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November 26 Christmas at Dinefwr and Pumsaint November 26, 2017

Another weekend  so  more expeditions to see Christmas Fayres! Every notice board  one sees there are adverts for fairs, fayres,  festivals, market  and galas  all with the obligatory free mulled wine and mince pie thrown in! Not sure why we have visited a couple this year maybe it’s something to do with the weather! Waking up to sunny, bright, dry, freezing cold days and going out to a venue decked out in Christmas jollifications with the offer of a hot toddy seems  to be  a good way to spend  a couple of hours.

First stop was Pumsaint, a village just 20 minutes drive away and home to a  lovely pub and wonderful  Coronation hall and just round the corner from Dolaucothi Gold mines.

A Christmas Craft Fair in aid of Breast Cancer Wales was being held in the hall which is a corrugated iron village hall dating from 1903 when it  was  built to commemorate the coronation  of Edward VII.

The railings and archway in front date from 1925 and were erected as a war memorial. They are  both  grade II listed.

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There were many lovely and interesting stalls to enjoy.  On the wall hung a splendid portrait of James Hills- Johnes who gained the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1857.DSC04416

Also commemorative photo and medal of a local resident.

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After enjoying a tasty coffee and mince pie we set off on a circular walk through the Dolaucothi estate. As we hadn’t any ponies with us to tie up  we had no need for this rail.

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We kept our eyes open for red squirrels  which we were informed where in the woods but sadly didn’t see any.

We passed some very interested  and nosy customers on our path!

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Arriving back at the carpark just in time before the sun set over the hills.

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Another day dawned bright and beautiful and  a visit to Llandovery in the morning  where they were holding an amnesty  for rubbish! The powers that be have closed our fantastic Recycling Centre in Llangadog!! The council have decided to have these ‘amnesty’ mornings so electrical goods,  etc can be recycled  using all the dustbin lorries. There was a long line of these lorries, in the cattle market,  lined up ready to devour all the gubbins that everyone brought!

The afternoon was still cold and dry when we drove to Dinefwr for their Christmas Fayre. We are very fortunate to have the park, castle and house very near to home.

 

Newton House looked  very special with all the stalls inside the rooms.

The piano had been moved to make way for the exhibits  and we found it hidden  under the ornate staircase.

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The famous White Cattle of Dinefwr were not allowed entry into the house but this one didn’t want to miss the fun!

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Outside in the gathering dusk the deer could be seen and heard! Clashing of antlers filled the air.

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It was definitely time to go home  and we’d saved the best till last…mulled wine and mince pie to see us safely on the road!

 

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Today a rather cold, damp and dreary one  brightened up by my weekly visit to Aberglasney, where the plants in the Ninfarium were stars of colour.

Outside the gunneras are all wrapped up against the cold and snuggled warmly under their covering of leaves. DSC04543

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I wish I could include smelly vision  as the perfume from this tiny flower filled the woods..aah!

 

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Next weekend another Winter Fair  this time  at Aberglasney! I’m  helping in the Grotto with Santa…poor thing! I’ll still slip away from my duties though to have a wander around the gardens .

 

 

7 Responses to “November 26 Christmas at Dinefwr and Pumsaint”

  1. tootlepedal Says:

    The mulled wine and mince pies might be enough to get me to a Christmas Fair, Fayre or festival but I doubt it. 🙂

  2. Great post, Lletty! I like the sound of mulled wine and mince pie. And that leaf is beautiful!

    • Marianne Says:

      Thanks for reading. I miss having my grand children living close by as I’d love to share the excitement and colour of a Christmas Fair with them. I’ll just have to keep supping the wine and pies with my old man!

  3. It must be nice to live in an area where there are so many events taking place to put you in the holiday spirit, without all of the crass commercialism that goes with such things here in the US. Your post reminds me of the holiday season from when I was much younger, before every one started holding such events to get one to part with one’s money.

    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading. You are correct…living in this part of Wales is rather special. As the local communities are in rural locations everyone tries hard to make their own entertainment and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy all the festivities. It’s wonderful walking around all these Fairs and seeing all the crafts on display from blacksmiths work to crocheted angels and everything in between! There is a saying ‘ To be born Welsh is to be born privileged, not with a silver spoon in your mouth, but music in your blood, and poetry in your soul’. This is definitely true…especially at this time of year!


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