One of the things I used to love about coming to visit Hay-on-Wye when I lived elsewhere was the fact that not only were there masses of book shops, which is my idea of heaven, but also there were other lovely and sometimes unusual shops as well, with a complete lack of the normal high street chain stores.
My friend Simon has owned his chandelier shop Goosey Ganders for twelve years now. I met him when we first came to live in Hay, and I liked him straight away. He’s an interesting person, a bit of a renaissance man – sometimes outspoken and outrageous, kind and gentle and incredibly creative and I love him to bits.
I think Simon knows everything there is to know about chandeliers – he certainly knows the history of them, how to build them, fix them, hang them, clean them and make them even more fantastic than they are already. The amount of care and work that he puts into creating and rebuilding is mind-boggling. I am always fascinated when I go in to his tiny, jewel box of a shop because it is jam-packed with lamps dating back over the last century and full of light and colour, which is not to be sneezed at in these dark days.
So without further ado, here are some of the photos I took the other day..
My photos don’t do the shop justice so drop in if you’re in town and maybe you can add some extra sparkle and light to your home. And don’t forget to say I sent you 😉