"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Thursday 30 November 2023

Herefordshire 2023 - November Visit - Part 3: Leominster


On the Thursday rain was forecast but it was actually dry, if cloudy, all day.

We've moved the birdbath to the border under the hawthorn hedge so we can see it from the kitchen window.

We've put the sundial where the birdbath was at the side of the caravan.  The pot isn't as tall as I would have liked a plinth to be but at least we have somewhere to put the sundial itself.

View from the window by the table. 

D and I had talked of going to the Hop Pocket Shopping Village on the Thursday and I was hoping to stop off too at Bishop's Frome church but B wanted some things from Leominster so Leominster it was!  Sorry the posts this visit are all a bit samey and I know I post about Tenbury Wells and Leominster a lot!

As with other market towns in the area Leominster is blessed with a good selection of independent shops.  This stationer's is one of D and I's favourites.

This is the little art gallery where B bought my 70th birthday painting last year - some of you may remember it.

I spent a fortune in Rossiters bookshop.  Some presents but I have to admit a few sneaky items for me too!  I've found another print of a British Rail poster of Herefordshire - this time featuring a view of Weobley village.  I also bought a recently published book comprising The Shropshire Lad by A E Houseman illustrated with photos of Shropshire.

A yet to be decorated Christmas Tree in the market square.

We stopped off at B and Q and went a walk along the River Kenwater which was very high.

All photos taken by me with the Panasonic Lumix FZ330 bridge camera. (I don't particularly rate my photos but if anyone wishes to use one or one of my son's I would be grateful for an email first - thanks).


Rustic Pumpkin said...

Suddenly, the sundial is making perfect sense.
How lucky you are to have a stationery shop you like. My nearest shopping centre only has SET office supplies and a tiny shelf in a WH Smiths. I do have an NT High Street shop nearby which sells lovely note cards but most of my stationery is now bought online or I make it myself.
Lovely photo of Timothy, Treasure says to tell him there's something afoot at the Hideaway Hug

Ragged Robin said...

Rustic Pumpkin - Thanks so much. Yes son and daughter bought it for OH for his 70th and they thought it came with a plinth! The price it cost it should have done!
We have nothing like that stationery shop at home except for WHS. Its brilliant - stationery of every description cards, notebooks, pens, paper, card, games jigsaws, art stuff, craft stuff, wrapping paper, gifts. You name it the shop has it!
Timothy says tell Treasure he is intrigued!!!!!

CherryPie said...

I always love a visit to the Hop Pocket shopping village. It is time I went back for another visit.

Hello Timothy, it is getting rather cold so remember to wrap up warm when you go on you adventures.

Rosie said...

Lovely to see Leominster again and glad you were able to buy books. I love book shops and stationers too. I've bought three books recently as gifts for Christmas. I googled Hop Pocket Shopping Village as it sounded intriguing, it looks a nice place to visit. The sundial looks good on its new resting place. The river in town looks very high. Timothy will be glad of his jumper and scarf this morning:)

Ragged Robin said...

CherryPie - Thanks so much - the Hop Pocket is wonderful we discovered it some years ago when we went for the day to Bromyard for the SciFiction Museum and then onto Castle Frome church.
Timothy is well wrapped up :)

Rosie - Thanks so much - you cannot beat an indepedent book shop or stationers :) Great for gifts and treats :) I am sure you would like the Hop Pocket. Timothy is dressed very warmly!

Rajani Rehana said...

Beautiful blog

Ragged Robin said...

Rajani Rehana - Thank you.