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June 17 Gardens, Walk and Youngsters June 17, 2018

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Hope my brother, who lives  on the other side of the world, has a hole in one today to celebrate his birthday! He plays lots of golf! Whilst I walk, talk and garden to keep the joints working!

Our Walking Well Walk went well! Roz, the leader this week,  standing in for Philip, who’s on holiday, planned a lovely ramble around Cwmdu…this is actually Philip’s patch but he gave her permission!

First stop of the day was to let the horse through.


We passed a lovely cottage and admired the range of foxgloves in their pretty garden.



There were many other foxgloves to  be seen in the surrounding fields and also some derelict farm buildings just waiting to be restored.



We walked up some hills that were quite tiring but it was well worth it for the beautiful views over the countryside


Good to see some lovely wild flowers in the hedgerows  and pleased that the farmer managed to get his hay/silage cut before the wet weather came.

We were watched carefully  on our way  by a number of four legged friends.



Some made their presence more noticeable than others!


We ended our walk in the Cwmdu Pub. On Sunday afternoons during the summer one can have  Afternoon Tea there so we sampled the idea! The cakes were delicious! Thanks Roz for the lovely walk.




The MOT on our car was due so we headed to Swansea to get it done. Every time we visit the Enterprise Park in Swansea we get lost…not sure how anyone knows where they are going! We find the lake and the ducks and then we know we are on the right road!

Whilst the car is being dealt with we walk  to Wyevale Garden Centre have a coffee and then walk around the lake spotting as many birds as possible.

Good news the car lives for another year!


Last week I was asked to help at a National Garden Scheme Open Day at Gelli Mydog. The sun shone  and everyone came and enjoyed the  lovely gardens and the cream teas!  One of the owners of the garden is a greenskeeper so the lawns were immaculate…hope he never visits our garden!


Calling into our local town, Llandovery, is always a treat, even in the rain.

It is sad to see most of the banks are now closed and their wonderful old buildings are now  up for sale.


On the drive into town we called in to see the alpaca that are in our local nursery, Ystrad.  Such characters and so nosy  and very cuddly!



I love our garden in June…it’s bursting with colour  and weeds!


Love the  shapes of all the different leaves in the bog garden and the orchid in the mini meadow.

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Our bird feeders are busy even though it’s the summer! There are a number of unusual visitors eating the nuts!


Being that time of year when mothers are showing their young how to use our garden and to make use of all that we supply. We have had a number of incidents !!

The silly baby squirrel was led by mum to the nuts and she explained all about the guard  and how it was meant to keep them out. Like many youngsters he knew best and then got stuck in the feeder and cried!! Mum tried to get him out after giving him one hell of a row but in the end Jim had to sort the problem out!


The mummy woodpecker has also had a wayward offspring, who couldn’t hold onto the feeder so she had to ‘spoon’ feed it!!

Just love this expression…’You stupid boy!”

DSC08768Some birds actually visit the feeder and enjoy the seed  and all get on exceptionally well!

Just a note of interest to anyone who gets a splinter. I had to visit the hospital this week as a garden splinter had lodged in my arm some weeks ago   and was going nasty! I had tried all the numerous remedies and even been on antibiotics. The  hospital consultant suggested an operation with general anaesthetic  to be arranged! On returning home I searched the internet again for suggestions  and found one saying that petrol jelly/vaseline would work…it did!!  I put the vaseline on and bandaged it up overnight and in the morning  half an inch of wood was sticking out!! Hooray, no operation  and I live to garden another day! Hope this remedy works for you too if you get a splinter…let me know!


10 Responses to “June 17 Gardens, Walk and Youngsters”

  1. Wow, that was one nasty splinter if they were recommending surgery, I’m glad that the Vaseline trick work as an alternative!

    The story of the baby squirrel stuck in the feeder was funny, and I enjoyed seeing the various birds and their families at the feeders.

    The walk for this week looked very pleasant, and the pub was very inviting, a great choice as a place for refreshments after the walk.

    In fact, I really enjoyed this entire post, but the stars were the flowers from your own garden and yard, I wish that I had the space for a garden again, as it must be wonderful to step outside into such a beautiful place.

    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading and pleased you liked the photos of the garden. It is my joy! I am so fortunate to have such a lovely place to live and enjoy. I spend every minute I have spare in the garden pottering here and there and encouraging the wildlife. It’s my kingdom! No one can interfere with it, except the kind gentleman who helps me cut the hedges, but everyone is welcome to come, visit and enjoy the garden with me and watch the antics of all the birds, squirrels and mice!

  2. Hello Marianne… Love all the photos and where you’ve been – the pics from the garden are great too, and I’ll store away the tip about splinters! An occupational hazard for all gardeners, and an infinitely better solution than a GA!
    Best wishes

    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading and commenting Julian. My blog is a very helpful aide- memoire ! I can scroll back through the months and years and see when I planted plants and also when we need to go for our MOT!! I was getting quite worried about the splinter in my arm as the infection was spreading and hurting! I’ve even worn gloves for a couple of days and a long sleeved jumper whilst gardening…not sure how long that will last as I hate gloves! Hope the sun returns soon…we’ve had enough rain now and it’s chilly too.

  3. tootlepedal Says:

    I must say that your garden looks gorgeous and i am impressed by your squirrels and woodpeckers. I am envious as we have nothing so interesting. Good tip about splinters.

    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading and for your kind comments about the garden. It’s the sunshine that does it…it makes everything look great! It still surprises me how everything just seems to flower…not necessarily how I planned it ….but in its own way and looks better for me not interfering too much! I think the semi wildness of the garden helps with the wildlife too…especially pleased that hedgehogs are still roaming through it most nights.

  4. Wonderful post and pictures, as always. And thanks for the very useful tip about splinters. I must remember that one.

    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading and commenting. I hope the splinter technique works for everyone…it was a real surprise and delight that it worked!

  5. Eluned Says:

    Mwynhâd pur! Pure enjoyment.xx

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