Brobury, one of our favourite gardens.

We are surrounded by very special landscapes here in Hay, ranging from the mighty Beacons, Bannau Brycheiniog, the beautiful river Wye, to gentle hills dotted with sheep. But to wander around a lovely garden is a special pleasure and a fine way to unwind and find inspiration. Within 15 minutes drive from Hay is Brobury […]

Finding Inspiration in the Livestock Market

The most important thing in a gallery is the art and craft. The British Isles is teeming with brilliant and imaginative folk who express themselves in their wonderful creations. But how does that work find its way into a gallery? When I started the gallery back in 2000 the internet was still in its relative […]

Walking into Spring

The daffodils are up, the Hay Festival brochure is released, and the season is slowly turning. Hay Festival is of course a highlight of the year, but there is so much more to this town than the festival and the bookshops. Nestling in a beautiful landscape in the Brecon Beacons National Park, or Bannau Brycheiniog […]


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 […]