Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Enjoying Herefordshire.

Whilst Mr Ben and Miss Fleur are being totally spoiled and cosseted at home by Aunty June, Mr B and I are spending two weeks here in the UK exploring the beautiful county of Herefordshire, famous for its Historic Black and White villages.
Shepherds Rest at Hill Farm a small, cosy cottage for two, high on a hill in the village of Much Marcle situated close to the market town of Ledbury, is our base this week.

We are surrounded by wide open fields, it's like being at home but with sheep not cows, it is a working farm after all.
All around are apple orchards and the village is home to Westons Cider established in 1880 and still making cider the traditional way.
Market House, Ledbury.
Today we went shopping in Ledbury where I took this photo of the 17th century black & white Market House in the centre of town.
Originally it was the towns grain store and it is still used for council meetings.
It was completed in 1653 by John Abel, the "Kings Carpenter".

Tomorrow we're off to visit Hampton Court Castle and Gardens for the British Red Cross Great Spring Gardening Event, stay tuned for pix!


  1. Hello Maggie! How wonderful to see these gorgeous pictures from Herefordshire! It looks like this is a perfect time of year to visit that area as the sun is shining!

    So glad to see that you have been well and having a good time. Enjoy this trip!

    Best wishes always,

    PS Sorry I haven't been by for a while. I am still "slowly" getting back into blogging! xo

  2. Looks lovely, terrific weather too ! Hope you have a good time tomorrow, I'm envious.....

  3. Maggie, You are only about 45 minutes from me- My friend used to live in Much Marcle so know exactly where you are. You will love Hampton Court Garden.
    If you can fit in a visit to me whilst you are almost in my neck of the woods please let me know.

  4. Maggie, it looks like an ideal spot. Have fun at Hampton Court tomorrow. I'll be eager to see the photos. ~ Sarah

  5. Hi Maggie... looks and sounds like you are having soooo much fun, my friend! I loved all of your photos...simply gorgeous! Thanks for sharing them with us!

    I just wanted to stop by to say hello and see how you were doing! I didn't realize that you were vacationing! Hehe! Since I have been on a little blogging break...I am trying to do a little catching up! Have lots of fun and I'll be waiting for more photos!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  6. What a nice trip. Please post pictures of Hampton Court :D

  7. I've never heard the term "black and white villages" before but do remember seeing some buildings like this in Crawley. Enjoy your vacation!

  8. Hi Maggie,
    What a wonderful vacation!! I love your photos, especially the first one. Have a great time!!

  9. Welcome home to the UK and how lucky you are with this lovely weather. I hadn't heard of this Hampton Court until recently, I only knew the one near Kingston upon Thames. Looking forward to seeing the photographs. Have a great time, Jackie in Surrey.

  10. Looks like you're having a great time over here as well!!! Hampton Court is a favorite place and I'll have to look into that gardening event!!!

    We did do Stourhead gardens yesterday -- amazing!

  11. How lovely! My sister in law and family live near Hereford, and we often stopped off at Ledbury after visiting them - we found a gret campsite on a pub field there once! Thanks for the photos and I hope you continue to have a wonderful time.

  12. Looks like you've hit it right for sunny days dear - hope it continues for us this coming week!

    Beautiful English countryside pics - can't wait to get there too. Hampton Court Garden show should be fabulous - have fun!!

    Hugs - Mary

  13. Hi Maggie,
    Lucky You!!! It looks like such a wonderful place to be! Your pictures are glorious! Have LOTS of fun and we'll be waiting for MORE PICTURES!!!Thank you so much for bringing us along...
    Big Hugs,

  14. Hello Maggie
    Thank you for visiting my blog :o)
    So pleased you are enjoying Herefordshire - my dear cousin lives there, it's such a lovely, unspoilt county.
    I'm sure you'll have a great time with Martha! Enjoy the rest of your stay :o)
    Best wishes
    Rose H (Second Hand Rose)

  15. Looks like a great time....I love Hanpton Court. Last time I was in their gardens was before the Quimper Club meeting in Bath and they were wonderful...I have photos somewhere. Have fun and talk soon, Let me know when your home again.


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