Can you remember The Great Storm of 1987 -30 years ago today…it happened on my birthday! Well ..guess what… it’s stormy and windy again so it must be my birthday!
The day started off with some excellent Happy Birthday singing on the telephone from daughter, grandson, best friend and her husband! FaceTime chat with son and family in Canada just makes one grateful how technology has developed to keep families so in touch when far apart.
After a quick breakfast we headed off to Laugharne, (45 minutes drive away from Lletty Cottage) where poet & writer Dylan Thomas first moved to in 1938. I had seen a good walking programme on TV with our weather forecaster Derek Brockway…Weatherman Walking. One of his walks was called Dylan Thomas Birthday Walk.
Why is it called a “Birthday Walk”?
“Poem in October is written about Dylan’s thirtieth birthday, spent walking the shoulder of Sir John’s Hill, ending with how he hoped to return again in a year’s time. On the last panel, I invite all to do the same as Dylan, and return to that high hill on their own birthday, and read out loud Dylan’s prophetic last verse thereby creating I hope a modern day pilgrimage for all to enjoy.”
So I knew where I wanted to spend my birthday this year on a special walk. I hadn’t planned for the weather to be stormy though and for Jim to be full of a cold but onwards and upwards as they say!
We parked the car right next to the castle and set off down the track into the wind!
We knew we were on the right road when we saw the sign!
There were lovely views back across the estuary towards the castle and Dylan Thomas’s boathouse.
There were wonderful views too across the estuary..I particularly like mud flats!
One last view of the castle before we started climbing up through the woodland.
The first information board about Dylan and his Poem In October placed next to a bench, with quote from poem and with views across the bay.
The path was littered with autumn leaves and with the wind gusting quite furiously every sense was on alert.
The views from the top of the hill took ones breath away…literally!
The fork in the lane directed us to The Last Verse, which has to read out loud on a birthday! So I did!
The walk continued down hill facing the strengthening winds and became a longer harder walk than anticipated!
We had some interested spectators, who wondered if we were lost…so did we!
Eventually we found the Wales Coastal path sign and headed over more stiles,up through woodland with creaking, groaning trees and falling twigs and leaves and climbed higher and higher and reached….another stile!
Good place for some wind turbines. Just a few more fields to cross before we reached the road safely after avoiding a friendly, inquisitive herd of cows!
Back in the town a birthday photo for me and for Dylan Thomas, whose birthday was 27 October 1914 …a good few years before mine…honest!
A stroll through the town brought us to Browns, the bar frequented by Dylan. Jim enjoyed a very tasty Browns Beer and after a look at the menu, which included many fine choices, best of which was the topping on the pizza! I enjoyed a delicious toastie and then headed back through the town trying to stay upright against the storm, which was worsening by the second.
Arriving back home safely to be greeted by an Interflora delivery from daughter, grandson, son in law and 3 boys of a stunning autumn flower arrangement …a fantastic ending to a perfect birthday walk.