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October 22 Lletty Cottage Poem October 22, 2016

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We always have lovely visitors to Lletty Cottage and we  enjoy meeting them and welcoming them to this beautiful part of Wales. Our latest visitor turned out to be a poet  and he has very kindly written a beautiful poem about Lletty Cottage. He  has allowed it to be shared in this post and elsewhere.  We love it and the poem will be displayed in a frame in the cottage for all to enjoy.


Two steps from the mainstream,
But a world away;
Is a place to be away from the world.
Built on shale and soul amongst the green and rolling hills
Under trees that you can hear grow and sing,
Amongst the tamed but wild garden,
Tended with all the capability of Brown himself;
Stitched seamlessly to Yew Tree
Symbiotic, but fiercely independent,
Sits Lletty.
Walls created of stone and imagination;
It is both coy and resolute.
A stoic structure gazing out inscrutably at its surroundings,
Modernity engineered out of antiquity.
Inside, is a place for peace.
Stairs ascend;
A mezzanine for dreams.
Calmness descends
from amongst the beams.
Painted wood and gnarled oak trace history
Across the rough drawn plaster walls.
Infinite corners and nooks
Jostle with the current,
To create a silence that is more golden
Than all the precious minerals in Dolaucothi.
Morning brings a feathered fluttering;
Frantic feeding amongst the shrubs and trees
That hold the building to its roots.
Colourful slashes across a green and pleasant land,
As finches jabber and chatter,
Crowding for the prized seeds;
The nearest to any rush hour you will get here.
This is a place for contemplation
For reflection and recuperation
A spot to find a different world
And discover…. yourself.

Ian Williams





October 18 Back from Holiday! October 20, 2016

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What a romp we have had! Fantastic visit to Scotland on the train   and boy we were fortunate with the weather as the sun shone daily.

After a very early start from our local railway station we arrived in Glasgow in time for tea. We did try to wave to Mr and Mrs Tootlepedal as we hurtled  by near  their town.




The next morning we loved visiting the Kelvingrove art gallery and museum  and we spent most of the day enjoying the excellent range of exhibits  including the Mucha exhibitionIMG_6229.jpg


We also  sampled some delicious lunch time snacks- Scottish smoked cheese on crusty seeded bread- very, very tasty!



The Riverside museum was equally excellent with a tall ship to explore and numerous vehicles to reminisce over.


I remember our family had a car like this in the 1950’s and we were all so proud of it!


We have had a similar one of these too in the past!

Trouble with museums you see things that are still in your loft!


Our journey took us on to Fort William, which is a delightful town set in the most stunning of locations with the mountains,  including Ben Nevis, surrounding the still waters of Loch Eil.



A special day out was a trip on the steam train to Mallaig.





Such scenery! The Glenfinnan Viaduct is stunning . No wonder it has been used so many times as a location for films. I’m sure I saw Harry Potter fly by!

More days were spent visiting lovely places and  seeing beautiful scenery. We will definitely return to Scotland and visit some other areas   as we just fell in love with all that we saw and there is so much left to explore!

Returning to England  we visited Carlisle  and its cathedral with its interesting history, wonderful windows and  Treasury full of artefacts.


In the cathedral grounds there were some lovely large trees  covered in red berries. I’ve brought some berries home! Maybe I can grow one of these trees from seed  …don’t know what they are…for myself!

Travelling further through England we stopped at Leamington Spa station for  a change over  and I just loved the waiting room!


A very happy day was spent with our family at Waddesdon Manor celebrating my special birthday  again in sunny sunshine! IMG_6494.jpg

Kate Malone’s ceramic exhibition was showing and her  ceramic squash looked better than the ones I’ve grown! IMG_6525.jpg

One of our best holidays yet and it makes getting a year older less worrying- in fact I’ve gone totally over the top and had my ears pierced to celebrate that I am now of an age when I don’t care and I can do ANYTHING I WANT!


October 1st Visit to Hereford October 6, 2016

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This is just an experimental post as I’m trying to sort out our new computer before it sorts me out! Parts of the computer are brilliant like the pictures on the screen they are amazing but understanding how it all works   is rather baffling!

