Our week that was: Litter pick, antique fair and apple pie

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Summer is slowly turning towards autumn. The garden is looking a little scruffy with the grasses and wild flowers in need of chopping back. Our huge sycamore has begun to drop a few leaves here and there in preparation for its big release. The week saw a couple of events for us; an early morning drive to an antique fair for Justin and a local litter picking mission for me.

Village litter pick, Aug 2024

Village litter pick

I organised for some of us Women’s Institute members to meet up to do a tidy up around our village. I borrowed a litter picking kit from the local council – a very easy task done via their website. Justin & I collected the kit a few days later from the library in Aberystwyth town centre. The bundle comprised grabbers, refuse bags, bag hoops (for keeping the bags open as you fill them) and heavy-duty gloves.

Four of us met up outside the village church and set about clearing the verges of plastic drinks bottles, cans, fast food containers, crisp packets and the like. We collected about one large bin bag full between us in about 2 hours. We were having such a good time nattering to each other along the way that we didn’t realise we’d walked about 4 miles. Good for the village AND our health!

Antiques fair held at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Showground at Builth Wells

Builth Wells

The twice-yearly antiques fair held at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Showground at Builth Wells was on again this week. It’s a huge, 2-day event with hundreds of dealers indoors and out from all over the UK.

Antiques fair held at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Showground at Builth Wells

Justin picked up a few choice items, including an antique margarine crock that has been receiving a lot of love over on our home Instagram account.

Antique custard sandwich biscuit tinAntique glazed margarine crock with wooden lidHearts decorated vintage pottery coffee set
Pair of antique brass candlesticksAntique white pottery candle holderAntique wooden bread board

All the items above will be hitting our web shop or listed on eBay in the not too distant future, so keep an eye out if anything is of interest… or contact us to reserve.

Homemade apple pie

Apple pie

The first thing I made with the apples I picked last week from a friend’s orchard was a plain apple pie. Without the addition of cinnamon, blackberries or sultanas, we could easier judge the flavour of the baker’s delicious variety. It was certainly delicious – the pieces of apple held its form on cooking and kept its colour too. A good all-round cooker.

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