A few weeks have passed since I went on a Walking Well Walk and today’s walk sounded really interesting . It was planned by a member of the Group around Salem area where she lives. Salem is a lovely village just outside Llandeilo and these ponies were in their paddock ready to great us all as we arrived.
Setting off through the fields at a steady pace we all admired the beautiful views on every side.
The grass was lush and long and shows that the rain has returned after our summer weeks of drought.
The first of our animal encounters started in the next field. Luckily the farmer arrived on her quad bike to distract the advancing herd!
Continuing on over stiles that had recently been mended by the kind husband of our leader we walked through the next fields keeping our eyes open for other farm animals.
We were not disappointed! In the field there was a herd of cattle with cows, calves and facing us a rather large and handsome bull. …to the right of the photo. We strode steadily on trying to look calm but some of us felt a bit scared! It was all fine though and all the animals just stared and stayed put!
Crossing the next field we had a lovely view of Taliaris Mansion .
Wiki: Plas Taliaris is a Grade I-listed building two miles to the north-east of Salem in Carmarthenshire, west Wales. It was first mentioned in 1336 and has been owned by the Gwynne family until the house was sold in 1787. Most of the estate was sold in the 1950s and the house was restored in around 1989
One could just imagine Jane Austen visiting!
Sheep and horses filled the next fields and we passed a delightful barn too.
Nearly completing our circular walk we had some rather wet and muddy paths to navigate …well Philip was with us and he seems to enjoy wet patches!
Although autumn tinged leaves were blanketing the ground -in the hedgerows it looked quite springlike with fresh fern fronds, strawberry flowers and campion but they were surrounded by autumn fruits of sloes, hips and haws and huge quantities of sweet blackberries.
With wet feet we arrived at the last field where we were greeted by a flock of sheep and a very friendly goat.
Back at the farmhouse, after the lovely walk, we were treated to an amazing array of delicious cakes, coffee and tea, which we all enjoyed to the full.
A rhea egg from the rhea kept on the farm compared to an ostrich egg…no ostriches on this farm though!
A great walk in brilliant company…thank you.
Just ring my bell!