Anyway we had to drive to Hereford today to collect a new radiator for an old car…don’t ask!


It is now October 6th and I have taken this long to find out how to put this picture of a bull into this post! As I’ve experienced  being close to a bull in  walks lately this bull in the centre of Hereford was magnificent  and safe to walk round!

We visited the Old House in the centre of Hereford which is an historic and distinctive black and white half-timbered house  built in 1621.

Hereford Cathedral, a superb Norman cathedral on a Saxon foundation, dating from 1079. was the  next awe inspiring place to see . We headed towards the area of the cathedral that houses the Mappa Mundi, a mediaeval map of the world dating from the 13th century. The information boards and explanations about the map were excellent and before long we entered the dimly lit room to see the map itself.

The photo is a copy of the map  and it was fascinating to find St Davids in Wales marked with other towns  and of course no  North or South America.

‘Mappa Mundi

Hereford Cathedral is home to the Hereford Mappa Mundi, one of the world’s unique medieval treasures. Measuring 1.59 x 1.34 metres (5’2” by 4’4”), the map is constructed on a single sheet of vellum (calf skin). Scholars believe it was made around the year 1300 and shows the history, geography and destiny of humanity as it was understood in Christian Europe in the late 13th and early 14th centuries.

The inhabited part of the world as it was known then, roughly equivalent to Europe, Asia and North Africa, is mapped within a Christian framework. Jerusalem is in the centre, and East is at the top. East, where the sun rises, was where medieval Christians looked for the second coming of Christ. The British Isles is at the bottom on the left. ‘copied from :  themappamundi.co.uk


The Chained Library is also found in the cathedral and it was wonderful just to be able to walk through and see all these chained books in rows and finding out how ancient many of them were. The spines are not facing outwards as they could tangle up the chains holding the books in place.

Chained Library

‘The Hereford Cathedral Chained Library is the largest surviving chained library in the world. In the early 17th century, chained libraries could be found in universities and cathedrals, but this is the only one still to be chained. It contains about 1,500 books, dating from around 800AD to the early 19th century, including 227 medieval manuscript books. The books are still read by scholars who come from all over the world to study them.’  copied from the mappamumdi.co.uk


We were interested in seeing where the proposed new stained glass window to celebrate the SAS will be placed.

‘To honour and celebrate this relationship, the SAS Regimental Association has commissioned artist John Maine RA to create an inspirational new sculpture and stained-glass window for Hereford Cathedral, which will be installed over the winter and unveiled in April 2017.

The installation will be called Ascension and will be a focus for reflection, pilgrimage and worship. It will act as a memorial and tribute to all who serve in and support the SAS – past, present and future – along with their families and friends. Ascension will also provide a spiritual place for reflection for all visitors to the cathedral, where people can reflect on their own lives and look forward with hope.

Ascension is one of the most important pieces of new cathedral art in the world. Its bold colours, striking stonework and thought-provoking message will be a breathtaking addition to the cathedral, marking the historic and modern link between Hereford and the SAS.’

Copied from:herefordcathedral.org

A great day out visiting a vibrant city and only one and a half hours drive away.

As I explained at the start of this post I am trying to learn how to use our new computer. This post has taken me days but I have found a way ( probably not the correct way) to put photos on the post  and I have found how to open other sites whilst on WordPress  e.g. Wikipedia but I can’t add a website address yet! That’s for next time! New computer is part of birthday present for special  birthday …so please be patient as I’m not as young as I used to be!!


September 23 Cwmdu Walk September 23, 2016

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Another Friday, another walk with Walking Well….another adventure!

An unexpected return to Cwmdu,  just a week later after the Bike Show, for the start of our walk  was a very pleasant surprise. We set off at a brisk pace through the village  and  took one of the tracks  to head uphill passing a delightful old garage…just  another  subject …maybe…for a painting!!


Just then the heavens opened and we all ran for shelter under  a large tree, next to a pretty stream and an even prettier cottage. It always amazes me how many surprises one can have on a walk in Wales!


