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.
We 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.
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.
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!
Another ‘friend’ we had to leave behind!
These 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!
We continued down a new track passing some beautiful old buildings until we came to another farm with more ‘friends’. One playing hide and seek!
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.
Our 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!
The 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.
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.
A 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.
The views from the pier over the lighthouse are just beautiful.
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!