It’s three weeks since our return from holiday and we have had more lovely visitors staying in Lletty Cottage.
We’ve also had a number of visitors to the house: loss adjustors, builders, decorators, cleaner uppers! We had a leak in the bathroom plumbing whilst we were away and this resulted, amongst other things, that the dining room ceiling landed on the dining room floor…and all that entails! However, we are insured with the NFU and they have been wonderful and sorted everything out promptly for us. The builders and decorators have been amazing too and the rooms are now getting better than they were previously!!
This hasn’t stopped any of my other getting out and about days!
A cream tea with live entertainment ( two guitarists playing songs that I knew words to!) was organised by the Llangadog WI during the week and was enjoyed by many, on one of the only sunny days!
Llangadog also had a garden competition running. Mick Sheridan, the upholsterer, had a very unusual and brilliant garden design.
A visit to one of my favourite castles was the next away day! Carreg Cennen Castle is magnificent (30 minutes drive from the cottage) even on another rainy, cold day! My friend’s daughter is getting married there later in the year so it was a good chance for her to have a recce and me to be nosy!
The setting is spectacular with the castle set on high and surrounded by stunning countryside. Starting off we had a coffee first and a look at the rare breeds Longhorned cattle in the field below .
We even spotted those who were playing hide and seek!
The wedding ceremony takes place in a converted barn with the view of the castle framed in the window above the table where the bride and groom sit. It’s just perfect!
Outside a path leads up passed the farmhouse to the castle where wedding photos may be taken. It must be wonderful to get married in such an amazing place.
The Walking Well Walk last week was led by Philip, who had planned a figure of eight walk around the countryside of Cwmifor, just 20 minutes drive away.
The walk was very pleasant walking through fields with sheep and not so pleasant when there were large cows and calves in the fields. No one gets worried about this….only me!
The most remarkable aspect of the walk was noting the many new gates that had replaced old and worn stiles. Hope this refurbishment of stiles gets done all through the county! Fingers crossed!!
A selection of fine new gates:
The walk also took us through a farmyard, where we were greeted by a very friendly dog.
Many of the he fields were covered in thistles, the only plant , it seems, that the sheep don’t like! They’ll be nibbling away soon at all the hazelnuts that are growing in the hedgerows!
One tree they won’t be sampling is this one ‘growing’ in a garden in the village, complete with woodpecker.
Back home, the lawn has now turned into a meadow and cutting a path through it is a way of preserving the many wild flowers that are growing. ( It’s actually a way out for me of cutting the grass- it all catches up with me later when I have to cut it all down in the autumn…but it does look lovely now!)
The bog garden too is now rather overgrown. It just loves this wet and warm weather!
The rust on the hollyhock leaves always happens, it’s just not the rain!
Tip of the week from Philip:
Always hold on tightly to the electric fence hook when you unhook it to let walkers through as it’s elastic and the result could be nasty!
Our walks are really ‘exciting’ ….you always learn something!