Unbelievably, after an early blast of cold wind and misty skies the sun came out and we could start our Friday walk around Dryslwyn Castle with warmth on our backs and a spring in our steps! We all commented that we have managed to get through the winter months without cancelling one walk due to bad weather. Mind you, we are an intrepid lot and nothing seems to stop us having a jolly time even if it’s blowing and raining…a bit! We welcomed back our leaders, Philip from his holiday abroad.
The wild flowers were out in abundance and these pretty white flowers were blooming in the hedgerow. No one could identify them though.
The Lady’s Smock was flowering too but no sound of a cuckoo …yet!
Although we had been walking around Dryslwyn Castle not too long ago, this time we were walking in the opposite direction. This meant the long climb up to the castle at the top of the hill was completed first on the walk. This had the benefit of getting the ‘slog’ out of the way and not at the end of the walk when one is tired! Walk leaders please note !
The view from the top was well worth the breathlessness and we could see Paxton’s Tower in the distance and the Towy River meandering through the valley.
More oxbows to enjoy specially for Mr T!
We followed the trail down the other side of the castle hill and walked through the sunny lanes where on either side of the track the banks were covered in more beautiful wild flowers.
It was lovely to see all the tiny lambs playing in the celandine covered fields.
Again we were accompanied on the walk by this friendly collie, who followed us all the way round!
Cloud formations were extra special today.
Watching out for interesting gates and letter boxes keeps one amused on walks.
As well as spotting subjects that may be used as a painting : trees, shadows, walkers….
Our circular walk nearly completed with Dryslwyn castle in view. We headed back to the cars and zoomed off to the Half Way Inn where we enjoyed a coffee and a biscuit each from Philip, that he’d brought all the way back from New Zealand, just for us. How kind!
This post has taken all evening (3 hours!) to write as I couldn’t upload any photos! After a bit of looking around I discovered I had used up all the memory for my free plan on WordPress. I have now paid and upgraded so I have more memory ( wish I had more memory in my brain too!) I ‘discovered’ …as I’d forgotten… that I have been writing this blog since February 2009- so that’s amazing! No wonder I have used up 3GB of memory…thank you WordPress.
Now my photos are loading quite quickly I’ll add some more!
Every week I really enjoy attending Gelli Aur Painting Group which meets in St Michael’s Church Hall. Yesterday after our session of chatting, drinking coffee and eating biscuits…oh…and doing some painting the sun came out and I took some photos of the church, hall and village.
St Michael’s Church Hall
The ornate drinking well with the inscription: Drink and Be Thankful 1872
Behind the drinking well there is an entrance into Gelli Aur (Golden Grove) estate and it is heartening to see the old boundary wall being rebuilt in such a traditional way. What a huge enterprise though! Wonder if it’s to keep me out or the deer in !
The sun came out.
Views from the churchyard
New waterworks nearby.
Fruits of autumn and signs of Spring everywhere…it’s a lovely village to relax and enjoy and walk around especially if you need some inspiration for a painting!