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March 12 Poor Man’s Wood Walk and New Plans March 12, 2021

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Hooray new plans! Hairdressers can open in Wales from Monday so I’m booked in already for a proper cut not just a trim! We are also allowed to go from ‘stay at home’ to ‘stay local’ from next week…not sure what that means- how local is local? Anyway let’s hope that everyone stays sensible and more freedom to visit places and people will be allowed before too long!

As I have neared my total limit of 6GB on WordPress this post will have to be very short and lacking lots of photos! I will have to pay another 48$ to upgrade to Premium Plan and then I’ll have 13GB…so lots more photos then! Computer wise it’s been a rather irritable week as my Facebook page has been phished…I think that’s the word! Hope to sort it out soon!

On the A40 verge

On a local circular walk around the lanes we passed this lovely display along the verges of the A40 main road. Not sure if it’s the council who do these plantings or the farmers who live nearby but they are certainly welcome additions at this time of year.

The lanes are usually clear except for some tractors whizzing by and the hedgerows are full of primroses, celandines and the promise of wild garlic!

The fields were full of lambs and this ewe had rather of lot to look after…I’m sure they weren’t all hers!

On a bright sunny day we parked our car in the local Coop car park and set off down the road to find Poor Man’s Wood. In early 17th century Rhys Pritchard, the vicar 0f Llandovery, gave the wood to the town so the poor could take away a small of amount of wood when needed to use as fuel. We followed a track and then found the interesting entrance gate to the oak wood.

We walked along the bottom of the steep sided hill enjoying the views up through all the oak trees and the beautiful views over the lower fields.

From an information board I learnt that the sessile oak acorns have no stalk but the leaves have long stalks and in common oak it’s the other way round! I try to learn something new every day…but will I remember it….!!!!

I had a feeling we were being watched!

We walked on to the end of the wood following the footpath signs. There were a number of trees which had been blown down by the recent gales. We had to do lots of limboing under fallen trees and crawling on hands and knees through the broken branches but at last we came to the end of the path and climbed a stile into a field.

The field led on to a lovely farm where we asked the farmer about the circular route back. Alas! Although there is a circular route back it was blocked by more fallen trees so we had to return the same way! We will return later this spring when the woods will be filled with bluebells as their foliage was all around already.

Parts of our local circular walk has been overgrown for over a year. As mentioned previously in this blog someone has been amazing and has started clearing the 250+m of this path which when cleared will open up more circular walks for the area. A young friend asked would I like to assist clearing a bit more of this path. Cutting and slashing branches and foliage is obviously my forte as after a few hours work we’d cleared 40m approx! Fortified by gingerbread tea ( brought by kind friend) it was a very satisfying afternoon’s work. Hope they weren’t spying on us from the plane!

Back in the garden the birds are happy, the Canada Geese seem to be relaxed about making a nest on the island, the heron likes the frogs, the flowers are trying their best to grow through the damp clay and my compost is wonderful!

Hope I haven’t used up all my WordPress memory on this post so fingers crossed it gets published! Marks and Spencers have some lovely plants on offer for Mother’s Day! I’ve a new hydrangea and rose! Treat yourself if you haven’t anyone to get you a surprise! Everyone deserves a treat and a surprise in life!


15 Responses to “March 12 Poor Man’s Wood Walk and New Plans”

  1. tootlepedal Says:

    Your compost does look good. I will have to have a look at mine soon. Well done for the path clearing exploits.

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    • lletty Says:

      Thanks for reading. I get very excited when I lift the cover to see the compost…it’s a bit like magic! I carefully select the places I’m going to use it around the garden – I don’t want to waste it. Thank you also for the link to Ann with an E…we’ve loved every episode and series and tonight we are watching the last one!!! We’ve loved the rugby this afternoon and so wanted something to continue the good vibes this evening! Hope the match tomorrow has a good result for you too. Enjoy!


  2. Good to see that things are starting to open up again, and what a lovely walk through the wood. Ah! Marks and Spencers! Probably the store that I miss most. I used to love shopping there. I had to go all the way to Canada to see one and that was years ago. I did read at one time that they were thinking of opening stores in the US but it didn’t come to anything.

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    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading. Ah! Marks and Sparks- it really is my favourite shop too.
      Our local M and S is really tiny compared to the larger towns but it has everything I need. The food store is perfect for getting those interesting little extras and their prices are now very reasonable. My son and family live in Canada and I send the children clothes from M and S for presents. They are always delighted and say that there is nothing comparable in any of the shops there! Trouble is the postage is enormous even though we now use a courier service and it takes weeks to deliver! At present although M and S is open one can only buy food there due to lockdown. Looking forward to when I can go and buy a new jumper…to celebrate a bit of normality resuming! Take care.