The  hedgerows were glistening with the rain  and covered in every kind of lichen, liverwort and moss- heaven knows how many creepy crawlies too- but they stayed covered away from the rain.

We crossed a rather modern  bridge  over a tumbling stream which had recently replaced a characterful one.


Another bull! A fiercely, handsome chappy with magnificent horns. Thankfully, we didn’t have to cross  his field and we continued up the track.



More picturesque,  derelict properties to the left and right. Such a shame to think of happier days in the farmhouse and mill  when they would have been buzzing with life and activity- now all was quiet except for the robin singing in the trees.

The track led us further up the hill passed other lovely buildings and homes.


Crossing  a field with two horses grazing quietly in a corner  seemed to pose no problems at all until half the group reached the exit gate and the other half…   my half… were  still some way from escaping the field. The horses decided  to have a game of tag and a frolicking match with a bit of high jinks thrown in!!!

All’s well that ends well  and soon we were all one group again and patting the horses on their noses with the gate in between us!


Soon we had returned to a track and continued back into Cwmdu, just in time to catch the post, and  where we enjoyed a coffee in the pub  and put the world to rights with a bit of chat!




September 19 Cwmdu Charity Bike Show September 19, 2016

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Lots of splendid, shiny bikes sitting in the sunshine  in the pretty village of Cwmdu last Saturday as everyone gathered for  the annual Charity Bike Show. The Show  raises  a great deal of money for local charities and this year they were supporting the Stroke Rehabilitation Equipment on the Gwenllian Ward at our local   General Hospital  in Glangwili.dsc06053-1It was a lovely afternoon out for all  with   great music to listen to, delicious food to eat  and  all those multi coloured bikes  to admire. Part of the fun is also people watching!


dsc06090-1                                              There was even a bike for Batman and Robin!




Jim had a great afternoon chatting to  a pal from our village and admiring a bike named after him!!




A hugely enjoyable afternoon ending with the sound of the bikes roaring off  for a scoot around the lanes!




September 11 Walk Llandeilo Garden Home September 11, 2016


Time to set off again on another Walking Well  Walk…the 3 W’s …add a fourth  and fifth this time With Wellies! It was dry when we set off from Llandeilo station across the swing bridge but the clouds did open later to give us all a bit of a soaking. After the downpours we’ve had lately the ground was particularly soggy but the walk as usual was hugely enjoyable.

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Over the swing bridge, which  crosses the river Towy,   it actually swings quite a lot!


dsc05978-1I was delighted he didn’t want to accompany us on our walk! He did make me walk much faster though through the field!

Lots of interesting things to see  on our walk. Hope the Post Office never modernise the old post boxes especially these Victorian ones! We continued  through the fields up a couple of fairly steep hills and joined Tregib Woods where we descended through a wonderful ‘proper’ woodland until we had completed our circular  trek back to the swing bridge.


Of course every good walk should end with a coffee and cake! This was our first visit to The Yard in Llandeilo , where we received a very warm welcome  and enjoyed some very tasty veggie eats and yummy cakes and coffee. We’ll definitely be back!

To keep the weight off after eating all those tasty dishes a spot of gardening was called for  and after watching the farmer remove the hay off  our field I started cutting back the summer growth to make the garden less jungle like!

Our new back door and ‘old’ front door.


The crab apples are looking beautiful and ripening up nicely for the birds to eat!


Under our niger bird feeder there’s the usual soggy mess of wasted seed  but every year some of the seed germinates and  the loveliest of yellow flowers bloom on 7foot high plants!


Rufus was very cautious approaching the hay bales and wondered where they had suddenly appeared from!

All the visitors to Lletty Cottage this summer have been a pleasure to meet   and we  have enjoyed their company but this was a totally unexpected visitor  last weekend when we were preparing the cottage!  It flew in through the door and knocked over all the items on the table as it tried to escape through the window. Jim was very brave and captured  it in his hands before he let it fly away.  Easiest bird photo I’ve taken in ages!!




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!


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!


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


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!


Just a reminder to visit David’s exhibition.








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