Amazingly the weather stayed bright but chilly for our Walking Well Walk in Brechfa Forest, Abergolech. Driving through the narrow back lanes, which were covered in fallen autumn leaves, was a lovely way to get to Brechfa. It’s always a tricky decision around here…take the main road or go cross country and fingers crossed that you don’t meet a tractor coming towards you. Luckily, fortune was on our side and we followed a car in front and when we did meet an oncoming car pulling a trailer – it had to reverse as there were two of us and no pull ins behind us!
A good crowd had turned up for the walk and we followed the leaders up into the forest at a swift pace…kicking up all the leaves on the way and enjoying the company of friends and their dogs.
Walking alongside the river we remarked how clear the water was as every river stone was visible. It looked so inviting…maybe a paddle if we come back in the summer!
The walk was delightful with the footpath threading through all the trees with their autumn leaves sailing to the ground, the river gurgling alongside and a Monet bridge just inviting one to cross and play Pooh sticks!
The path took a sharp turn up the hillside which was a bit strenuous but we all made it to the top …some breathing more heavily than others!
Some had even brought their dogs to assist with the pulling!
One could tell it was quite a damp area with the amount of moss growing on the trees and underfoot.
We crossed over the river again to begin our trek back to the cars and complete our circular walk.
The paths through the forest are mainly for mountain bikes and runners but we only saw one bike and no runners!
At the end of the trail there was a wonderfully carved tree trunk.
As usual after our walk we headed for refreshments! The Black Lion in Llansawel was our destination where we were welcomed by a lovely landlady and we all enjoyed a drink …some had small alcoholic ones but we had delicious large hot cappuccinos…yum!
The village is obviously very proud of all its rugby players and had a lovely display of photos of the players over the fireplace.
Not only does one have to cope with narrow lanes around here the villages also have traffic problems too!
One can always rely that there will be a tractor in the mix somewhere!
As I may have mentioned in my blog before we live near Aberglasney Gardens and I visit there every Sunday as a volunteer but I also visit other times in a week too…as I love it! After Art class this week my friend and I went there for lunch. Where else could you sit and get a view like that and a delicious meal too?
After lunch we strolled through the garden and enjoyed the autumn colours.
In the gardens there are many special aspects to enjoy: the Pool Garden
The Yew Tunnel
and now an oak tree that grows there has been found to be unique so it has been named Quercus ‘Aberglasney’!
Over the last weeks we have had very varied weather to say the least! This included lots of heavy rain and wind. Sadly the wind caused problems with some trees in our garden so we had to call on the professionals to help us out! Pro Climber from Llangadog are the ones to call if any work is needed on trees. They duly arrived and sorted our problems out straight away and left everywhere looking spick and span!
Of course this meant lots of wood chippings…hurrah …I can use mountainfuls (not sure that’s a word!) …I should be careful what I wish for!!! Steaming away in the morning mist!
We also have a lots of logs and Rufus was very interested in counting them all! We can now use the wood store again as I’d banned Jim from putting anything in there whilst the swallows had their nests in the eaves!
It’s not long until the Aberglasney Winter Fair November 30-December 2. Their holly trees are getting in the spirit already!
Christmas is coming! Our grandchildren have their stockings up already!!!!!!