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David Cowdry Aberglasney Exhibition and Outings! August 29, 2016

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DSC05814Really enjoyed visiting Aberglasney to see David Cowdry’s new exhibition. It was wonderful as usual  and there were  many paintings that I just wanted to tuck under my arm and bring home!

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DSC05819-1DSC05811-1                                                           Jim’s favourite painting.

DSC05812-1I didn’t  have a chance to photograph my favourite painting  as David was busy chatting to friends in the doorway  to the room where the beautiful woodland scene and owl was on display. Never mind , I’m going back to see the exhibition again  before the end of the week as it’s too good to miss!

It was time again for another walk with Walk Well Carmarthenshire. The walk was around Carmel Woods where there was a whole meadow, purple with field scabious. It was a delightful walk in the august sunshine  with interesting folk, who explained some of the history of the site, including use of the lime kilns.

We’ve had the family staying for a holiday and our grandson likes to visit the seaside….so do I!

Llanstephan is the place to go. There’s a beautiful beach, with perfect sand castle building sand, a castle, a tea room and a fish and chip wagon….what’s not to like!

The castle also has amazing views over the estuary and the best roly poly hill in the world…so says the grandson!

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Next stop was a day walking around Garn Goch- an iron age hill fort- just 20 minutes drive from home.

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There are two forts at Garn Goch and the remains of the walls are still to be seen and they are breathtaking!

Even after all this hill walking , the grandson still had energy to run all the way round our field and back again!

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Just a reminder to visit David’s exhibition.

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August 21 Busy Times! August 21, 2016

DSC05503-1It’s Summer and that means getting out and about  and enjoying  all the events and visits before autumn creeps in!

A week ago I joined the Walking Well Group for Carmarthenshire http://www.walkingwellcarmarthenshire.org.uk/ to keep fit ( as well as  all my gardening)  whilst Jim’s knee gets stronger! We met at Llandeilo railway station and walked up to Dinefwr Castle , back through the water meadows  and returned to the station via The Vintage Café  for a coffee and cake! It was a thoroughly enjoyable walk with lovely companions so I’m looking forward to the next walk this Friday.

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Dinefwr Castle Llandeilo

DSC05449-1My legs started to ache on the last hill up through Llandeilo!

Later in the week, we spent a very enjoyable time on a visit to a friend’s house, where plants were for sale and  delicious nibbles and drinks on offer. She  will be opening her  plant nursery here next year so it was  lovely to visit her home and cross the  river  into her beautiful garden via a bridge ! There were no trolls under it!

 

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DSC05475Visiting another pal, Jayne Russell,  at her wonderful exhibition in Aberglasney Gardens http://aberglasney.org/exhibitions/  was another  delightful excursion out.

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With the damp weather the grass keeps growing and the plants need extra tending but another trip out was on our agenda….to Birmingham…don’t ask!

The high point was the amazing new station – it really was magnificent!

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DSC05540-1Unexpectedly, we discovered a Welsh chapel in the centre of Birmingham!

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This week it was Show Time! Llansadwrn Show is a jolly affair  when the community gathers together   to share their interests and to enter items for   judging in many different categories.

Photos, paintings and  plants were some of my entries  as  the other categories are too hard for me! There are some very talented cooks,  florists, vegetable growers, stick makers, jam makers , needle women and more in our village so  it is  great to wander around the marquee and enjoy  everyone’ s  entries.

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As expected in a country show there were a number of horses and sheep around!

As well as visiting places we’ve welcomed some lovely visitors to the cottage. It’s such a pleasure to meet new and ‘old’ visitors. The visitors last week have been coming to the cottage for eight  or is it nine years…who can tell when you are having fun!

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This week our family are staying  and our first port of call today was the Botanic Gardens of Wales. There was a Woodcraft exhibition on  in the dome and some truly amazing wood carvings  on display. The borders were a delight to see.

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The Great Glasshouse was as magnificent as ever but the highlight for our grandson was the visit to the Butterfly House. He loved it ….as  did we!

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Visit to Llanfair Art Exhibition August 11th-14th August 11, 2016

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Another outing for Gelli Aur Painters today to visit Llanfair Art Exhibition in the delightful village of Llanfair Clydogau. The exhibition is part of the Taith Celf Ceredigion Art Trail 30 July- 29  August . There are 63 artist/ venue/ groups  to visit  which should keep us all busy!

