It was my birthday and after breakfast we headed from Staunton-on-Wye into Hay-on-Wye. Hay-on-Wye is world renowned for books and bookshops. Its unique position on the border between England and Wales make Hay ideal for visitors to explore and enjoy the beautiful border country. Hay-on-Wye lies on the Welsh side of the Welsh/English Border in the County of POWYS, Wales. Although as far as the Royal Mail is concerned, it is better, apparently, to use the County of HEREFORDSHIRE, not to be confused with the county of HERTFORDSHIRE; a very popular mistake ! The Town Council's site shows the majority of the postal addresses are either 'via Hereford' or 'Herefordshire'.
It was wet.
Very, very wet.
This is the castle.
It was easier to take photos of the ground since pointing the camera horizontally just got the lens soaked.
The ground in one place was littered with red 'berries', except they aren't really berries.
The trees from which they have fallen are English Yew trees which go by the scientific name of Taxus baccata.
Baccata is Latin for bearing red berries. In fact the so-called berries are highly modified seed cones; each cone containing a single seed 4–7 mm long partly surrounded by a modified scale which develops into a soft, bright red berry-like structure, open at the end, called an aril. The gelatinous aril is sweet tasting and edible but the seed itself is extremely poisonous and bitter. Notwithstanding this they are opened and eaten by some bird species including Hawfinches Greenfinches and Great Tits.
Next time I venture into my October holiday pictures it will be for a wet Herefordshire and some of its wonderful architecture. See you there, I hope.