The Golden Hour In The Borderland


This photo was taken last December when we spent a few days in the England-Wales border town of Hay-on-Wye. I was standing in the main car park as the landscape lit up. It was very very cold, a prelude to the big snow that happened soon afterwards. Thankfully it waited till we had made it home before it descended. Travelling on rural Hereford and Shropshire byways under two feet of snow would not have been a good experience.

Hay is a tiny town on the banks of the majestic River Wye, but though small it has a world-wide reputation, both for the number of its second hand book shops and now as the home of a famous annual literary festival to which I have yet to take myself. Anyway, here’s a glimpse of the book shop that started it all, a place where one may spend many many hours. It also has a very excellent cafe and a cinema. So much bliss under one roof.

Time Square #14


33 thoughts on “The Golden Hour In The Borderland

  1. Gloriously russet tones Tish. This is one of my fave places – vaguely considering making a move to Hereford part of the world as the Wye is my favourite river and have spent good times in Hay. Was not at the book fair but the book shop took hours off my life!

    1. I’ve been thinking of Herefordshire too, or at least a part of Shropshire that’s closer to it. Been reading John Lewis-Stempel’s The Running Hare – a love story of making a chemical free meadow in rural Herefordshire.

  2. It was my first visit to Wales last week and besides the books I especially enjoyed the landscape surrounding Hay. It was so windy, we refrained from hiking to the top of Hay Bluff, brrr …

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