I was trying earlier to work out the last time I went to Devizes, and it was a little depressing to realise it was about 20 years... thinking about anything I was doing 20 years ago makes me feel soooo old!
Anyway, I got to my Mum's house a bit later than I'd planned - almost 10 am. Before going out I had to say hello to her cat - sadly, he is about 12 and has been having kidney issues. Lately he's been refusing to eat, and has lost weight, so my Mum & her OH have decided if he doesn't start picking up soon they will have to have him put out of his misery. Its a heart breaking decision to make, but they can't let him starve himself to death... in a way, this visit was partly to say goodbye to him. However, the good news was that the novelty value of my visit seemed to perk him up a bit! He has been going off to sit staring into space by himself a lot, but when I called him over he came to see me, and he was persuaded to drink some milk, eat a little fishy catfood, and sit on some laps. It was good to see, but what used to be a satisfying solid-feeling cat now feels like a bag of bones in a fur coat, so I'm afraid to hope too much that he's really doing better.
We headed into Devizes on market day. Its a really good market place to visit - as well as the main market in the square there was an antique and collector's fair in the Corn Exchange, and a little market called The Shambles (The Famous Shambles, in fact!):
In this market was a wonderful little butchers stall selling the most amazing Pork & Leek sausages, among other things. I bought a pack of pork & leek, and a pack of sea salt, sage & black pepper sausages, for £5 - and even though I'd crossed over into England, the stallkeeper told me the pigs were Welsh!!! I'm thinking of saucy sausages with lentils... Don't they look good?
Here are a few shots of the beautiful old buildings in the town. There's a magnificent brewery, which offers Brewery tours, so I think I may go for a tour some time in the future! (The Brewery is the big red building at the end of the road)
The Corn Exchange:
All bran with a satsuma - slightly disappointing, I didn't feel the satsuma went well with the cereal, but it was the only fruit I had in!
Wetherspoons Five Bean Chili - I didn't bother photographing it as you've seen it before - and a diet coke. No dessert!
Home-made split pea veggie soup with a ton of extra vegetables added, served with seeded wholemeal bread and laughing cow.
And a beer... I liked this one a lot!
Protein bar, babybel light cheese, and... in Devizes I went into Somerfield and bought a pastry that I used to be addicted to - an almond & cherry croquante. The Somerfield in Chepstow has stopped selling them since Co-op took over, so I bought one today as a one off. And it really was a one off - because I found it very disappointing. I ate half of it, and threw away the other half. I was actually kind of pleased, as its clearly packed with calories and unhealthy carbs!
Weight today proved the connection between smoked gammon and water retention... 10 st 3.5lbs... . It doesn't bother me this time, as I now understand what's going on!