What to do, what to do? A Saturday morning and time to do as we please. It’s wonderful isn’t it? I know my better half wants to go to Presteigne, a small town about 8 miles away. That’s fine by me, Presteigne is a delightful place, so an early lunch and off we go. The weather was cloudy and breezy when we set off, but by the time we arrived the sun was making its presence felt.
The Furniture Barn
Many of these towns have a furniture barn, there’s a similar one in Knighton. It’s basically an old barn or large shed full of donated furniture and bric a brac. The idea being that the items can be sold to the local community and the proceeds put back to use in the community. A win – win situation for everyone. This was our first port of call today and we had soon purchase a bowl and jug, the sort that goes in the bedroom and 5 china plates.
The Coffee House
From there we meandered down the High Street, stopping at the greengrocers store to buy fresh produce. Beans, tomatoes, potatoes and mushrooms. Then it was time for refreshment at The Coffee House. I felt bad not buying something to eat, but we had an early lunch. However, there were plenty of others there ordering food, so we needn’t feel too bad.
There was a lovely old car from the 1920’s
On The Next Corner
Back outside, the sun was trying its best to shine and did so with some success. On the next corner was a very old car, I think from the 1920’s. There were a couple sat in it, a lady in the back seat and a man in the front passenger seat. A driver appeared from a shop doorway wearing a jacket with the words “Gentleman Drivers” on the back. He pulled on a leather type helmet, more akin to what a Spitfire pilot would wear. He climbed aboard and after a minute or so of pushing and pulling levers he drove off.
Another Up-cycling Project?
We called at another antique/second hand shop, but it was closed. There is a note on the door saying the owner has gone out for a while. I’m sure the same note was on the door the last time we visited! There’s an old mirror unit in there that would fit on to a chest of drawers that my wife is interested in. She thinks it will make an excellent up-cycling project. Oh well, we will have to wait until the owner eventually opens up the shop.
Coming across another shop that had hundreds of old books outside, my wife came upon a real gem. Well, it was to her. A bargain at 50p, it’s called “A Flower Book For The Pocket” by MacGregor Skene and is full of prints of lovely drawings of wild flowers. Printed in 1935 and with a well worn hardcover, it was worth every penny. It will be a very useful asset on our walks through the countryside.
We Headed Home
Time moves on and most of the shops were closing for business by 5:00pm. We headed home with quite a few items we had no idea we would be buying when we set out. It’s a very nice place is Presteigne and has a thriving community. It’s not short of a pub or two either. If you’re passing that way, it’s worth a stop off.
You can find more about the town on Wikipedia.