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December 30 th Black Mountain Quarry, Aberglasney December 30, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — lletty @ 8:20 pm

Oh, the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Just sit down and read below!

Just before Christmas there were a few dry, sunny but chilly days and we made the most of them by going out! We piled in the car and drove through Llangadog and up the windy roads, climbing higher and higher, up the Black Mountain, until we reached the first car park. The views over the Towy Valley from here are spectacular- especially on a clear day! The cloud bank over the distant hills slowly moved closer but we gave it the evil eye and it stayed away!

Driving further up the mountain we arrived at the next car park where there was a display board explaining the history of the landscape and the story behind the quarries, where limestone was quarried years ago.

Being keen to visit the quarry, I followed a path, over the lunar like landscape, to the top of the hill, by myself. The views continued to be amazing but the chill wind started to blow more strongly and the quarry loomed ahead huge, desolate and intimidating. I wished that I wasn’t alone!

Safely, back in the car we drove down the road off the hill and stopped at yet another carpark and enjoyed the wonderful views towards Carreg Cennen Castle.

Carreg Cennen Castle

Back at home the birds and other creatures keep giving pleasure! Well some of them! It’s always this time of year when the squirrels invade the garden and try to steal all the bird seed or indeed the feeders too! I have put cages around other seed feeders but this one I just rigged up an old hanging basket to cover the feeder. The goldfinches kept a very beady eye on the feeder but it didn’t keep the squirrels from having their fill of the seed!

The mice also help themselves, hopefully, it will make them too fat to climb the walls and get in our loft …again!

I was out in the garden at exactly the right time to witness a buzzard preening and sunning himself. He sat quite majestically on the top branch of our lime tree. The really top branch had been felled in Storm Arwen! This is his favourite position overlooking our pond field. I felt quite honoured to see it all! Too many photos but can’t decide which to leave out!

When it’s sunny of course a visit to Aberglasney is expected! The Ninfarium is awash with gorgeous orchids and the house, the parterre and the cloisters all look their best in the winter sunshine.

The coffee and sandwiches are pretty brilliant too!

Our garden has lots of interesting happenings! Signs of spring with the hellebores appearing and shoots of snowdrops poking their heads through the leaf litter. Next door’s lovely cat and sheep in the field check me along their drive…all those eyes following my movements… any food around?!

Thank you for reading this post. It’s the last one for 2021! Looking back the year has definitely had its ups and downs. Our visits out, my garden, my painting and my family and friends all bring me great enjoyment. This year our visit to see our son and his family in Canada in October was a highlight. Recovering from operations and treatment for cancer he’s on the mend!

Writing these posts is also very enjoyable- it gives me a reason to keep taking all those photos! It also keeps me in touch with all the wonderful visitors we welcome to Lletty Cottage- all our friends now.

So out with the old 2021 , in with the new 2022 : may you be happy the whole year through.

Happy New Year!


12 Responses to “December 30 th Black Mountain Quarry, Aberglasney”

  1. tootlepedal Says:

    You got some great views on your walk. The gardens at Aberglasney are most colourful. I had never heard of a ninfarium before. Having looked it up, I can see why. It sounds wonderful. Happy new year to you and yours.

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    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading. The views from the mountain are stunning especially when it’s a bright, sunny winter’s day.
      I love the planting in the Ninfarium as some of it changes through the year which gives opportunities for many photographs- as you may have noticed! I’m fortunate to live a short drive away from the mountains and the Gardens- but not like you in walking distance from your hills and mountains – which I envy! I look forward to continuing following your family way of life up there in Scotland in 2022 and wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.

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  2. Hello Marianne,
    What fabulous views from the mountain. Oh to live in West Wales, when the sun shines… Well whatever the weather really!
    Plus I love your close ups of the buzzard,
    Keep taking the photos and getting out and about, and we wish you both a very happy and healthy 2022,
    Julian and Fiona

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    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading Julian and Fiona thanks too for your good wishes. Let’s hope the New Year brings us more sunshine before I get webbed feet! Walked up to Paxton’s Tower today and saw the full extent of the flooding in the Towy Valley- really bad! The buzzard comes back regularly but not the sunshine- we are so fortunate to have this wonderful bird watching over us. Look forward to seeing your snowdrop photos soon ! Best wishes to you both for 2022.


  3. Eluned Says:

    Diolch Marianne, so glad to read that your son is on the mend. HWRE! All the best for 2022.

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  4. Hilary Lawrence Says:

    Wish I could have been walking with you through the quarry! We could have encouraged each other with misplaced confidence😆!

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    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading Hilary. I wish you could have been with me too at the quarry! Let’s hope we can get back together again in art very soon to support one another! Watch out on Sadwrn Art to see if there are any changes to opening up on January 10- just in case the new covid rules alter anything! Until then best wishes for a happy and healthy 2022!


  5. A slightly belated Happy New Year, Marianne. I enjoyed your trip to the quarry. Some amazing views around there and the castle. You have had quite a lot of visitors to your garden. It’s so cold here now that almost nothing is stirring outside and certainly nothing growing in the garden yet, which is why it’s so nice to see all your lovely pictures of the flowers at Aberglasney.

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    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading Sue. A visit to Aberglasney always cheers me up. The first little daffodils have opened in our garden here today and some little primroses are braving the cold frosty mornings and peeping through the long grass. These are the signs of better days to come for all of us. Hopefully, you’ll be seeing some spring signs too in the next weeks. I need cheering up as I’m in self isolation with covid and now my husband has caught it off me too! Watch out for sore throats, runny noses, headaches, tiredness…signs of omicron! I can still smell and taste everything and no cough! I have been so careful and don’t know where I caught it! Take care!

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      • I hope you and your husband will be feeling much better soon. I have been under the weather since the beginning of December with a nagging cough and have twice been for a Covid test but thankfully both negative. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the way we catch these things. My daughter and her husband are currently under quarantine for Covid. Hopefully there will be better days ahead for everyone. Take care, Marianne, and get well soon.


      • lletty Says:

        Thank you very much Sue. I hope you feel better soon and all your family too.

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