Sunday 1 August 2004

Had a nice trip to Hay-on-Wye on Saturday - apparently it was one of the busiest days you could pick to hit the M5 because school holidays mean everyone and his caravan was heading down to the South-West. Amazingly, the Hereford/Borders area seems to avoid most of this traffic, in spite of being one of the most beautiful parts of the country.

Anyway - it was a gorgeous sunny day, and we popped in to Dunkertons on the way down to buy some cider (frisquette and I bought one mixed case, Dave & Jan bought about 6 cases!). Basically this is the farm shop of an organic cider brewery. We were served by a chap with a nice country burr and a marvellous mullet. Excellent - just what you need when in the english countryside - some yokels and some cider........We elected to have a few bottles of the medium dry Black Fox, a few bottles of the Organic Extra Dry and one bottle of Perry. Mmmm appley alcoholic goodness.

Was quite restrained in Hay itself - purchased one wisden (1992), one book on the bodyline series, and two of the wisden anthology things. Had some nice tucker and some decent company. All in all a nice way to spend the day. In spite of the early-ish start, the long drive and the late arrival back, somehow much more relaxing than my normal saturday routine.

Nice part of the world. I think we will be going back for a long weekend.

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