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October 5th Llanstephan Walk, Tenby Visit , David Cowdry Exhibition October 5, 2019

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Twenty one intrepid walkers arrived in Llanstephan carpark, defying the oncoming Lorenzo storm, to start a special autumn Walking Well Walk. Philip had emailed the night before to say the walk might take place …or not…depending on the forecast…which had threatened strong winds and rain. No message in the morning so headed off to the beach, which is about an hour’s drive from home.

Although overcast it was dry as we headed off up the track towards the castle. Bypassing the castle entrance we followed the track which was covered in fallen autumn leaves, over the fields, passing pretty cottages, quiet farms and flocks of black faced sheep.

We followed a lovely path where a large stone wall ran along one side and in the middle of the wall was an unassuming gate. Philip kindly pushed the stiff gate open and revealed steps leading down into a tiny stone alcove . Carefully climbing down the slippery steps we turned and saw St Anthony’s Well in the corner. It was very quiet and calm in this secluded hollow and very still.

On the wall there was a plaque :

St Anthony’s Well: St Anthony of Egypt ( circa 251-356 AD) the first Christian hermit, had a powerful influence on the Celtic Church in South Wales. According to local tradition, a Welsh hermit Antwn (Anthony), who had taken the name of his great Egyptian predecessor, settled near this spot, probably in the sixth century AD. It is likely that he used water from the well to baptise coverts to Christianity.

Rejoining the path a peep over the stone wall revealed a lovely private garden with a stream racing through the green glade.

The bottom of the path brought us to the sea edge where the tide was still racing forwards.

It wasn’t time for a walk along the sands yet as the track led onwards and upwards around the top of the headland.

We skirted round fields where there were more sheep and we passed a most handsome bull who was safely behind an electric fence! Thank goodness!

We reached the top of the headland and had a wonderful view across two estuaries…the Taf and the Towy.

Following the coastal path we headed back down onto the beach where we were going to walk around the headland on the sand. However, the tide had not retreated enough and the sand was very soft so some of us decided to take the high road over some rocks and others the low road across the quicksand! Happily we all met up later without any incidence to anyone.

Some taking the low road!
Some returning from the low road and joining the rock road!

Our planned picnic brought us together back at the carpark. We all had enjoyed our special outing and ate our picnics under the shelter by the sea. Some picnics were very well planned with a stove and kettle brought. Thank you Philip for all the planning and Juliet for the idea.

Earlier in the week we had a day out in Tenby. A day of delight in sunshine and enjoyment and as the majority of summer visitors had left it was quite empty and perfect!

We visited the Tenby museum and saw a number of paintings by Welsh artists.

How Tenby used to be. Many of the walls are still standing.
View from museum window

Leaving the museum we followed the path around to the Lifeboat station and listened to the waves crashing on the rocks below.

After lunch we walked through the town and down into the harbour.

As the tide had gone out we went across the near deserted beach and enjoyed the sunshine on our backs and looked towards the iconic view of Tenby harbour.

On the way home we called into Wiseman’s Bridge, a favourite beach, and had a coffee and cake!

Even earlier in the week the weather was totally different! Rain, rain and even more rain had caused the local roads to flood and animals in the fields left searching for higher ground.

These cows had found a drier spot!

Before the rain we enjoyed some beautiful autumn mornings in our garden with mists in the valley and bright sunrise skies.

My friend invited me to join her at the Botanic Garden of Wales where she is a conservation volunteer. It was a very instructive, interesting and lovely visit seeing all the work they do recording what happens to certain trees through the seasons, the pollinators on different plants in the borders and noting the lichen growth on specific trees. Thank you Marie!

Nothing to do with conservation but very interesting too! A film crew were in the Great Glasshouse preparing to film!

There were some very large fungi..that’s my boot!

Back in the garden things are still growing…it’s all the rain and a bit of sunshine! These two are in the greenhouse!

Last evening it was the opening night of David Cowdry’s exhibition at Aberglasney. It was brilliant. His paintings are wonderful and everyone said it was his best exhibition ever…we say that every time! I had his permission to post these photos. Visit if you can it’s well worth it.

I like bulls behind electric fences and in paintings!
Spot the nuthatch
Spot the kingfisher

Hope you’ve survived this topsy turvy weather! It’s pouring with rain outside as I write this and the heating is on…maybe we’ve missed autumn and gone straight into winter!! Oh No!

Thank you for reading.

 

6 Responses to “October 5th Llanstephan Walk, Tenby Visit , David Cowdry Exhibition”

  1. tootlepedal Says:

    Well, you have an adventurous time. That coastal walk looked like a winner and Tenby seems delightful but the paintings at the end were the best things in the post for me. Just my sort of art.

    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading. I do like to keep busy especially at this time of year- I don’t like the short days and long dark nights. The art exhibition was really amazing. David’s
      paintings are really something special with his ability to capture nature in all its forms and also the way he can paint light…such a great talent and a lovely person too. Very fortunate to be able to see his work exhibited at my favourite garden- a win win situation!

  2. Thanks for a great post Marianne – loads of interest. Love the ?pottery shell/horn shape by the stream on your walk, plus fascinating about that link with Celtic Christianity and Egypt – always surprised by how much travel was going on centuries ago. Will have to get to ABG soon to see DC’s work – love it!
    Best wishes
    Julian

    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading. The exhibition is really his best yet. He sold six more paintings today hardly any left for sale. He’s only there until Thursday…I think…so hurry down! I’d never seen that Well at Llanstephan before…all these hidden treasures to discover! I’ll have to look out for more! Best wishes to you two.

  3. Another great set of pictures, Marianne. You certainly took in all kinds of scenery on your walk this week, from the hidden garden to a stroll along the beach. An interesting trip to Tenby and the Botanic Garden, too. I hope the floods have subsided there by you, now.

    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading. As I write this the rain is pouring down again and as the land is waterlogged I think the flooding may return sooner rather than later! I feel sorry for the farmers who have to cope with sorting out all their animals and getting them to higher ground. Our beach walk was hugely enjoyable and I’m still surprised that there are hidden treasures like the well still for us to discover on our ambles. Maybe we’ll need a boat for our next walk!


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