Philip had done it again…arranged the rain to stop so our walk around Dinefwr took place in dry but very windy conditions!
We all set off from Llandeilo station carpark and walked briskly through the town to Dinefwr entrance. We all had to stop for a breather before Philip led us across the fields heading towards the track leading from Home Farm. It was a very blustery walk and signs of the winds that have been blowing recently could be seen with all the branches from trees lying on the ground.
The views from the top of the hill took in the town of Llandeilo, the park, Newton House and Dinefwr Castle.
The wind was quite strong which made the walking quite a struggle with all the ups and downs of the hills!
We followed the track leading to the winter cowshed of the White Park Dinefwr Cattle , who all looked very cheerful and very well fed!
We passed some fine lichen examples and some very mossy trees!
Passing in front of Newton House we followed a sheep track back to the old church Llandyfeisant , which is hopefully going to be restored. https://www.llandeilo.org/ch_llandyfeisant.html
At the church there were some more lichen and penny wort, an interesting poster about the church, snowdrops being blown elegantly around in the breeze and lovely Molly the dog!
We followed the muddy track down to the river where only the week before there had been major flooding but now all looked under control.
It all looked very calm and no signs of damage. Unlike when Turner painted a watercolour of the bridge in 1795 when a flood then had taken away a stone support!!
J.M.W. Turner painted this watercolour of the first Llandeilo Bridge and Dinefwr Castle in 1795 during one of his several sketching and painting tours of Wales. A recent flood had carried away one of the stone supports and Turner shows its alarmingly flimsy wooden replacement. https://www.llandeilo.org/bge_gallery.html
With the wind behind us we fairly zoomed up the hill towards the town passing Gerwyns where the plants and veg outside the shop were nearly blown away.
We knew our coffee and cake were waiting at Mary Ellens 139 so we rushed passing all the lovely houses and church on the way.
Thank you Philip for another lovely walk.
This area has been fortunate to miss the severe flooding affecting homes as in other parts of Wales but we have had lots of rain! The bog garden in our front garden is now a pond!
The road outside our house looks like the tide has come in with a high water mark with all the stones and debris form further up the hill!
A walk up the road to see the local rivers showed them in full spate with lots of moss and lichen to add to the interesting scenes.
Even the geese thought the river too dangerous to swim in!
Back home the daffodils and hellebores are trying their best to liven up the garden and the birds are eating all their bird seed to give us something interesting to look at through the window!
Rufus has been confined to indoors as he must have banged his head and caused a haematoma : ‘An aural haematoma is a blood blister that forms inside the ear flap when a blood vessel bursts.
This has meant he has had to have two operations on his ear!! He is not a happy cat and doesn’t like the colour of the three buttons that are helping his ear to get better!
Thank you for reading. Hope the floods and all the rain haven’t caused any of you too many problems…..Spring is on the way!
If you come and stay in Lletty Cottage all the walks that Philip takes us on are all local so you can try them out for yourselves.
(Cottage prices 2020- Any 4 nights £200 if available, 7 nights- £375)