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December 19 Staying Safe but Out and About December 19, 2020

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Although Christmas is now going to be a very slimmed down affair for many it hasn’t changed our preparations as we had already planned to be home alone…plus the cat! We are very fortunate that we can get out and still go for lovely local walks.

Following the footpath through the local caravan park (Aber Marlais) is a favourite especially when the river is in full flow under the little bridges. It won’t be long before the banks will be turned white with the drifts of snowdrops carpeting the woodland floors. (Roll on the spring as well as the vaccine!)

The track is an old Roman road and the hedge posts at the side look as though the Romans put the fence in! Lovely lichen! Little cities on top of posts.

Passing down the track sheep and a goat in the next field hurtled towards the gate to see us. After a quick scratch on their heads I hid in the bushes to watch the goat to make sure he could get his head & horns back through the gate! He could…easily!

The track lead down to the main road the A40 which if you follow it right to the end brings you to London! Recent roadworks have caused days of traffic lights and a diversion. …..just had to investigate especially when the sign said ‘Wildlife Crossing’! After chatting to a very kind gentleman I was told that a culvert under the road had been replaced and indeed it was to help any wildlife who found the entrance a safe way to cross the road as well as being a drain for the small stream. Hope the badgers can cross safely now!

Aberglasney is now closed due to lockdown but I managed a quick visit before the gates were shut!

The weather over the last few weeks can generally be summed up as ….wet! However, some days the sun has managed to put its hat on to give some splendid sunrises and sometimes even cold enough to freeze ones toes!

Enjoyed a few visits to lovely Llandovery to get a pre lockdown haircut (very short hair now) and to do some shopping. The shops had made such a special effort to decorate their windows and to bring cheer to all but it was all so quiet!

Also enjoyed a drive in to Llandeilo and a visit to a new shop! Davies and Co !How exciting to open a new business at this time. The shop is based in an old warehouse that has been transformed into a furniture and coffee shop plus lots more. I loved it …can you tell!

Back home in the garden everything is still under water but a few plants and lots of birds are still trying to brighten things up. The long tailed tits are very nervous. As soon as I lift the camera up in the kitchen to take a photo through the window they fly off…I shall keep trying!! They know they are cute!

On a walk up the village this week I spotted a buzzard in the tree. It flew right over me and I ducked so I didn’t get a chance to see it in flight! The village has new road signs…30mph…which is so sensible. The signs are on all roads leading into and out of the village and I discovered even on a track. Does that mean that it’s 60 mph when you leave the 30 zone?

I visited the church to see their Christmas display in the porch. It was beautiful.

I look forward to starting the New Year with lots of positivity, lots of new plans (visit to Canada in summer to visit grandchildren- fingers crossed!) and lots of hope that life will get better for everyone.

I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and a happy and healthy 2021.


8 Responses to “December 19 Staying Safe but Out and About”

  1. tootlepedal Says:

    You have done brilliantly to get so many cheerful pictures into your post in the middle of a very gloomy week on all fronts. I liked the lichen encrusted posts as you might guess.

    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading. As I see it there are two ways of going at this time…down the gloomy way or keeping upbeat and cheerful! I’m trying hard to do the latter…but it’s been difficult! We are fortunate that we had already decided not to have family stay over Christmas…so we didn’t have to have the hard decision of changing plans and now we are in lockdown we’ll just have to make the most of what’s around us. Like many others we haven’t seen family for ages…last time we saw our daughter/grandson was last Christmas!! I know 2021 will be better…it has to be!

      • tootlepedal Says:

        We were lucky in that our youngest granddaughter did sneak a legal visit in but we haven’t seen her or Matilda otherwise. Zoom is not the same.

      • lletty Says:

        Good to know you saw your younger grandchild- they grow and change so quickly at her age and definitely need grandparents need their cuddles.

  2. Marie Dommett Says:

    Some lovely photos! Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you both xx

  3. I’m so glad that you are able to get out and about, Marianne, and that you are sharing your walks with us with some wonderful pictures. Your sunrise shots are beautiful and the reference to the sun ‘having his hat on’ reminds me of the song that my grandmother used to sing to me, “The sun has got his hat on and is coming out to play.” Wow! That takes me back! Also love that shot of the church with the rainbow! Wishing you and your family all the best for 2021.

    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for your good wishes. Not sure there’ll be many walks this week as it hasn’t stopped raining yet! The forecast is frosty and dry for Christmas Day so hopefully a few bright dry photos then! I was fortunate that the rainbow came out just in time …however, it was followed by a cloud burst…never mind! Hope your Christmas runs smoothly now after all your problems…it will all be better next year!!

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