Whether it’s due to Global Warming, or just random weather, there does seem to have been a lot of storms (with silly names) lately, and as a result a lot of flooding.  We in the Borders have got off relatively lightly compared to many areas. We have not been cut off, nor have we lost […]

Dark Skies at Hay Castle

There’s an exhibition running in the gallery at Hay Castle right now that I must tell you about. It’s called “Dark Skies”, It’s by artist Judy Goldhill, it runs until early January next year, and I absolutely love it. If the dark, the night, or the stars and the universe move you at all, do […]

The Winter Festival

I used to dread autumn. It meant the end of summer, the start of dark days and cold weather, all those sunny outdoor days a thing of the past. Well even without the Hay Winter Festival I had already come to recognize the beauty and atmosphere of the turning of the year, and the Winter […]


Lordy it has been HOT. Last weekend we had a much needed break to visit family in Brighton. The grass everywhere was a parched brown as you can see in the photo of Brighton Pavilion. Milly and Emma happily posed in front of the extraordinary building before we made our way to the beach. Even […]

Haysy Summer

Goodness this year is flying by. Maybe that’s a good thing considering all the nonsense that’s cropping up at home and abroad. I’m not here to dwell on that, but to consider the good things about life here in Hay. Of course it is the literary Hay Festival that many years ago put the town […]

The Festival Approaches

As this page is called “View from the Gallery” I thought I would show the actual view we had a few days ago, when this young lady parked briefly in front of the gallery. Where’s a traffic warden when you need one?! I jest, it was a charming scene, and at least one of the […]

Spring is Nearly Sprung

Well it has been snowing, and blowing with a freezing north wind, but spring is on its way. Buds are budding, daffodils are blooming, and the visitors are returning to Hay. Having moved here last year, the garden we inherited was just a medium sized rectangle of grass. So over recent months a lot of […]

Dark Days

I was going to call this “Stormy Weather” and say a bit about all the storms we have been having, and so on. Today however is the 24th February 2022, which has turned into a dark day in history. Russia has invaded Ukraine. I know nothing of the country or its people, but they are […]

Christmas in Hay

This will be our first Christmas in Hay, both for business and home. And what a strange Christmas run in we all will have thanks to Omicron. Up till a few days ago the town was bustling and busy, now at what should be a prime trading time, everywhere is quiet as people heed the […]

Hay Castle

Hay Castle has a long and chequered history. The earliest parts are Norman, built when the French spread westwards into Wales . The main body is Jacobean, and over recent centuries various owners have tinkered with it, adding parapets and suchlike, so like most old buildings it is a complete patchwork. Oh and it has […]