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December 17 Aberglasney, Christmas Lights, Visit to Brecon, Telegraph Garden Centre December 17, 2021

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Only eight more sleeps until the day!

How often in the past when our children were small did we have to count down these last nights with their growing anticipation and excitement building with every hour. Now we are just quietly enjoying a wonderful visit from our daughter and family for a weekend of relaxation and catch up – all of course proceeded by lateral flow tests before we sink into days of reading, walking and eating…our Christmas days have really changed! ! What a strange world we are living in now!

Our garden is also quietly dying back into its winter slumber. The recent storms have caused many trees and bushes to be uprooted but all is quiet now. The only sound in the garden are the birds flocking to the feeders, the sheep baaing in distant fields and the wind rustling the few leaves left on the trees.

Every morning the bullfinch and jays join our breakfast scrabble at the bird table with the sparrows, chaffinches, gold fiches, green finches, blue tits, nuthatches and recently joined there by the long tailed tits….but can I get a decent photo…no! The mistle thrush, however, sat calmly and beautifully on the fence so I could focus and snap away! I think it was very full of the crab apples that it had just eaten off the trees!

The squirrel in our garden from my grand father’s home is slowly being taken over by moss- another job to wait until the spring!

Morning walks with Rufus are still lovely even when it’s frosty and freezing or wet and rainy but especially when the sun rises are brilliant and bright.

A visit to Aberglasney is always included in a week and a walk around the gardens collecting foliage for flower arrangements is always a pleasure. A stroll through the greenhouse is also very enjoyable and a place to keep warm on a cold and frosty day.

We enjoyed a quick drive out to Brecon to visit their market. It was all very quiet in town and hardly the buzz one would expect just a week before Christmas. We walked around the lovely town and enjoyed looking at all the decorations in the shop windows and had a very tasty veggie soup in a bookshop plus cafe! Everyone had made such a great effort to brighten the town up. We called into the wonderful museum/library. It was only a quick visit as the heating was on in the building and wearing face masks we both became too hot!!

We are very fortunate that the new Telegraph Garden Centre is open just down the road from us. There’s also a great cafe there too…amazing cakes! So it’s no surprise that a weekly visit there is also on the cards and a joy to see all their Christmas trees and plants all displayed and ready to buy!

Our Llansadwrn village has come out blazing with lights again for Christmas. It all looks very festive especially the decorations in the church porch.

Back home our decorations are up and memories refreshed about some of the decorations. Some belonged to my parents and some have been given to us recently and some long ago by friends. The Babycham Bambis belonged to my mum also the tin candles and bell…. she loved them!

Well it’s time to wish everyone who reads this post (especially QSP in USA) a very special Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year, wherever you are.

I know we all hope for a better year next year and I’m sure it will be!

Thank you for reading and see you in 2022!!


13 Responses to “December 17 Aberglasney, Christmas Lights, Visit to Brecon, Telegraph Garden Centre”

  1. tootlepedal Says:

    What a lovely post from start to finish. You have a very good selection of bird visitors but i sympathise with the problems of trying to catch the long tailed tits. They are tricky to photograph. However, there are so many other enjoyable pictures in this post that I didn’t miss them. It was impossible to pick a favourite.

    I hope that you have a happy Christmas if we don’t see you in another post before then.

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    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading and for your lovely comment. Just this morning I think I’ve managed the best photo yet of a jay but still more patience needed to capture the long tailed tits! Maybe I should stick to photos of flowers, trees, landscapes or fungi…they don’t move! Good to read your cold is improving- hope you are fully recovered by the Christmas weekend so you can enjoy all the festivities fully! Happy Christmas to you both and hope the New Year brings health, happiness and continued blog posting and garden creations.


  2. Marie and Mark Dommett Says:

    Hi avert merry Christmas to you both and a happy new year. Mark and Marie. Hopefully we will get to see you in the new yearx

    Liked by 1 person

    • lletty Says:

      Thank you Marie and Mark for reading. You are always welcome here and it would be wonderful to catch up with you both at anytime . Best wishes for the festive season and 2022 x


  3. Marie Evans Says:

    Some marvellous photographs once again Marianne. Such talent with words as well.
    Enjoy your Christmas and we will meet up in the New Year.

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  4. Eluned Says:

    Diolch Marianne, Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda to you both. Enjoy your family xxxx

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  5. Hello Marianne,
    A very colourful and festive post, and lovely to see all you Christmas decorations up. Not quite up there with “Nana Baubles” from Swansea !, but then I bet she hasn’t got Babycham Bambis! A very Happy Christmas to you both,
    Julian & Fiona

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    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading Julian. Our Christmas decorations are getting fewer and fewer every year. Only put them up this year as the family was visiting over the weekend! We all enjoyed a visit and a light lunch at Aberglasney in near perfect weather conditions. Seeing the Garden through their eyes was wonderful- they loved it all. Happy Christmas to you two too! Best wishes Marianne

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  6. A great shot of the thrush, Marianne. It looks like you had plenty of good opportunities for Christmas shopping on your daily travels. And I love all your pretty decorations. Very best wishes to you and your family for Christmas and the New Year.

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    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading Sue and thank you for your Christmas good wishes. We send you the same and hope that we can all have a much better and ‘normal’ year in 2022. Best wishes Marianne


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