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November 21 Walks and Out and Abouts November 21, 2016

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Another beautiful day for a walk. We have been so fortunate to have dry, bright but cold  days for gadding about on our local walks. The recent walk was near home and just a couple of miles drive away in Llangadog. We parked up on the bridge, next to  the common overlooking the Sawdde river.

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DSC06823.jpgWe started our walk crossing the common and followed one of the many tracks  to get to the river Towy, passing some lovely properties on the way.

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When we reached the Towy , after ploughing our way through some very muddy, sticky goo, we could see the railway bridge not far away which also has a pedestrian footpath. This walk though we took the other direction  after enjoying the views of the river and apparently the old ford crossing.

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We said, `Hello’  to some fine and interested horses who I’m sure would have accompanied us on our walk if there wasn’t a fence in the way!

DSC06864.jpg                                                Another ‘friend’ we had to leave behind!

DSC06860.jpgThese hips are just right for Christmas decorations or as a subject for a painted Christmas card- I left them untouched, although  I would have loved a few branches!

DSC06870 (2).jpgWe continued down a new track passing  some beautiful old buildings   until we came to another farm with more ‘friends’. One playing hide and seek!

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Many of the trees have lost their leaves by now as some days we have had quite strong winds and frosty nights but some oak trees have held onto their foliage and look beautiful in the autumn light.

DSC06880.jpgOur circular walk was nearly over except for a walk through a field with a herd of cows. Every walk has to have a bit of excitement and the cows nearly provided that! They were very interested in us   and started trotting but we all managed to cross the field safely before their interest was satisfied!

DSC06888.jpgThe lovely walk ended at our house with coffee and biscuits and a general chat  about putting the world to right!

 

Jim and I  enjoyed our annual visit to Picton Castle for their  fantastic Victorian Christmas weekend. There is a food marquee and many stalls in the castle itself  and outside to wander around and enjoy and spend those pennies! The castle is brilliantly decorated with every room having a superb Christmas tree in it and with the  accompanying sound of the violins playing in the background – it really is the start of the festivities.

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Nothing induces Jim to come  shopping with me but a No VAT Sunday at Machine Mart in Swansea is a sure way to galvanise some  shopping action! After we had purchased  some VIP tools we could set off for my treat! My mum and dad lived in the Mumbles so I love visiting and remembering happy times spent there. Its an idyllic seaside village which is now a thriving busy place for shoppers, visitors  and all who enjoy the sea views, the lighthouse, the RNLI station, the walks and  the food!

This  view of Mumbles is  from the  coastal walk  which was the  route  of the Mumbles Railway which closed in the last century.

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DSC06762.jpgDSC06770.jpgA visit to the life boat station is a must   when visiting Mumbles. The walk along the pier to reach the station has become rather tricky with just a small path allowed with barriers either side  to keep you walking  along the middle of the pier where the planks look firmer!  Don’t look down or to the side!! The walk is well worth it though when you see the magnificent lifeboat on call at all times to save  everyone in trouble at sea.

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The views from  the pier over the lighthouse  are just beautiful.

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To end our Mumbles day out we enjoyed  a meal at Verdi’s Ice Cream Parlour and Restaurant- Italian cooking and hospitality at its best!

I’m missing the next walk as it’s the same day as the Aberglasney Winter Fair ( December 2, 3 and 4)  and I’m helping on the mulled wine! I love it!

 

 

 

4 Responses to “November 21 Walks and Out and Abouts”

  1. tootlepedal Says:

    Well done for outpacing the trotting cows.

    • lletty Says:

      Thanks for reading. Yes, we are getting very slick at out pacing cows, horses and bulls on our recent walks! I have discovered I much prefer walking with a small group rather than on my own as I feel safer with all these animals around! I’m OK on the country lanes but then I have to be careful of the fast white van drivers! Your walks look safer!

  2. I think that you were wise not to let the cows catch you. Most of the time they’re just curious about who you are and if you’re bringing them food, but one can never tell with cows, they can be ornery.

    It was a great day for a walk, you see so many wonderful things on the way. But, the photos that I liked best were the rooms with the Christmas decorations, nicely done without going overboard as many people do. The photos put me in the mood for Christmas.

    • lletty Says:

      Thanks for reading. I like cows when they are the other side of a fence! We have had young calves over wintering in a nearby field and they were just so inquisitive they jostled for position to get close to you! Trouble is they would have squashed you underfoot and not known!
      Visiting Picton Castle is always a delight. In the spring and summer the gardens are amazing and in the winter there’s the Winter Fair to enjoy. The castle was built around 1300 and walking through it when it is all decorated for Christmas is very special. We are all young at heart and love all the aromas, sights and sounds of Christmas and Picton was full of these!


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