Literature, Textiles and Food!

This week we have been enjoying a week away in Crickhowell so that we could spend a few days at the Hay Festival and enjoy the local countryside. And, what a week it was!

We arrived on Friday and immediately set off on a walk across the local hills – a five hour trek that was beautiful but tiring!!

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And getting back for a long hot soak in the bath took longer than expected because we hadn’t factored in the rush hour farming traffic….

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Saturday to Tuesday was spent at the Hay festival listening to some very intersting people.

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There was Kazuo Ishiguro who wrote Remains of the Day and Anita Anand (presenter of Any Answers) who has written a book about Princess Sophia Duleep Singh who was the God daughter of Queen Victoria. A fascinating insight into her role as a suffragette and revolutionary.

We also heard Amitav Ghosh talk about his third book in the Ibis trilogy. I can’t wait to start on this – it seems to have taken an age to be published! There was also a fascinating session about the Bletchley girls from Tessa Dunlop; a wonderful talk from Sandi Toksvig who seems to be planning to take over the world and Shami Chakrabarti from Liberty emphasised the importance of protecting our Human Rights. So many books to read and not enough hours in the day!

With the brain bursting with litearture it was time to take a break so on Wednesday we walked from Crickhowell to Abergavenny along the canal towpath. It is a beautiful walk – made all the better because it was a beautiful day.

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When we arrived in Abergavenny we checked out the museum and castle where I came across a quilt made by members of the University of the Third Age creative craft group.

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Someone had also been very creative in the grounds of the castle as many of the trees had been yarn bombed!

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We also came across a beautiful tapestry which was made by 60 local volunteers. It was started in 2000, completed in 2006 and hangs in the Tythe Barn at st Mary’s Priory.

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I missed out on seeing the Usk Tapestry which was being exhibited in Usk Castle on 31 May – on view to celebrate its completion.

We finished our trip to Abergavenny with a visit to the flea market. Whoever said that ‘pigs might fly?’ They were right – it can only happen in Abergavenny!

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And, no trip to Crickhowell would be complete without a visit to the Black Mountain smokery. So many yummy things!!!

The week long break had come to an end but there was one more treat in store – a trip to Ledbury to take part in an Angie Hughes workshop – Indian print blocking. It was a brilliant day, and as well as learning how to make and use your your own print blocks wthere was a bit of foiling thrown in as well – what more could you ask for.

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  1. Pingback: Block Printing Workshop | Monica Dennis

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