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Llanfair Clydogau is an historic parish within the former county of Cardiganshire (now Ceredigion), in west Wales. The word Llanfair means parish of Mary and the second word Clydogau refers to the three rivers Clywedog (the Upper, Middle and Lower). Hence, Llanfair, as it is popularly known, is the parish of Mary on the banks of the three Clywedog rivers which flow off the eastern uplands of the Cambrian Mountains and into the larger River Teifi.  copied from the village website: http://llanfairclydogau.com/

2016 august 134-1The church hall was the perfect setting for the wonderful exhibition  of  art works displayed inside.

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2016 august 100-1There were so many  paintings in different media and  ceramics, felts , etchings and collage by many  artists to enjoy in the  lovely hall.

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We were spoilt for choice with the  wide selection of cards to buy.

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We were all fascinated by the amazing felt work pictures and many wanted to have -a -go- watch this space!

After our obligatory  coffee and delicious cake we set off down the road to see the bridge that had been damaged in the winter storms but had now been mended . The closure of the bridge had meant many months of  difficulty for the village  which had been split in two  and had meant a long 8 mile detour  for anyone wanting to get to the other side of the river! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-35770742

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2016 august 132-1Following on from our walk we drove into Lampeter where we all enjoyed  a very tasty lunch at the Town Hall Café Deli. The Welsh Quilt Centre  http://www.welshquilts.com/ was our next stop  where we enjoyed a look at another exhibition  of felting! It’s all the rage!

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We ended our day out in the amazing Calico Kate  fabric shop.http://www.calicokate.co.uk/ It truly is an ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of fabric. There must be at least a dozen rooms filled with fabric and wool- it just makes one want to make something!

A great day out  again with lovely friends. Special thanks to Lyn, who lent me her camera, as I’d left mine on the kitchen table! She has also emailed me all the photos which would have taken her ages- many thanks Lyn!

Looking forward to our next art visit out in September! Please note that  no mention of sketching or painting is referred to in this blog as we didn’t do any! We just opened our eyes and enjoyed the moment!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 25 Open Garden at Gelli Mydog July 25, 2016

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It doesn’t seem long ago since I was writing about the first NGS  Open Garden Day  at Gelli Mydog , near Myddfai. This time the sun wasn’t  shining all afternoon but that didn’t stop the beauty of the  garden  sparkling  through  for the many visitors to enjoy all that the garden offers.

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DSC05314-1Keith and Moira  from Cilgwyn Lodge were also at the garden selling their wonderful plants.

DSC05353-1One of the special features in the garden are the lawns- even on a cloudy , damp day the  grass was perfectly mown with  stripes which sets the borders off perfectly. DSC05368-1

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DSC05341As previously the teas on offer were delicious and there were many hands to help out.

DSC05290-1Another lovely day out at an interesting, developing and beautiful garden. Looking forward to returning there next year to see  how the garden has blossomed!

 

 

July 21 Royal Welsh Show and Hedgehog! July 21, 2016

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Just enjoyed a great day at the Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells. We had an early morning start at Llangadog station (5 minutes drive from Lletty Cottage)  to catch the Heart of Wales line  train to Builth and then on by coach to the  showground.

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There were some magnificent horses on display showing their talents and being judged- what on I do not know- as they all looked wonderful.

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These  pairs of cows,  all different breeds, being judged , standing side by side for ages- so well behaved and all I wanted to do was go and ring their tails!

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There were stalls full of  farm animals   some displaying their winning rosettes –

 

DSC05205-1whilst others were feeling quite sad as they hadn’t won  anything at all- except my heart!

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DSC05212-1These three ‘little’ pigs didn’t care who huffed and puffed!

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The pet centre was a favourite attraction for many- especially me!

DSC05232The Flower Show was spectacular with beautiful flower arrangements of all shapes and sizes but this vegetable display was the best and as a ‘veggie’ I could have eaten the lot!

There were  vintage tractors on show and every machine that a farmer would need to milk a cow, shear a sheep, plough the fields,  …they were all there! A vast number of stalls  were in the showground selling their wares or  giving help and advice  on farming  and environmental matters.  We only covered a small part of the showground before our legs  began to give out and we caught the next train home.

As we are having trouble with squirrels in the garden we have a trap ready set to catch them. On return from the train we checked the trap and we had ‘caught’ a hedgehog!

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He was absolutely fine and I was delighted to know that he was back in our garden after missing for some weeks. I opened a pack of cat food  for his supper and left the trap open for him to walk out. After  a backwards glance  he ambled away   to eat his supper in peace!

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Flower Power!

