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October 22 Botanic Garden of Wales, Dylan Thomas Laugharne, Pendine October 23, 2020

Not long now until 6pm today when Wales starts its own lockdown…a firebreak -to try to halt the spread of the Covid virus.

Thank goodness we are surrounded by beautiful countryside to walk in and enjoy all the autumn colours…that is when it’s not raining or too cold!

The local walk around our village lanes is called ‘The Loop’. How ever many times one walks it there is always something new to see and enjoy.

There are the wildflowers, the trees with fairy doors and the rushing streams.

The friendly donkeys are always there at their gate and always ready for a happy chat and a photo…they know they are gorgeous!

After the Loop it’s a downhill walk passing the field with the friendly bullocks, who are all safely behind the gate, and then a view over the hedge of our house and that cup of coffee!

It’s the season when the lichen are looking interesting and being noticed around our garden and on all our apple tree branches.

On a visit to the Botanic Gardens there was an excellent embroidery display in their gallery and some of the amazing work showed many of the types of lichen around…a very useful resource for me! There are so many talented folk around!

On my visit to the Gardens I was accompanied by my friend and the sunshine came too! It was a glorious day.

After another visit to the Gallery to see the other work on display we walked down through the wood to see the new bridges.

My very knowledgeable friend told me that this year is a mast year for acorns when oak trees produce a bumper crop. There are certainly a great many acorns around and squirrels to pick them up!!

October is also a bumper month for friends and family birthdays! A visit to Laugharne to do the Dylan Thomas Birthday Walk is becoming quite a tradition.

The walk starts in the village and follows the shoreline which leads up the hill to St John’s Wood, where there are lovely views over the castle and the estuary of the River Taf.

Who needs man- made decorations when nature can provide the prettiest decorations ever!

Back in the village we walked up to Dylan Thomas’s writing shed which was having a facelift! Usually one can only peer through the window but this gave a chance to have a nosy inside!

The Boathouse, where the Thomas’s lived was closed to visitors but open for refreshments in the garden. Passing under the fig tree and pausing by the garden bench it’s no wonder that Dylan felt inspired to write with such amazing scenes all around.

Another visit to Pendine, to have a walk along the seafront, brought back many happy memories of our childhood holidays here in a caravan. There are now huge caravan sites all around the village but the beach hasn’t changed at all! It’s still seven miles long and wonderful! The plaque, detailing the world land speed records on the sands, is still on display on the pub wall.

Back home the garden is till giving pleasure. I have stripped the borders of all the ‘thugs’ that although quite beautiful were dominating everything else and have planted some more evergreens and smaller perennials. We’ll have to wait and see next year if I’ve been too fierce!

Delighted that I have finished writing this blog before the lockdown! Our wonderful pub in the village is closing at 6pm!

Thank you for reading.


5 Responses to “October 22 Botanic Garden of Wales, Dylan Thomas Laugharne, Pendine”

  1. tootlepedal Says:

    I loved the embroidered lichens and the real ones were very well photographed too. I hope that your lockdown doesn’t turn out to stretch into many months and that it is really a short sharp shock.

    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading. The embroidery display was wonderful and just this week I picked up at our Red Cross charity shop, ‘ The Batsford Encyclopaedia of Embroidery Stitches’, …full of good intentions to learn but first I have to find an easy way of threading the needle!! (poor eyesight!) The shorter the lock down the better- I don’t like decisions being made for me even when I agree with them…if you see what I mean! Better stick to learning to sew and keep out of politics!

  2. What a glorious day at the Garden, Marianne, and such an interesting visit to the home of Dylan Thomas. I was tickled to see in one of your opening lines about the walk called ‘The Loop.’ That is the name given to the downtown district of Chicago. There was a time when I used to love walking around our ‘Loop’ seeing all the sights and taking hundreds of photos but these days, with all the violence on the streets (even without the added risk of the virus) I think I’d rather be walking around your Loop.

    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading. You’ve really opened my eyes about life in Chicago with its gardens and museums as I had always associated it with what I’d seen on films with gangsters and such like! Now I read that there are places in Chicago that are not pleasant to visit- just like large cities everywhere – you’ll have to start your very own new Loop that is enjoyable and safe for you to walk.

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