The Sampler Tea Room in St Davids Pembrokeshire b/w Monty Sunshine

The annual pilgrimages to the major shrines of Antique Dealing have begun. Every year when the Wales Antique Guide is published it is my duty (nay, privilege) to distribute boxes of leaflets to the advertising dealers, the hotels, the Tourist Information Centres and to anyone else who would like some.

Yesterday me and Norman ‘did’ Pembrokeshire accompanied by blue skies Monty Sunshine.

Of course timing is everything. Antique dealers being what they are, too early and they won’t be open and too late it’ll be lunch time. In the City of St David’s it was ‘elevenses’ at The Sampler Tea Room and Museum.

For the price of a tea or a milky coffee one gets to admire their collection of needlework and then en route to the ‘gents’ a blast of Winston on the wireless as you negotiate the World War Two bunker beneath the tea rooms. Excellent. Recommended.

Paul Williams

This is the blog of Paul Williams, Ceredigion resident since 1970. I am an English and Philosphy graduate of what was once known as St David's University College, at Lampeter. I played bass in Dyfed's first punk band, and living in Llandewi Brefi, had a grandstand view of Operation Julie. Eventually, after 2 years playing bass in Brighton's 256th punk band, I returned to Wales to deal in books and then antiques. I've trained and worked as a counsellor, I am a photographer, blog and web designer and I publish the annual Wales Antiques Guide. I am married and a father of one. Apart from my family, my interests include books, maps, Nikon, Yashica and Mamiya film cameras, British Culture 1935 - 1965, Poole pottery, Welsh textiles, and Poster art. My favourite movies include anything by Pressburger and Powell favourite music includes Gene Clark, Gram Parsons, and anything form San Francisco 1965-1970. I am a late convert to 'Kraut Rock'.

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