Today was a wonderful day for a winter walk. The sky was bright, the wind had dropped and although very chilly it was refreshingly bracing! Philip had magicked up this perfect weather for our Christmas walk around Cmwdu and a large group of walkers met outside the Cwmdu pub to begin our walk along country lanes and over fields and streams. Maybe it was the promise of our Christmas lunch in the pub, which was on offer after our walk, which set the walkers off at a brisk pace….or maybe it was just to get warm!
The road followed the stream which didn’t look to be too full even after all the rain we have had!
The derelict building we passed looked just right for renovation…we all agreed they would make excellent holiday cottages!
Strange fungi was spotted amongst the mossy banks and pennywort was seen growing up trees which was very unusual!
We crossed over tracks that used to be drover’s roads that wended through the countryside many years ago. The drover’s used to drive their sheep, geese or other animals to market along these ancient tracks taking their ‘produce’ even as far as London.
It wouldn’t be a normal walk if we didn’t walk through a field without some cows looking interested in us or if we didn’t have a splash through some water…it all makes for a great time!
We headed back to the village avoiding when possible all the icy patches on the road. Back in the pub we settled down to enjoy our tasty cawl ( lamb broth) made by Philip. Veggie version cawl for me was totally delicious! Another kind walker had made all the home made loaves of bread and rolls accompanied by butter and cheese…heaven!
Following the cawl came the puddings made by some walkers…the choice was too difficult to make so I had some of each!! This was followed by mince pies and coffee…I’ll have to go on a lot of walks now to get those calories sorted! Thank you Philip and everyone for a brilliant day.
Earlier in the week we had a day out to Haverfordwest…my childhood town! A new library ‘Glan Yr Avon’ has just opened there so it was worth a visit. The entrance was very promising.
Looking back over the River Cleddau to the opposite side from the library. The little pedestrian bridges weren’t there when I was a child so it was a long walk round!
A lovely view of a very old bridge from inside the library which had all the books and computers needed these days to make up a modern day library.
The frieze around the children’s book area was painted by Jackie Morris…I wish I could have it around my room!
Surprisingly there was also a very interesting exhibition by Kyffin Williams showing a range of his paintings of Wales and Patagonia.
There were single paintings by Claudia Williams and Gwilym Pritchard too.
It was a delightful exhibition showing Welsh artists especially those with a link to Pembrokeshire. Also on display a diary and sketches of those who had lived on Skokholm and Skomer islands recording the wildlife there!
After enjoying a tasty lunch in the library cafe…yes they have a cafe too…we went for a walkabout! This was the bridge for cars when I lived there now it’s pedestrianised! It was built in 1726 so maybe it deserves a rest from all the cars and lorries that used to cross it!
Further down the river is this bridge that is used by all the traffic …hope someone knows about that tree!
Lots to see and do in lovely Haverfordwest, especially the castle!
Back home in the evening in Llansadwrn it was the turning on of the Christmas lights and the arrival of Father Christmas. There was a very happy buzz amongst those attending…maybe it was the mulled wine…but the carols were sung very heartily and right on time FC arrived not on a sleigh but in a prettily lit motor van! How exciting for all the children…well actually for everyone!
Back in the garden I was wondering which tree to brighten up by decorating it…I have a good choice as I always plant a new tree every year! I’m supposed to dig the previous Christmas tree up and bring it in the house but it always seems to rain so I go and get another one!
Anyway they’ve all grown too big so I’ve bought another new one…tiny! I’ve also decided not to decorate an outside tree as the plants in the borders are decorating the garden beautifully themselves!
Best of all though is my little tree which gives pleasure throughout the year especially at Christmas when it is covered in red berries!
Happy Christmas to you all.