Happy New Year! It’s good to start a year with a walk around the Botanic Gardens. It’s good too that entrance for all in January is free! yay!
A really good turn out of walkers, 20+ ,came to enjoy the wonderful weather and walk that Philip had arranged for us all. It was a delight to set off around the lake and head off into the meadows away from our usual paths.
Everywhere was just looking very beautiful from the reflections in the water to the views across the fields.
A striking glass work of art was really showing itself off well with the warm sun shining through it. No idea who made it but I like it!
After walking uphill a little way we passed through the monkey puzzle tree glade. It’s quite a sight seeing so many of these trees altogether especially with the Great Glasshouse in the background.
After walking through the fields we headed back to the Fairy Wood where a great deal of work has taken place improving the paths- making them suitable for access by all. Either side of the path were places set aside for the fairies to work and play in peace- except when non fairies make too much noise playing the vertical logs!
The path led to the new dam that has been built to hold back the water in the newly constructed Regency lake. The two new bridges connecting the path to the dam and beyond aren’t accessible yet to visitors unless you are on a Hard Hat Tour…remember HandS …one must always wear a hard hard when crossing a bridge! It will be wonderful when the work is completed as it all looks amazing now.
We headed back up the path towards the Glasshouse enjoying the sunshine and the warmth- wondering if there were any fish in the lake or had they all been eaten by the crocodile that was lurking in the shallows.
It was Doggy Day at the Gardens so we were accompanied by a couple of well behaved dogs on our walk and we met some fine examples of dogs on our way around!
After a delicious coffee in the Glasshouse we left for home after I had a visit to the Garden shop and bought three plants half price…well you have to…don’t you! Thank you Philip for a great walk and a lovely way to start 2020.
Jim and I have enjoyed some good days out too over the holiday period. We visited North Gower for a change instead of the more popular South Gower and Mumbles etc.
We passed through Pen-clawdd, where, years ago, the cockle pickers used to be seen on the beach, Llanrhidian and on towards Weobley Castle. We should have chosen a brighter day to visit as the sea mist was very low but we enjoyed seeing the castle, climbing inside and feeling the mystery of the setting.
In the murky distance I could see my actual target of the day…Whiteford Lighthouse! We drove on to Llanmadoc and started our walk to see the cast iron lighthouse, passing the beautiful village church on the way. Sadly , the gloom descended even further and walking to the lighthouse over 10km and 3 hours was not going to happen! Jim’s knees said “NO”!
Looking passed the church into the Loughor estuary I could see the lighthouse and I’m sure it winked at me!
We also visited Rhossili Bay and loved our walk across the dunes to watch all the surfers enjoying(!) the freezing cold and the wind.
We passed some reed banks and I think this may be a reed bunting.
A visit to Aberglasney also filled our days and although winter there is still so much to enjoy in the gardens. Every Sunday in the Piggeries there is a meeting of a Bonsai Group where it’s really enjoyable to see the variety of different trees being miniaturized!
Back in our village I enjoyed a presentation by a local resident of her machine embroidery skills. It was amazing what could be accomplished on a machine used by a very talented lady! I’ll stick to a needle and thread and only when a button needs sewing back on! Just love all those coloured threads !