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April 25 Visits to Porthcawl, Dinefwr and Aberglasney April 25, 2021

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This post should start with a reference to April showers, ” April showers bring May flowers” …so the saying goes, however, showers have been sadly lacking over the last weeks! We have been blessed with frosty mornings , sunny days and some chilly winds which has all resulted in getting the watering can out earlier than usual!

The sunny days have meant we have enjoyed some visits out! We haven’t been to NT Dinefwr in Llandeilo for months so with news that the take away cafe was open …we went!

Newton House looked as formidable as usual but being surrounded by pleasant pastures filled with the famous white cattle it’s a great place to have a lovely walk. There are many different paths to follow and every one is enjoyable.

Over lockdown the parterre has had some work with the yew trees having a severe haircut. The box hedges have box blight so work to be done there too. Around the park there were signs of the result of last winter’s storms with many trees having been blown over and left….all good for the creepy crawlies to come and get their teeth into. Other trees seem to have been cut down as they looked diseased or in danger of losing branches and falling on visitors…who knows!

I always think of Macbeth when passing these trees!

A visit to Aberglasney Gardens is a weekly adventure as there is always something new to see and enjoy. The gardens look wonderful any day of the year but they really sing in the spring!

On another sunny day Porthcawl was our destination…a lovely seaside town just over an hour away. We took the scenic route over the Black Mountain and stopped to enjoy the views back over to the other side of the valley where we live.

In Porthcawl we walked around the little harbour and breathed in deeply enjoying the sea air, the sound of seagulls and the lure of coffee brewing in the harbour cafe!

After coffee and the most enormous tea cake ever we walked along the promenade …it was all perfect!

A rock pipit kept us interested by its diving movements in to the rocks and then sweeping skywards again before hurtling to earth for another scrabble in the rocks for food!

Our garden has managed to survive the morning frosts without too much damage. The tulips are doing well and lots of other flowers too!

Bird life in the garden has had its ups and downs. On the positive side the mallards have had ten ducklings, the Canada Goose is sitting on her nest on the island and the male is a constant companion on the bank watching over her waiting for those eggs to crack!

There have been many visitors to the bird feeders but now there is the bird disease Trichomonosis in the locality and advice is to stop feeding the birds for at least a month….thankfully it’s spring and there’s lots of natural food around in the garden.

The farmer has brought his rams back for spring feeding in the next door paddock. It’s lovely to look out of the window and see them enjoying the grass!

This is what they think about Trichomonosis!!

Life has been busy with building works on the house! The chimney stack is being removed. It lets the water in!! It is being replaced with a stainless steel pipe…hope it looks OK in the end! Six tons of dressed stone now lies in our patio area…it looks a lot more stone down on the ground than it did on our roof!! Thank goodness we have amazing builders and skip deliverers too!

Another visit to Aberglasney today…just to end on a high note…the Gardens were amazing! A walk around with two wonderful friends chatting and putting the world to right is the best tonic in the world. The bluebells were just flowering and looked beautiful.

A fine and subtle spirit dwells
In every little flower,
Each one its own sweet feeling breathes
With more or less of power. 
There is a silent eloquence
In every wild bluebell
That fills my softened heart with bliss
That words could never tell. ….Anne Bronte

Thank you for reading. Next post it will be May! Where is the year going? Hope you have a wonderful May Bank Holiday!


10 Responses to “April 25 Visits to Porthcawl, Dinefwr and Aberglasney”

  1. tootlepedal Says:

    A really lovely trip to Porthcawl. I am very envious as we both love the seaside but find it hard to get to. Your garden is looking very well despite the challenging conditions. I agree that there is a lot of stonework in a chimney as we found when we had ours taken down…and put up again.

