Under the Tump

This week we received an advance copy of Under the Tump: Sketches of Real Life on the Welsh Borders by Oliver Balch. The book features Pottery Cottage on the front cover, on the pages of the book, and is even referenced in the title. ‘Tump’ (or ‘twmp’) is the name for a castle mound, and Pottery Cottage is built under the Clyro tump, where a 13th century castle once stood.

Under the Tump will be published by Faber & Faber on May 19, 2016, and it is available for pre-order now. We will copies for sale at Pottery Cottage B&B from May, and of course Oliver will be happy to sign copies for guests!

 

Under the Tump - cover

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Garden in bloom

Garden in bloom

It’s lovely to see the garden springing into bloom. For 18 months it was a building site with piles of rubble, junk, wood and stone on a sea of mud, so it is very cheering to see it busting with colour. Raspberry and blackberry bushes went in today, so we look forward to a bumper crop of fruit from them along with the apples, cherries, figs and blueberries, and there’s a spot in the corner for a small plum tree. Fruit from the garden will be included in the breakfast basket!