The rain had stopped and although the paths were muddy a fair few walkers turned up at Llyn Llech Owain for Philip’s walk around the country park. Setting off at a good pace we reached the little Visitor Centre, which is a good place to look out over the lake and see which birds are around.
The lake’s legend: Owain Lawgoch (known as Owain The Red Hand in the Hundred Years’ War) was entrusted to look after Mynydd Mawr, a well on the mountain. Every day, after withdrawing enough water for himself and his horse, Owain was always very careful to replace the stone slab which held back the water. However on one occasion he somehow completely forgot to do that and an absolute torrent of water poured down the side of the mountain! The resultant lake was hence named Llyn Lech Owain, meaning ‘the lake of Owain’s slab’!
Continuing on around the lake we followed some rather muddy paths. The land around the lake is being restored to ‘proper’ bogland. Many trees have been felled to clear the land. It all looks a bit wet and messy at present but no doubt it will improve the land for wildlife and the bog itself.
Continuing the circular walk we left the park, walked along a country lane and returned back through the park on another path. Whilst on the road we passed a machine improving the bog area on another site.
There was also a derelict cottage…just ripe for renovation…maybe suit Miss Havisham if it had an extension! Many of the trees around our area are marked with orange paint or orange ties, these are due to be chopped down as I believe they have ash dieback and may cause injury if left and fall down!
The pace quicken when we neared the cafe! Fantastic range of multicoloured cakes awaited us…all delicious but the bara brith was my favourite! Thank you Philip for the great walk and for bringing the best eggs around from Lewis, who we are all missing on our walks and we all wish him well.
The weather has been bright and dry on a number of days and Tuesday in our village is Vestry Venture Day. The church vestry is open for all to call in and have a chat , coffee and cake. So I ventured out for a walk and a chat up to the church, passing the old pound and the war memorial and said hello to the welcoming bear outside the vestry!
On the way back down the hill the views and the signs of spring in the hedgerows was uplifting.
As I’ve mentioned some times I love Aberglasney Gardens! Recently there has been a new orchid display in the Ninfarium to enjoy- it’s stunning! Plus all the daffodils out…magic!
Back home we haven’t any orchids…sadly…but colour is returning to the garden and the Canada Geese have returned to our pond to join the resident moorhens the three visiting mallards, the pheasants and Rufus!
Living in such a vibrant, small community is full of joys and new ventures seem to spring up every week. Sadwrn Walkers went on their first walk this week around Llansadwrn lanes – it was rather murky weatherwise but the happy chatter, seeing the new born lambs, the first sighting of cow parsley in the hedge, greeting and meeting two donkeys and the coffee and biscuit at the end made it a perfect outing – to be repeated first weekend every month!
Rufus has now had the buttons removed from his ear but the trauma of visiting the vets and having treatment has really taken it out of him!
St David’s Day was celebrated with a drink in the pub and lots of daffodils in the house. Thank you for reading and just keep washing those hands!