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January 29 All the LL’s for Local walks! January 29, 2021

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Hellebores from garden in my mum’s best dish

Living as we do in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside we are very fortunate to have walks all around us. Over the last weeks we have walked around Llangadog, Llansadwrn and Llandovery! Lots of LL’s in lovely locations!! Stop it that’s enough of trying to be clever!!

Anyway maybe you can sense a bit of madness in this writing…or maybe it’s always like this! Trying to stay abiding by the Covid rules can drive one a bit potty when the weather is also trying to drive one mad at the same time! We have had every sort of weather thrown at us…indeed it felt like buckets of water being thrown when the rain came down! After the rain came the floods, then the ice followed by the snow and in between some splashes of sunshine!

Our walks out have been the best thing to keep us going and talking! On our Llangadog walk we crossed over the road bridge into the small hamlet of Felindre where track and trace was in force….the kite kept us under his watchful eye the whole time!

Leaving the houses behind we followed the road along the lanes and came to a junction splendidly marked by a copse of fine pine trees. We followed the lane on to look out for lambs in the fields but were disappointed! We were also disappointed that if we looked across the valley we could see sunshine lighting up the fields…just where our house is! We were chilly in the damp and windy side of the valley!

One constant in all the weather changes has been the never ending flight of birds to the feeders especially during the cold. The birds are getting very good at sharing!

After all the rain the valley became flooded. We took the opportunity to look at the floods from above and walked up to Llansadwrn Forestry where one gets great views along the Towy river below. We were surprised to see that only a day or two later after the torrential rainfall someone had pulled the plug and the floods had receded! Across the valley the Carmarthen Fans were covered in snow.

We continued on up the forest track reaching the top of the hill after passing a wall full of interest and then we had more lovely views over the valley. Right in the distance was Pen Y Fan (45 miles!) and captured using zoom on my camera !

Back in Llansadwrn the sun was still shining.

Our garden is still there but mainly under water! Not sure how the bulbs and plants are going to thrive after the continual wet! However, there is still colour and lots of evergreens which I love! They are such good doers and give that structure to a garden and the all important colour in the winter.

My one and only ‘posh’ snowdrop …half eaten by ? Can’t remember where I bought it but delighted that it’s flowered!

As we had to drive to Llandovery to collect our prescriptions from the chemist we felt it was fair to take advantage of the situation and go for a circular walk from the town. We walked on the road, under the Heart of Wales railway line, down tracks, over bridges and back into town. Very enjoyable!

After the rainy days came the frosty days which changed the countryside from damp and dismal into frosty shimmering sparkle when the sun shone!

On a stroll from home we saw these odd tracks in the snow. Maybe it’s s stick that rolled along the ground but they were next to the fox prints and the bird prints and they went on for quite a way ending by a stream!

News this evening that Primary schools in Wales may open after February half term if virus numbers continue to fall…that’s great news. Also a maximum of two people from different households will be able to exercise outdoors together, as long as they maintain social distancing. They can take exercise starting from and finishing at home but they still can’t drive anywhere to take exercise! The world has suddenly become my oyster again!

Fingers crossed the vaccine rollout continues at pace here and worldwide and we can start planning for the future again. Yay!


11 Responses to “January 29 All the LL’s for Local walks!”

  1. tootlepedal Says:

    Another lovely post. The views of Pen y Fan were very good. Long tailed tits, tree creepers, nuthatches….you have it all as far as feeding the birds go.

    I hope that you get a break from the rain in February. It is hard to be optimistic when everything is half under water.

    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading. Today I was all primed up for bird watching and counting but the cold wind has been howling around the garden and very few birds have sampled the treats that I’ve put out for them. The raisin and suet filled coconut shell is untouched and the replacement for the peanut butter feeder- which proved very difficult to remove the old jar- has only had two birds! Think I’ll wait until tomorrow…mind you snow is forecast then!! Hope your bird feeders are full and fun for everyone to enjoy!

  2. How wonderful to have such lovely walks so close at hand. Even with the miserable weather and Covid restrictions, these scenes are enough to lift the spirits. The snow shots are beautiful! We’ve had several inches of snow already and expecting more tomorrow. I really must make the effort to get out there, once the roads have been cleared, and take some pictures. I know I’ll regret it if I don’t. If only it wasn’t quite so cold. Brrr!

    • lletty Says:

      Thanks you for reading Sue. We are so fortunate to have all these different walks around us…I’m not sure how I’d be feeling if we didn’t have them! I just can’t imagine what life must be like for those without walking spaces or gardens to enjoy…especially if they have children. We count our blessings every day! It’s blowing hard here at present- a very chilly wind and more snow in the forecast…I’m not going out today! Hope your weather eases up so you too can get out and about and take more fantastic photos.

  3. Jane Clatworthy Says:

    Lovely to see all those familiar views

    • lletty Says:

      Thank you Jane. I bet you recognised lots of those views! It’s been good to get out and about during our shut in! We are now able to take exercise with another person…wish you were here to come with me! Hopefully you are still having lovely jaunts out with Sue and taking in all that sea air! Best wishes and enjoy all your walks too.

  4. Hello Marianne,
    What a range of weather and colour. Wonderful, and glad your special snowdrop delighted you with its nibbled flower! Methinks winter has us in it grip for a little longer, but at least the days are getting longer, if not that much brighter most of the time!
    best wishes

    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading Julian. I am so proud of my posh snowdrop! It has now been totally eaten …it’s very odd ! All the common snowdrops are thriving without a nibble in sight! I must have a gourmet mouse somewhere! Although our garden is waterlogged I had a huge bonfire yesterday to burn November cuttings! Very smoky…I’m glad I don’t live next door to me!! I’ve had my jab and Jim’s is next week in Carmarthen at 7.50pm! Hope you can get yours too. Cold again this weekend but it’s lighter in the evenings..we are getting there! Best wishes

      • Thanks Marianne. I suspect the snowdrop was nibbled by a slug-I’ve found some of mine – and as you found it’s usually the expensive ones tend to get eaten – all the Welsh ones, in the main, are usually left alone!
        Good for you with a bonfire. We’ve been waiting months for just 2 or 3 dry days with a wind – we’ve huge piles of brash waiting. Fortunately MD hasn’t banned bonfires. YET! Apparently you can’t have them in France or The Netherlands now… Well done on the jabs – no news here for us, but things are at last trundling in the right direction. It’s a real shame that we’re so slow on developing intranasal vaccines, though apparently they’re coming – probably not as much money to be made from these which is why they haven’t happened yet.
        As you say thank goodness the days are getting longer,
        Best wishes

      • lletty Says:

        I’ll keep a look out for slugs!! Thank you!

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