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Well, I’ve moved into the apartment I was supposed to be in all week, until she made a mix up with the bookings. I’m very glad to be out of the B&B (far too much need to be sociable before breakfast) but the main reason I booked this place was that it had wifi. Which it does, but only in the kitchen, the bathroom, and at one end of the dining table if it’s not raining. They don’t seem to see a problem with this, and I’m too much of a wimp to argue. I’m a bit uncomfortable all round – this was supposed to be a self contained unit, but it’s accessed via a door that leads into their part of the house, and I can’t lock the door to my bit. I’m finding myself sneaking around trying not to bump into anyone. Bah.

But anyway, on Monday I went out for the day – I needed to stock up on food, so I planned to end up in Hereford, but otherwise I just pointed the car and looked for interesting things, some of which I managed to photograph. On reflection, they’re mostly churches, which wasn’t actually intentional. But do stick with me, there are crafty interludes!

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This church with a very odd tower was the first thing to catch my eye, in a small village called Kinnersley.

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It was a fairly typical English church inside,

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but with interesting painted plaster on the walls. I can’t remember seeing anything like that before.

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Outside the graveyard was rather overgrown.

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And just behind the church was a fascinating looking old house. Sadly there didn’t seem to be any access to it.

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I saw a sign to Leominster (pronounced, with typical English logic, Lemster) and found that I’d parked just next to the Priory Church. I gather it’s all that remains of a priory which fell victim to Henry VIII, and it’s a bit of a hotch-potch inside.

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There are essentially three aisles, at one side divided by slender Victorian columns,

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and at the other side, by chunky Norman arches.

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There were a couple of interesting crafty things in the church, firstly this quilted ‘stained glass window’, showing local scenes.

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And next this ‘tapestry’, as they described it, with 100 roundels on a background of Ryeland fleece (Ryelands are the local sheep, sometimes called the Lemster Ore, according to information in the church).

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There’s also, somewhat bizarrely, an old ducking stool, which was apparently dumped in the church many years ago after its last use and never moved.

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Looking out of the doorway of the church.

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Leominster itself is a attractive small town, with a mixed bag of buildings.

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I stumbled across the folk museum, and wandered in. These smocks caught my eye,

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There was no information about them, so I asked the couple who were in charge (presumably volunteers) what sort of date they were, and soon regretted it, as he insisted on not only searching out two books about smocks, but then making me look through them both at length. I did impress them by mentioning Sussex round smocks though, which is pretty much the only thing I know about smocks, and that’s only from reading Elsie Oxenham books.

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Other gems of the collection were an original cider press.

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And a display of corn dollies.

I was heading back to the car, thinking I’d exhausted the possibilities of Leominster, when I spotted this.

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The Sheep Shed, a shop selling locally produced hand spun yarn and hand knitted garments. Actually the website in the link doesn’t actually mention the shop at all, but that’s what’s on the leaflet she gave me! The shop’s at 5 High Street, closed Wednesdays.

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All in natural colours.

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Well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

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I finally made it back to the car and headed down the A49 to Hereford, passing many flooded fields en route.

Hereford annoyed me by directing me to a car park which when I got there turned out to only be open to the public at weekends, and then not telling me how to get to a different one. I drove around for a while, but ended up parking on the street in a two hour space, so I had to rush around, and forgot to take any photos until I got to the Cathedral.

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This is a radiator! There are four, but apparently they don’t actually do a lot in terms of heating the huge space.

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This is a tiny side chapel with an amazing ceiling.

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And outside this chap is forever contemplating the cathedral. I don’t know why or who he is – if there was an explanation I missed it.

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And then back to the apartment, where I found that the hitherto empty field outside my window had suddenly become home to a huge flock of sheep and lambs, who are very entertaining if a little noisy first thing in the morning!

Right, now to see if I can persuade this lot to upload on the very dodgy internet connection!

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