Rose Flowers in the garden Iris

On the Monday we went to Hay on Wye to visit the town and go to the festival.  The Hay on Wye festival of literature and arts is one I've wanted to go to for a long time so I was excited that we were nearby whilst it was on.  Hay itself is such a pretty town (with many, many bookshops and other lovely little shops) and it really came alive during the festival, with food stalls, folk bands playing and generally a really fun atmosphere.

Hay Bookshops Hay Festival Castle Hay Festival Folk Band

We spent a bit of time exploring the festival area itself but we didn't go to any of the talks - I'd like to go back and see some of those sometime.  We visited the festival bookshop and some of the stands and had a pint of cider and some food in the food area (Tom and his Mum shared a very civilised plate of cheese and biscuits - yum!)

Hay on Wye Festiva;

As well as visiting Hay on Wye we also visited Ludlow and spent quite a lot of money on chutneys, cheese, meats and other yummy bits from the Ludlow Food Centre, which was amazing.  We also had a delicious roast dinner in a local pub on the Sunday.  So all in all, lots of good food, good company and a really lovely time.  I would definitely visit Shropshire again - next time I will drop in on you Char, I promise!


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21 comments

  1. Ooh that hot tub looks lovely, stunning photos of those flowers too Rosie! The festival looks like a great little day out, I'd love to find something like that near me! x

    What Rachael Wrote

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  2. Looks gorgeous! What a lovely time away xx
    Stephanie

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  4. I do recall the weather being pretty horrid that bank holiday weekend. Looks like you didn't let the rain get you down though. I need to visit the festival! Looks like such a quaint little place. And croquet, how civilized.

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  5. There really is nothing better than a weekend trip away (apart from a two-week trip away, obviously!) It sounds like you had an absolutely fab old time - I used to live relatively close to Ludlow and always found it to be so lovely. Plus, if a place has a hottub, it's an instant winner in my eyes!

    Steph xx
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  6. I've never travelled over that way but it looks lovely.

    Caroline
    www.puttingyourlifeinorder.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. Lovely photos.I wish we had more places like this over here.x

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  8. Beautiful photos. It looks like such a wonderful break. Excellent idea to have bubbles in a hot-tub!

    Beccy ~ Bluebell & Bumpkin

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  9. Oooh this looks lovely! I've not explored much of Shropshire before but considering Liam's lot only live on the other side of B'ham it doesn't look too far away! <3 Claire @ Jazzpad

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  10. Such a lovely post, Rosie. I love nothing more than hearing about all your recent adventures!! xxx

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  11. We went to Hay Festival that week too and I thoroughly recommend going to some of the talks. I saw Laura Bates of Everyday Sexism speak and it was inspirational. There's also a smaller festival called How The Light Gets In, on the other side of Hay town centre, at the same time and that's a lovely atmosphere too - the crowd skews younger and a little more hip than the main festival.

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  12. I really want to drop by Hay Festival at one point in my life! I have a feeling that I might not want to leave though...that Penguin-laden bookshelf is the stuff of dreams! And that ruin is just so picturesque.

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

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  13. Love your photos! looks like a lovely time away! xx

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  14. Sounds like my perfect weekend! I went to the Hay festival years ago now and I'd love to go back - it was so lovely to just sit and read, have a few nibbles and then go to a talk about books. Heaven!

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  15. Oh this isn't too far from my neck of the woods :)
    Shropshire is beautiful, I'm glad you had a lovely time!
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

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  16. It looks like you had a lovely weekend Rosie. The photos of the flowers are beautiful.

    Lucy & The Boys

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  17. I would love to visit Hay on Wye solely for the bookshops! I love Ludlow too xx

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  18. Aww, such lovely photos. I have high hopes that I'll see you soon! x x

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  19. This looks like the perfect little break!

    Sophie
    http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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