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February 3rd Paxton’s Tower and Salem Walks February 3, 2022

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Weeks ago BC…Before Coronavirus….I went on a walk with Llandeilo Walking Well Group up to

Paxton’s Tower which is a folly erected in honour of Lord Nelson by Sir William Paxton in the 1800’s.

The tower has magnificent views along the Towy Valley but on the day of the walk these views were shrouded in mist, rain and drizzle. We were a jolly bunch getting up the hill to the tower and could see the valley and all the floods too. Well worth the climb.

The walk continued down through woodland glades that had felt the force of the latest storms. It was wet underfoot but a really enjoyable walk .

There was a bit of scrambling over fallen tree trunks and a careful eye kept over some big branches overhead but we all made it back to our cars in one piece!

We even discovered a bee hive…with bees flying to and fro. Proves it wasn’t that chilly just fresh! Thank you Pam for a great walk.

Our most recent walk was through the fields and byways around Salem, a pretty village in the Towy Valley. We met at The Angel Inn car park and set off up the road. There were more walkers than previous months and hopefully that’s a sign that everyone is trying to get back to normal in their activities.

The weather rather let us down as again it was rainy, drizzly and damp! We knew somewhere along the walk we would pass a wind turbine but it was hard to see anything far ahead or indeed close to!

We knew we were getting closer and closer and out of the gloom suddenly it appeared…quite spooky as it whirred around in the murk!

A rustle in the fields bordering the road stopped us in our tracks! Wales is the land of dragons and witches and we weren’t sure what we could see …it was all very eerie and mystical!

The mystical creature.

Thank goodness there are some very sensible people on our walk and they pointed out to me that in the next field there was an alpaca…so mystery solved! I was hoping for something to challenge the Loch Ness Monster!

Funnily enough on our circular walk we ended back at The Angel where we all enjoyed some light refreshments. Thank you Biddy for a great walk.

Jim and I set out on a local walk around Llandovery. Again the weather changed our ideas as it began to rain heavily so our short walk was even shorter!

We were pleased to find that they have used us as a template for their road sign!

The river was about to get even wetter with the rain and this wonderful old house- Ty-Ficar Pritchard, stands proud in all weathers.

Ty-Ficar Pritchard Llandovery

Of course no post could pass without a mention of Aberglasney Gardens.. Spring is starting to bloom in the gardens with drifts of snowdrops under the magnolia trees and clumps of daffodils with their nodding heads at the entrance to the carpark.

The sculptures by David Petersen really stand out in the spring sunshine.

Back home the borders are beginning to fill up with flowering snowdrops all the way down one side of the drive , hellebores and the wonderful heather just keeps on going …love it!

The lichen, toadstools are everywhere and the scarlet elfcups are very showy amongst the fallen branches and leaf litter.

Best of all though the crocus have flowered this week to bring an even brighter splash of colour to the border.

This burst of excitement was followed by another when the Canada Geese flew into the pond…. whole weeks earlier than last year! The long tailed tits are still visiting and long may that last!

Self isolation in January gave me a bit more time to complete another ‘book’! I enjoy watercolour painting and decided I’d put my paintings in a concertina book…only small 4 inches square..keeps me out of trouble! This ‘book’ is called…January…what a surprise!

So all in all a good start to February with more walks to look forward to and more plants flowering in the garden and more paintings to do!

Thank you for reading and hope you are all staying well. Try some art/craft work keeps one smiling and enjoying life even when it’s raining and cold outside!

View from garden when taking Rufus his morning walk

10 Responses to “February 3rd Paxton’s Tower and Salem Walks”

  1. Lynda North Says:

    I love your little book of your watercolour paintings. They are beautiful pictures. You are very talented.

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    • lletty Says:

      Hello Lynda thank you for reading and leaving a comment. I love making my little books as it’s a way of keeping paintings together and not just leaving them on paper doing nothing! They also give me a theme to work on which helps to inspire me to get on and paint something. So many ideas of things to paint but time just seems to disappear! Thank you again.


  2. Marie Evans Says:

    Another set of glorious photos Marianne and such a variety : from Paxton’s Tower to Salem. Llandovery, Aberglasney and home where you are surrounded by more of nature’s beauty.
    I’m glad you showed us your painting skills ; they are truly lovely.

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    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading and commenting Marie. We are fortunate to live in this area with so many wonderful places to visit on our doorstep! Pleased you like the January book! Maybe the first and last this year!! Best wishes


  3. Hello Marianne,
    Great to see you’re back to full speed – well blogging wise anyway! I was interested to se the tiny corner entrance to the hive the bees seemed to have been using. Plus lots of colours in the gardens and I love your painting book idea! Well done, and a very creative thing to do in January, in spite of your lurgy. Will you do one for each month of 2022? Now there’s a challenge for you. Plus a little bird told me we might be seeing you up here shortly??
    Anyway, best wishes

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    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading Julian. You are correct I am visiting your garden very soon…and I can hardly wait! Fingers crossed for sunshine. I took the photo of the bees just for you! There were quite a few bees foraging around the woods which was surprising as it was all very damp and the foliage all dead! I’ve started my February book already! Not sure I’ll manage to keep the paintings going though when the gardening starts in earnest. Looking forward to my visit. Best wishes Marianne

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      • Well that’s very kind of you to think of me and the bees!
        Really looking forward to seeing you up here, whatever the weather – I’m sure you’ll see a few changes from when you were last here!
        Good luck with February’s book… with everything else you get up to it’ll be a challenge, but just think of what you’ll have if you can keep going for the whole year… a unique record…
        Best wishes and see you quite soon. 😊😊Julian

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  4. tootlepedal Says:

    An excellent post. I am still waiting to see my first scarlet elfcup of the year. Your mystery monster was very intriguing.

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