"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

Monday 15 April 2024

April Visit to Herefordshire - Part 1: Hatfield and Leominster


We returned to Herefordshire last week for four nights as the weather forecast finally seemed a little better!

I remembered Timothy this time!  Here he is on the journey constantly asking "Are we there yet?" !!!!

We arrived on the Wednesday to a power cut! Luckily it didn't last very long.  After unpacking and lunch we did the usual click and collect at Morrisons.

We didn't go anywhere Thursday - to be honest I am still sleeping badly and if I have a particularly bad night I feel too tired to drive. B wanted to spend the day gardening and D was happy to work on his OU studies.

I took a few photos of the 

Herefordshire Oak

The Constable Tree and the

Octopus Tree

Hopefully, next month we shall start seeing leaves appearing.

B has put up the Tree Creeper nest box we bought although it may be too late for this year but I believe they have two broods a year so perhaps we will be lucky.  We often see Tree Creepers in the trees at the rear of the caravan where we have located the nest box.

Rosemary is growing well as are the mini Alliums.

Flowering Currant in the Walled Garden.  I wandered up there to see if they have information on this year's NGS Open Days in the little information room - no brochures to be seen there yet.

I went out with the bat detector most evenings and picked up calls on the detector and saw bats each time.  Some were emerging at sunset much earlier than the ones we saw last year so I suspect there may be several species on site not just the Natterer bats.  I also saw my first Small Tortoiseshell and Orange Tip of the year and there were several sightings of a pair of Red Kites over the caravan site. D could hear a Tawny Owl calling when we were out looking for bats. 

On Friday we popped into Leominster town centre for a few items.

I think I've said this before but whenever I see this shop I think of the Merrily Watkins' books by Phil Rickman. I am sure her daughter Jane would visit this shop :)

There was a market in the square and I quite liked some of these stone items.

B saw this museum featured briefly in a tv programme recently.  I think it is open most days so when we have more time we will visit.

D bought some asparagus to have with tea one night from this market stall.

No visit to Leominster is complete without a quick look in Rossiters bookshop.  I resisted temptation and didn't buy a book for myself but I did buy a signed copy of Crypt by Professor Alice Roberts for D's birthday.

After lunch D and I went to the local churchyard to look for primroses but I will write about that in the next post.

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 mine or my son's I would be grateful for an email first - thanks)


CherryPie said...

Hello Timothy it looks like you had a satisfactory adventure.

I am currently reading book that I bought in the Monmouth branch of Rossiter. It was a fabulous book with many books to tempt me.

Ragged Robin said...

Cherry Pie - Thank you and Timothy did enjoy himself.

Rossiters are a brilliant bookshop. They have a superb section with local books on Herefordshire many by Logaston Press. Easy to spend a fortune :)

Rosie said...

Lovely post. Good that you had some reasonable weather for your visit. It all sounds very relaxing and I hope you were able to catch up on sleep. Timothy looks as if he is enjoying himself:)

Rustic Pumpkin said...

How lovely to see Timothy! I hope he enjoyed his visit maybe even had some cake?
Is it really time to start recording the trees again? Year three? It will be interesting to do a comparison year on year, in light of climate change.
I do rather like those Green Man plaques, especially the larger round one.

Ragged Robin said...

Rosie - Thanks so much. The weather was good thanks and it was so good to get away even if only for a few days. Timothy was glad to be back too :)

Rustic Pumpkin - Thanks so much. Timothy certainly enjoyed his visit - no cake but he did have some toasted ciabatta :)
Good thinking re the trees. I will bear that in mind - thank you.
I liked the large plaque too - realised from photo there must have been a dragon next to it which I missed :( They were quite reasonable I thought.

Bovey Belle said...

I am long overdue a visit to Leominster. Keith and I always used to go together (often on our wedding anniversary) to wander round the antique shops together, and I feel very guilty if I go without him. Which is why I haven't been near it since we got here.

Note to self though - keep away from Rossiter's bookshop . . .

Ragged Robin said...

Bovey Belle - Thanks so much. I am sorry you haven't been to Leominster recently but I can of course understand your reasons.
Rossiters has a lot of very tempting books. I have spent a fortune there over the last 3 or so years! They have a superb section on Herefordshire books including a lot by the superb Logaston Press. It is one of the best bookshops I have been in.

The Quacks of Life said...

you left him at home!!!! outrageous

Leominster is a nice town isn't it!! I am keeping away from book shops..... :)

Ragged Robin said...

The Quacks of Life - Thanks. Yes I forgot him last visit. Got off motorway at Worcester and thought heck! I've forgotten Timothy. He still hasn't forgiven me!
I need to resist temptation re: book purchases. I have so many to read on kindle, here at home and at caravan!

Millymollymandy said...

Sorry you are not sleeping well but I hope you caught up with your sleep during these calm days at the caravan.

I love hearing about what things you heard and saw, and how your garden and the special trees are coming along.

Love some of those stone ornaments too - and only £12! Also K bought us some asparagus recently, from Spain - and it was a lot more expensive than your lovely British asparagus!

Crypt sounds interesting - I'll have to google that. We watch Digging for Britain with Alice Roberts and K is really into archaelogy. Maybe a Xmas pressie for him?!

Ragged Robin said...

Millymollymandy. Thanks so much. I am so glad you enjoy the posts on the caravan site as sometimes I feel they are a bit samey!

I think I should perhaps have considered buying one of those stone ornaments although nowhere really at caravan to put one. I am annoyed I missed the one of a dragon too! Interesting about your asparagus purchase being so expensive. D does like to buy local stuff if he can although this did come from Kent. Legge's in Bromyard may have more local English asparagus available soon - they did last year.

We enjoy Digging for Britain too! I think Alice Roberts has brought out several books and Crypt is the latest. Sounds a good idea for a Christmas present for K :) Just started watching the new BBC series on the latest excavation at Pompeii which is very interesting.

Millymollymandy said...

We are watching the Pompeii series too - isn't it amazing?

I looked up that book and it is part 3 of a trilogy so I think the whole trilogy will make a nice Xmas pressie. It's hard to think of things to get him for gifts as it is. Men are so difficult to buy for!

Ragged Robin said...

Millymollymandy - Thanks so much. Yes Pompeii is great - not seen episode 2 yet buts its recorded. Alice Roberts has just started recording another Digging for Britain series I think.

Good idea re the Trilogy. If David enjoys Crypt I will buy him the other 2 for Christmas. I usually find him easy to buy for as we share so many interests although it does get harder as the years pass and I have to check what I have bought him before. I find my daughter difficult to buy for and as for OH - apart from a shirt and chocolates his other presents have to be suggested by him as he is so fussy over what he wants!