Gosh- not only do the days go quickly but the years seem to gallop by too ! Christmas week came and went in a happy blur with daughter and grandson home for the special days and lots of merry Face times to the family and twins in Canada! How fortunate I am to live in a time when such family get togethers via the internet are possible- still find it difficult to comprehend how I can be sitting in our study and watching the twins opening their Christmas presents so far away and be part of the conversation with them…brilliant!
When the house was left quiet and feeling empty when our grandson left it was fortunate to know that a walk was planned for later in the week.
Our ‘leader’ had just returned the night before our walk from his Christmas excursion to Germany but he’d planned the walk in advance…how thoughtful! We met at the usual place and piled into his car ( not many turned up) and he drove to Caio, a pretty village not too far away. After parking in a forestry carpark we met up with fellow walkers and set off on a rather murky and mysterious forest path.
Large parts of the path verges were covered with a whitish lichen with tiny, tiny mushroom like growths growing in it. Apparently this lichen is quite luminous at night too!
There were some magnificent fungi growing on the mountain of logs
Trouble with stopping to take photos of creepy crawlies and moss is that I’m usually at the back! The larch forest was very atmospheric, still and peaceful …until I nearly tripped over!
Trees covered in velvet like moss where they had been blown by a storm lay on their sides rather spookily looking like giant monsters emerging from the undergrowth!
Regimented tree planting!
The figure of eight walk left us feeling happily exercised and rather thirsty so the next stop was the village pub, where we enjoyed a welcome drink and further chat in very pleasant surroundings.
The feel-good factor of being out in the fresh air meant that I decided to go on a mystery car drive with Jim, the very next day after my walk! We jumped in the car and we drove to Carmarthen before any decision had been made to where we were going! The day again had started very cloudy and damp so when I saw a patch of blue sky in the distance we followed it! This led us on to Haverfordwest and the decision made to visit St Davids.
However, to get there we had to drive through some beautiful villages and now with the sun shining brightly we stopped at Newgale to enjoy the stunning views and the fresh sea air! It was totally breathtakingly beautiful and good for the soul!
After a walk along the pebbles watching the surfers we returned to the car and drove on to the next village, Solva, which is so pretty that one just has to stop and have another walk!!
Note that passage to America in 1840 was £4 in a boat sailing from Solva- what an adventure!
The hills overlooking the quay where bright with the yellow gorse all in flower such beautiful sights all around.
After a walk along the quay to the Solva Sailing Club where we enjoyed a coffee and cake we returned to the car for a final go at reaching St Davids before dark!
However, we stopped again at the Visitor Centre where there was a fascinating exhibition ‘Reading the Rocks The Remarkable Maps of William Smith ‘. Huge maps of England and Wales displayed on the walls showing the first nationwide geological maps made by William ‘Strata’ Smith , who was an English geologist in the 1800’s.
Also on display was this Auroch’s horn, which only the day before I had read in the paper that scientists are close to bringing this extinct 7 ft cow back to life!
There was a fine display of books for sale in the shop and some excellent art books which I was very interested in! I’ll have to wait to save up some pension pennies and return!
I’m not sure why Jim always says it takes me so long to focus on one thing at a time!! At last we drove into St Davids and parked by the cathedral- such a magnificent building.
Along the side aisles in the cathedral there are many tombs. This is 14th century effigy reputed to be Lord Rhys ap Gruffudd died 1147. Many of the tombs have had the faces of the people chipped away and we think that was done in the Reformation – defaced?
After a coffee and a delicious cake in the cathedral refectory it was dark and time to head home and one and a half hours later we were toasting our toes in front of our fire and looking forward to welcoming in the New Year!
Hope the New Year brings you all good luck and good health and lots of good times. Thank you for reading.