 

 

July11 Visit to the National Botanic Garden of Wales July 11, 2016

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I know I keep writing it but it’s TRUE! This is the  most beautiful part of Wales to live in   with the rolling green countryside, the  beautiful  beacons, the splendid  seaside  and the special gardens and now we have a tropical butterfly house at the Botanic Gardens to visit too! Today a lovely friend invited me to join  with her and another lovely friend  on a visit to the National Botanic Garden of Wales to visit the  butterfly house  and  walk round the rest of the garden before lunching out!

The butterfly house is BRILLIANT!  One enters the glasshouse  by pushing  through protective sheets   hung over the entrance and  in an instance you are in a jungle world! Bright coloured flowers, bright green undergrowth,  bananas  ready for picking, palms, orchids and hot, steamy conditions  and then the bright flash of  blue as two huge blue Amazonian butterflies flutter over head  – more  colourful butterflies flutter by and land on feeding stations  and flowers – it is a magical experience!

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An amazing sight is a cabinet  full of butterfly chrysalis in various stages of development  and at 3pm each day newly emerged butterflies are released into their own tropical Welsh rainforest! How special is that?

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The walk round the rest of the Garden  was very special too! The walled garden was  alive with the sound of bees, the scent of all the flowers   and  the rainbow of  colours from the huge range of plants.

Another facet of the gardens  are the art exhibitions that are held there. The Shed Project is totally wonderful!

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Wild flowers  shining through the raindrops!

DSC05099-1On display in the dome was this colourful  collage sewn by a group of needleworkers from the Garden .

Real flowers  in the dome were also  showing their best faces  and  trying hard to win the prize  for the most spectacular colour and shape- this one was  the winner today!

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DSC05111-1A walk around the lake   watched by a very metal bull  and a  quacking puddle duck  ended our eye-opening  and  glorious  day  out. Thank you for taking  me!

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July 4 Out and About- Swansea Museums July 4, 2016

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It’s MOT time for the car again! A year seems to pass so quickly these days that it doesn’t seem long ago that we were last  driving into Swansea to get the car  checked over. This time we needed new brake pads  and the Honda  garage were very kind to let us have a courtesy car for the four hours  needed to complete all the work.

After leaving the car at the garage we drove  in a new small, fast, Honda car the 10 minutes into Swansea and  straight down to the Marina as we wanted to visit the museum again.

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I remember these docks  from years ago when they were industrial sites. Now the marina is a  restful place for many ‘retired’ boats and a lovely  place to live with the many apartment blocks surrounding the water. It’s also home to museums  and close by the national swimming pool . http://www.walesnationalpoolswansea.co.uk/

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The National Waterfront Museum is a delight to visit. Entry is free for a start and it is full of all things recording the history of industrial and sea faring Wales and social history too. https://museum.wales/swansea/

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Children love this museum as there are many hands on things to do:  buttons to press, handles to turn and drawers to open- I love it!

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Next door to the Maritime museum is a  display of the old trams that used to run between Swansea and Mumbles along the seafront.

The Swansea and Mumbles Railway was the world’s first passenger railway service,[1] located in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom.

Originally built under an Act of Parliament of 1804 to move limestone from the quarries of Mumbles to Swansea and to the markets beyond, it carried the world’s first fare-paying railway passengers on 25 March 1807. It later moved from horse power to steam locomotion, and finally converted to electric trams, before closing in January 1960, in favour of motor buses.[1]

At the time of the railway’s closure, it had been the world’s longest serving railway and it still holds the record for the highest number of forms of traction of any railway in the world – horse-drawn, sail power, steam power, electric power, petrol and diesel…..Wikipedia

If only they had kept the railway open it would be a real money spinner with tourists these days!

Next stop was  the Swansea museum just next door where there was an exhibition  that I wanted to see. http://www.swanseamuseum.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions

Mining Josef Herman and Women by Joe Bach:
An exhibition of Josef Herman
Curated by Erin Rickard

 

I was totally unprepared for the size of the Josef Herman painting that  was exhibited. It was surprisingly large and magnificent. The flash spoilt the photo.

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The next exhibition  we viewed :Swansea and the Great War –
The exhibition focuses on the stories of the men who went to fight in the Great War many of which were Swansea people.
The exhibition also reveals the struggles faced by women who were left behind and looks at their contribution to the war effort. It also explore the stories of conscientious objectors.

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It was a very interesting exhibition  recording  personal memories of people living in Swansea  during the Great War and all very sad to read.

Pleased to record the car passed its MOT so  on our drive home we called into a garden centre where there was a sale and bought two garden clocks….yes two! Jim hopes to make a turret clock for the workshop and two clock faces are needed. Before he makes the tower  one clock has been placed on the back wall to check it out!

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The birds were not impressed!

Actually the clock has turned out to be very useful and I hope it stays there!

 

 

 
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