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    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading. Seasides are the best places! We were surprised that it wasn’t crowded and everyone was being very cautious when passing …the queue for the icecream was quite long though! I’m amazed at the garden flowers they seem to pull themselves together and fight back against the frost…not all of them but I haven’t had many losses. I’m hoping someone will come along and make an offer for the stone…otherwise I’m going to have an enormous midden in the yard! We are having a stainless steel pipe instead of the stone – hope it all works! Anything will be better than our damp walls and leaking ceilings! Hope your night camera comes back soon. This afternoon I potted on some seedlings and took two trays into the greenhouse. The other tray I left in the potting shed to collect 10 minutes later and every seedling had had its two leaves eaten off!! I used our camera and recorded in full colour the fattest wood mouse ever finishing off the stalks!! I love the camera!


      • tootlepedal Says:

        I am going to have to re-order the trail camera and you have reminded me to do it tonight!

        We went out of our area by a few miles today and felt very daring.

        I am sorry about your seedlings being eaten but at least you got a good picture out of it. 🙂

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  2. Hello Marianne,
    What another action and photo packed post, and for once all filled with wonderful blue skies! But we agree about the watering… and night frosts. Pity the commercial farmers who have no grass growing yet for hungry livestock.
    We managed a trip out to ABG last Friday and agree it’s gorgeous, though I wonder with your links if you know what’s happened to the beehives? They all seem to have gone, and the lovely chap on the entrance didn’t seem to know why. We particularly liked the walles garden with the now recovered narrow clipped yews,
    best wishes

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    • lletty Says:

      Hello Julian Thanks for reading. The farmer who uses our field for silage called the other day and told us how difficult this period is for them with lack of rain to grow the grass and the sheep and lambs needing lots at this atge of the year. Who’d be a farmer!? Good to know you’ve been to AGB. The tulips in the walled garden and as you say the recovered yew trees all look splendid…he’s done a grand job ! I’m finding out about the beehives so I’ll let you know. I’m also finding out if they dig up the tulip bulbs are leave them in…all these queries! Might drive up to Dinas in a week or two when the bluebells will be fully open…love this time of year! Hope you have a lovely May holiday! Best wishes

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    • lletty Says:

      Hello Julian. Re the bees! The bee keepers haven’t been in contact with Joseph yet so not sure what is going to happen yet. I had another query from some visitors wanting to know if the tulip bulbs were left in the ground or lifted…apparently there are 15000 bulbs so no one is lifting anything! Enjoy the sunshine whilst it lasts! Best wishes.


      • Hello Marianne,
        Thanks for that – will be interesting to see what happens with the bees then. I only spotted a single honeybee on a flower when we were there. We were wondering about the tulips, and how he manages to get the colour scheme working next year, with so many different types.
        A good job he’s got lots of helpers with that number to plant!
        I saw today that we’ve had the most frosts this year for nearly 70 years, and they’re saying it’s getting colder for the bank holiday….Brrrr… but the sunshine has been fab, hasn’t it?
        best wishes

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      • lletty Says:

        Thanks Julian I’ll have to find out how the colour scheme is managed…it all looked quite beautiful this year. Not many bees around considering we’ve had the hot afternoons and lots of dandelions and flowers in bloom to entice them out. Even our roof bees are quite quiet…hope they stay that way! Some are already in our bedroom..think they’ve crept in today to keep warm! Such a change in temperature today…stay warm and take care! Best wishes


  3. I enjoyed your visits to Newton House, Aberglasney Garden and Porthcawl, Marianne. And your garden is looking beautiful! Look like there is a lot of work going on there.

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    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading Sue. I’m so pleased that we have been able to go out and visit places now. This week even pubs can serve drinks and food outside. Life is resuming but there is definitely an after effect to all the lockdowns. Some people are cautious and taking things slowly whilst others tend to think it’s all over and trying to resume life full on. I’m in between! I don’t want to go back to the rather busy life I was leading with all the clubs and groups I belonged to. I’m picking and choosing those that give me greatest pleasure without the hassle! Now I’ve made my mind up I feel more relaxed and in control again and it is giving me time to enjoy the gardening and my art and craft. Hope you are feeling back on track too.x

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