Sunday, 3 March 2013

honesty shops...


Roadside stalls are one of my most favourite things, tables laden with flowers, vegetables or homemade jams and chutney's. There are hardly any near me, but they're something I always notice when on holiday or maybe it's that I have time to notice more on holiday? I always make Pete stop the car so I can pick something up, my favourite were the samphire stalls we found on the coast road in Norfolk and these snowdrops in the village of Snowshill, sold by the National Trust. I dream of taking one huge road trip and photographing them around the country, do let me know if you see any good ones.

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  1. Not a roadside stall but Hay-on-Wye Castle have an honest box book shop along the inside wall of the castle grounds.

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    1. I love Hay-on-Wye castle - the ultimate in outdoor shops in the most amazing setting!

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  2. There's a place up by my in-laws where they sell fresh eggs by the roadside - the most delicious eggs ever (unless you have your own chicks!).

    I love how much an honesty box bamboozles kids ;)

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    1. Yes it does bamboozle them doesn't it! Yet another strange custom for them to grapple with ;0)

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  3. I share your love for honesty boxes. when i was a little girl, i bought a beautiful sea urchin skeleton left by fishermen and there is a lovely little house in Baslow in Derbyshire that leaves the most delicious homemade marmalade on the doorstep. Joy! Xx

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    1. a sea urchin skeleton? That must be the ultimate in honesty shop produce? What mighty fine treasure, thank you for sharing x

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  4. Hi Emma, these roadside stalls are common place on our very favourite holiday destination of Guernsey in the Channel Islands. First time, many years, that we holidayed there, I couldn't believe that people wouldn't take advantage but these stalls are very much part and parcel of island life. You can buy the most gorgeous flowers, vegetables and, of course, Guernsey tomatoes! Can't wait to go back for another visit!
    love
    Ellen
    x

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    1. I've never been to Guernsey, make sure you take pictures next time, Emma x

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  5. I love these honesty box stalls. There are lots for eggs and a few for veggies in the area I live in. The honesty arrangement I enjoyed most though, was a very trusting fisherman leaving a lobster outside the door of our holiday cottage in Wales on the understanding that we'd leave him some money behind the bar of the local pub.

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    1. Andrea, was it dead or alive? Emma x

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  6. We found a lovely honesty box scheme in the woods by Leith Hill in Surrey a couple of weeks ago. It was also run by the National Trust and was selling bundles of pea sticks and bean poles - you had to post your money through a letterbox in a shed! Always such a lovely idea...

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    1. Brilliant - I might steal that idea for work ;0) Thanks Sian x

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  7. Honest stalls are great. There is an ace one near the coast road at Kingsbridge in Devon. I would love to be the sort of campervan driver who takes nothing with her in order to only cook with produce from roadside stalls but I'm waaaay too much of a planner for that. I think we should start a little Instagram group with a #honestystall hash tag and upload them as we see them, that way we can take a countrywide pilgrimage one day!

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    1. Definitely - there's a book in that somewhere! Honesty stall of the UK, yes let's start using the hashtag x

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  8. We pass lots on the A361 travelling in Taunton direction, passing through Othery, West Lyng, Durston...

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