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  3. Hello Marianne,
    Must have slipped through the net as I was watching the stove…. sorry to hear about your FB page, and I’m sure you”ll enjoy the extra space on WordPress _ think of how much you can include from now on. Very impressed with your hacking back skills – if you ever get bored, i’m sure we could offer some extra work, though it’d be fortified by Barm brack up here…
    Best wishes

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    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading Julian. Are you on the WordPress Premium plan…I’m just being nosy! I’ve been cutting back brambles today wearing my new elbow length gauntlets that our daughter gave me for Mother’s Day…superb…not a scratch in sight! Wish I’d had them forever! Hope the stove really does get sorted this time! Best wishes

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      • Hello Marianne,
        RE WordPress, yes I think I’m on the premium plan with 13 GB data, but I’m now up to 89% of this, so I’m also thinking I’ll have to change, but the next jump up is a big one, more than double the price I think! Still I asked TootleP about this, and he’s on it – plus if you ever want to include video clips as I now do occasionally then that gobbles data!
        Anyway well worth the upgrade I’d say – where would we bloggers be without this creative outlet?
        Really like the sound of your gauntlets, sounds as though I could use a a pair for hedging!
        I ended up with a long rant yesterday to the stove boss. I hate such negativity – it isn’t sorted, and I was instructed what to do yesterday… (as if I’d wanted to be a bolier engineer)… and ended up pulling a rib muscle but at least I’m certain I’ve narrowed it down to two components – which is progress I suppose!! I’m sure Jim would’ve sorted it weeks ago!
        best wishes to you both,

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      • lletty Says:

        Sorry to hear about your rib problem…painful …and the on going saga of the boiler trouble. As we need a certificate for checking our oil boiler…to put in our cottage…Jim takes a deep breath and we pay someone! It is handy having an on site engineer! WordPress has us all tied in…we don’t want to lose our posts so we have to pay up. I wonder what happens if you stop writing posts and stop paying …will the blog stay suspended forever and then people can look back at it in 50 years and say,” Look at all those white flowers…I think they were called snowdrops!” ” What is snow?” Who knows what will happen to our writing and photos! Let’s just keep doing our blogs and enjoy reading all the other blogs around! Best wishes.

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      • The rib’s OK – another day of chainsawing made my body forget about that and feel the other aches and pains we all have I guess! I can see how galling it would be to have to get someone else out to check your boiler if Jim was up to it technically!
        But I think your comment about WP is spot on, and was essentially the “penny dropped” moment that occurred to me with all this digital stuff, a few months back. We all love doing it, and like to think it has a lasting value and some sort of historical record of images and words of this time in this place. And you’re right. What if the climate changes so much one doesn’t get snowdrops, or swallows, or whatever? But it’s all dependent on WP still keeping the things on line. and what happens as you say if you stop paying, or they go bust? Which as you know led me into this mega task of re-editing and re saving on my computer since their export system doesn’t actually seem to save the words or images in an obvious easily accessible form. Part of my ongoing interest in Ted Hughes’ work as a result of little brother’s efforts has made me realise that he left a huge physical archive of had written material over and above his published work which can still be assessed by anyone with the time and inclination. I think we’re living through such interesting times that these personal record local blogs have real long term value – just so long as they’re still there! TP’s assessment which I think I agree with, is that even at the higher cost plans, it currently offers good value for what we get out of creating them. A final point – a few years back when we belatedly updated our wills, I actually asked for a clause on digital media, and have told the kids that any value from everything I’ve done on WP might only ever come about years after I’d popped off, so if they wanted to benefit, then they’d better keep shelling out for WP hosting, once I’ve gone! But I’ve always thought we’re in a dying breed -(Long term bloggers) – most folk these days are more byte sized instagram/facebook type short works which I’m not sure have the necessary order to have such longer term appeal. But what do I know!!!
        Anyway, as always Marianne, an interesting exchange. Who knows, maybe see you soon??? Even if only on Zoom?
        Best wishes

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      • lletty Says:

        Thank you Julian for your very interesting thoughts and ideas. No-one knows where life will lead us! When I retired and left our school I kept all my management files on floppy discs…lots of them …and of course nowadays our computer doesn’t even have a driver! I’ve never needed to use the files…indeed ..I’ve thrown them all away so who knows where or how our blogs will be viewed in the future!
        We’ll have a lot to chat about when we do meet up! Best wishes.

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