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Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Firs & Hay-On-Wye

Yes its the last holiday of the year time...... it's going to be a long winter!

I'm in Hay-On-Wye for four nights at the mo and started the holiday by visiting a brand new National Trust property! 

The Firs (birth place of Sir Edward Elgar - Enigma Variations, Salut d'Amour, that Cello Concerto) has been a museum for a while I believe but is now in the care of the National Trust. It opened at the beginning of the month ( a soft launch I believe) with the first full season next year). The agreement with the Elgar Foundation is for a trial period of five years.....

You park at the visitors centre which has a nice time line about Elgar's life, an introductory video, a small shop and a tea room ;)

They have a bear!! Got to love a property which has a sense of fun!

This is a Xylophone

Elgar is looking out towards the Malvern Hills

Given Elgar lived in over 50 properties why his birthplace ? Given he moved out at 2 1/2 it hardly played a part in his musical life! Well apparently it was his wish that if any of his homes was to be preserved it be this one.

And so to Hay..... and what has happened? Lots of book shops seem to have gone and the place seems to have moved up market! I can't say I approve of this!! And the book shops remaining are well less stocked heh ho.

The view from Hay bridge

The castle

It started to rain hard so I've adjourned to the pub!


Ragged Robin said...

It looks as though NT has done a great job with Elgar's birthplace. I really must visit soon. Shame about disappearing bookshops :( Hope weather improves tomorrow for you.

Tricia Ryder said...

Looks a fascinating place to visit and interesting that Elgar chose this house to be his memorial.

Love the teddy.. what a great touch.

Pity about the changes in Hay itself, has to survive I spose..and victim of electronic books I feel