Saturday, 1 January 2011

Lovely Leominster


New Years Eve and the first opportunity we have had in weeks to get out and about. There's no snow to hamper us any longer and pretty though it was I'm heartily glad to see the back of it. The rush and responsibilities of Christmas are over and normal life can begin again.

Teenage Boy decided that friends and the local park were much more exciting, so we were free to have a day out without any grumps or groans or 'can we go home now' uttered every five minutes. Mr F. suggested a trip to Leominster. How I love this place. Full of antiques and shops selling vintage it's just the sort of place I love running riot in. Shop fronts are genteel Georgian affairs





and shop windows are filled with goodies that entice me inside followed by a very patient OH. Generally, it's not an expensive place either and wonderful things can be found for pocket money.


One of my faves is The Blue Door, full of vintage and new items that would sit so nicely in my home


and the rambling Zani's with room after room full of such lusciousness I don't know where to look first.


These were my acquisitions from Zani's yesterday. An old metal sign to be fixed to the garden wall


and some gorgeously coloured threads that will be displayed at a later date.



Oh the excitement! Of course everyone has to visit Utter Clutter. But do go on a diet before your visit - space is VERY tight!




By contrast Minster House rambles upstairs and downstairs, into the cellar and out into the garden and has things for sale from a couple of quid into the hundreds.....something for everyone. There's even a roaring open fire in the winter. If only they served tea.




Nevermind, we were able to visit Barber and Manuel for tea and the BEST chocolate brownies ever

sat in front of a fireplace still decorated with Christmas stockings made from vintage fabrics. Oh! I'm so glad to be out and about and back to normal.



Happy New Year everyone.

22 comments:

Simone said...

Some lovely looking shops there! I am glad things are nearly back to 'normal' now. Happy New Year to you and your family. x

Pretty at Heart said...

Ooh this does look like a nice place to visit. Is it in Warwickshire?? Might have to put this on my list for somewhere to go when the weather gets a bit warmer.
Happy New Year from a Blogger in Training!! -x-

Sal said...

Oooh gorgeous! It brings back memories of our visit!
A very Happy New Year!! ;-)x

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Leominster looks lovely! Have a wonderful 2011. x

Kaylovesvintage said...

happy new year

that looks like a wonderful place,lots of vintage ,thanks

Rosie said...

It's years since we visited Leominster - your post has made me want to visit again. The shops look lovely - you are right - it is nice to get back to normal:) Happy New year!

The Vintage Knitter said...

I've never been to Leominster, but after reading your post I'll have to put it on the 'must do' list for this year.

Tabiboo said...

Happy New Year and here's to a wonderful one.

Nina xxx

TAPESTRIESOFNATURE said...

OH, THIS POST DOES MAKE MY HEART HURT! THIS WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE TOWNS TO GO ANTIQUING IN AND JUST STAY FOR HOURS AND HOURS AND HOURS! (i usually ended up with a parking ticket because i would loose all sense of time) THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR TOUR OF THIS WONDERFUL TOWN.

MAY THE NEW YEAR BRING THE BEST FOR YOU AND YOURS.

Pipany said...

What a gorgeous place! Thank you for the tour and Happy New Year x

potterjotter said...

Am ashamed to say I had to look up where Leominster was ... but will now definitely go there one day, it looks lovely.

Vintage Tea Time said...

Leominster's great, isn't it? I live in Hereford! Ledbury has some great shops too - Hus and Hem, Wyatt's, etc.

Posie said...

Now that looks like my kind of shopping trip. Happy New Year.

*✿* millie meadowsweet *✿* said...

hello my lovely

i am not sure you will recognise me as millie meadowsweet, but you may just possibly remember me from my previous incarnation as skipping in the meadow. yes, i'm back! this time for for keeps (i hope) and its so lovely to see your sweet blog this new year.

wishing you a very happy, sparkly, healthy 2011
lots of love and hugs xxx

millie (sumea)

Pretty at Heart said...

Thanks for your kitchen comments. I do love those tiles.....I must admit that I had them in white in my kitchen in our last house!
It wasnt meant to be quite so pink, but it seems to be taking over the blue and red! Just need to find a pink or blue washing up bowl - very hard to find, so if you know of any................!!
-x-

ted and bunny said...

hi- just popped in to say thanks for your sweet comment, and had a nice time looking through your past posts.
Happy New Year to you
xx

*✿*millie meadowsweet*✿* said...

thank you so much for the sweet comment :o)

wishing you a wonderful a wonderful week xxx

millie

Helen said...

Oh it looks yummy . . . . . wished I lived nearer !!

Louise said...

I don't believe I have ever visited Leominster. Just hope I do one day. Certainly looks like a great place. Lovely photos in your posts too. x

Nancy Lee said...

I have had a wonderful visit to your blog. I am trying not to be jealous of the effortless Cath Kidston purchases, the open fireplaces and tea shops, and all the lovely photos of things British...
Thank you so much for sharing!

Victoria said...

Those shops look utterly wonderful! I'd love to have a nosy round. x

debbie crooks said...

Hi, Just found your blog. Yes Leominister is lovely and great antiques shops there! I'm local and in Hereford & run a little shop in the Antiques centre there. Next time you vist, you should pop along to see us there, Hereford is lovely too and we have a fab Antique Centre!
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