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August 1 Pinch Punch, Colby Woodland Gardens, Amroth, August 1, 2020

I haven’t a photo of a white rabbit to start the month ( maybe you don’t say ‘white rabbit’ or ‘pinch punch, first day of the month’ but I do!) anyway, I do have a photo of the new occupants of the field in front of the house!

The weather has been up and down or rather wet and chilly or dry and hot!

We’ve enjoyed a couple of visits out and recently went to NT Colby Woodland Gardens where we found free entry! ( We are NT members but in case others aren’t check before you visit!) 45 minutes from home!

The cafe was open so before we set off anywhere it was a treat to have a proper cappuccino and cream scones with strawberry jam! Sadly the wasps were out looking for a treat too!

After a wonderful walk through the woodlands we strolled down the driveway towards Amroth and the beach.

On the way we passed ‘the money tree’! I wonder if anyone has ever thought what they will do when the trunk falls down!

It wasn’t too long after passing through the woodland we caught the first sight of the sea over the rooftops of the houses.

The sun came out so we could enjoy a walk along the front where visitors were trying hard to socially distance themselves from others! A tricky walk across all the pebbles on the shoreline to the edge of the sea was worthwhile …just to sit, listen and watch the waves crashing in and then receding over the pebbles with all the gurgling, drumming, splashing and rolling of pebbles that was made.

Every pebble on the beach has a story to tell. Love looking for fossils in them all!

Further along the beach there is a reminder to take litter and plastic home. A good use of the plastic has been made by the artist Gideon Petersen creating an installation made of plastic and filled with plastic bottles etc.

What comes downhill must go uphill once more so we headed back up the drive to Colby after having an enormous icecream each! We needed the walk to use the calories that we’d eaten in the day…Boris would be proud!!

We passed the NT cottages which are let out …not sure if they are opened as yet.

A visit into Carmarthen to buy a new stand for our water butt led to a bit of disappointment when we found that Wilko had sold out that morning! A walk to the park and round the velodrome seemed a good option to cheer us up!

The large barn in the park shows a fine example of English garden wall bond…three courses of stretchers and one header. There isn’t a Welsh garden wall bond…maybe someone could design one! Maybe this wall has a bit of Welshness about it as the courses of stretchers varies ! It’s just beautiful.

Spurred on to make our walk last a little longer we left the park and headed up the road to the Picton Memorial. We pass this monument many times whilst driving into Carmarthen but we’ve never walked up to it before!

There’s a plaque commemorating the Rebecca Riots.

There are some lovely villas overlooking the memorial – a fine entrance to the oldest town in Wales- Carmarthen!

My post wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t mention Aberglasney. The wildflower meadow is still blooming brilliantly but now the hydrangeas are trying to overshadow the colours of the meadow- they are lterally the flowers of many colours!

The robins keep their watchful eyes over the gardens for all!

Back home the garden just continues to give pleasure with wild flowers, birds and all sorts everywhere!

I’m not going to play my Flanders and Swann record ‘A Song of the Weather’ ….( given to us by daughter at Christmas)

‘In July the sun is hot

Is it shining? No it’s not

August cold and dank and wet

Brings more rain than any yet!’

I’m going to play: Summer Breeze – Seals & Croft…..

We were in the early years of marriage when this song was released and lo and behold we are still together and talking after lockdown! Love the song and my man!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsW8rXPcnM0

Thank you for reading and enjoy your summer!

 

6 Responses to “August 1 Pinch Punch, Colby Woodland Gardens, Amroth,”

  1. Haha! Love the title! I remember saying that when I was a kid. The garden is looking beautiful and what great shots of the robin and starling. We don’t see too many starlings here in our neck of the woods but I remember back home they would flock to my parents garden whenever a pan of water was put out for them to bathe in. And thanks for sharing more seaside pics. Many years ago, we had some friends who, whenever they went on holiday to the seaside, always took back with them two small jars containing sea water and sand for their elderly parents who could no longer get out and about and missed their trips to the coast, which was a nice thought. Your lovely pics do the same for me. Thank you.

    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading Sue. I’m pleased you enjoyed the seaside pics. I may try taking a video next beach we visit as it’s the sounds of the sea as much as the sights that bring me joy! Smelli -vision hasn’t been invented yet …I don’t think…but it would be good to capture the aroma wafting in from the waves and the smell of fish, chips and icecream!
      Regarding ice creams…how times have changed! There was a list of twelve different varieties to choose from and no end of toppings to add and then the size of the cornet too…I nearly gave up!
      Brilliant idea of the two jars…might try that! Thanks again. Stay safe.

  2. Thanks Marianne – another packed post, and great to see someone else likes looking at pebbles on a beach too – we did the Colby walk last year and loved the money tree, walk to the beach and cafe – a very special place,
    best wishes
    Julian

    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading Julian. We are very fortunate having all these places nearly on our doorsteps! It was strange though to walk passed people in Amroth wearing facemasks! Some of the cliffs, on the right side, overhanging the beach, had great fissures in them and one could see large boulders where a part had sheered off- it all looked quite precarious ! Some visitors didn’t heed the warnings!!
      Looking forward to return to the Colby woods in the autumn now when it will be less crowded and different colours of foliage!
      Stay safe.

  3. tootlepedal Says:

    We used to say pinch punch but I have never heard of the rabbit. Another feats of lovely pictures in this post. I am envious of your visit to the sea side, We have to go miles to find a decent beach.

    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading. I’ve always enjoyed reading your posts when you visit the seaside and go on your boat trips to Bass Rock- hopefully you’ll be able to have another family holiday there before too long.
      I’ve been in one of those moods that is making me recall childhood sayings and old songs…I blame my age and the lockin!!


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