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January 28 Mynydd Mawr Walk -Aberglasney and Botanic Garden of Wales Visits January 28, 2023

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A brighter but still chilly day was perfect for our Walking Well Walk around Mynydd Mawr Woodland Park led by Malcolm. We all set off down the footpath leading to the park passing a very interesting post which held all the necessary tools to mend a cycle!

Anyway we didn’t need to choose any of these tools.. a post holding cups of hot coffee and cakes would have been of more use!

We followed the track over the old colliery land and although parts of the path were rather muddy we were a very jolly group.

The paths led over some ponds and then along a boardwalk before we looped back through a woodland alongside a river.

It was a very enjoyable walk with different terrains and lots to enjoy. A wonderful regeneration of the old colliery land for walkers, cyclists and all to enjoy.

We ended the walk at a bakery, on a local retail park, where I enjoyed a delicious coffee, fruit pancake and bought a huge sausage roll to take home for Jim’s lunch …all for less than £4! Bargain! Thank you Malcolm for a great walk and company.

Being a member of the Botanic Garden of Wales brings many benefits and one is the members’ coffee mornings . We went to the first meeting of the year led by the curator, who gave an illustrated talk providing an overview of a modern botanic garden and the projects currently underway at the Garden.

One of the things he explained was how they have planted a new orchard. The process takes three grafts! One root stock, one ‘trunk’ stock which is later added to with another top graft meaning that the tree can grow and fruit much earlier. With this in mind after the talk we found the new orchard and will keep watch on all the grafts as they take place!

Aberglasney Gardens have a lovely display in the mansion of photos by Nigel McCall. His photographs have won many national prizes- they are amazing! Sorry my photo of his photos is so rubbish!

Elsewhere in the garden the new Head Gardener has planted some rhododendron bushes in the wood area.

The daffodils are blooming beautifully in the borders as are the hellebores and the cornus and all watched over by the Head Robin!

It’s hard to believe the different weather that we have had over the last weeks. There were more floods over the Towy Valley causing roads and land to be flooded.

Stopping on a bridge to take the above photos there was an interesting lichen on the top of the stones and in the distance there were herons to be seen.

My fascination with the Carmarthen Fans seen from our garden continues with photos of the hills during the different weather conditions. Also some amazing sunrises we have had recently.

In the garden there has been ice, frost, water, birds and flowers!!

For Ukraine. I’m delighted that my mum and grandmother’s fur coats have at last found a use! They have been sent to Ukraine by a wonderful organisation that is sending warm clothes to help in Ukraine.

Thank you for reading. Hope you all stay warm or cold , which ever is best for you wherever you live, and stay safe.


7 Responses to “January 28 Mynydd Mawr Walk -Aberglasney and Botanic Garden of Wales Visits”

  1. Another interesting, if muddy, walk. And some lovely shots from Aberglasney and your garden. What a great way to repurpose your mother’s and grandmother’s fur coats. I’m sure they’ll be much appreciated.

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    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading. The walk was enjoyable but as you saw some parts were very muddy. The coffee and pancake at the end made up for it though! I’m pleased that the coats will hopefully help someone to stay warm- it’s such a dire situation in Ukraine.

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  2. tootlepedal Says:

    The garden pictures are a delight as are the views over the hills. Your walks do often seem to be muddy in places. You must have a good pair of boots.

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    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading. Just like I enjoy the views over your hills I’m fascinated by the changing views over our hills . They are never the same from one minute to the next. It makes life interesting just to watch them changing! I’ve been to the top of our hills once a few years ago and I’d like to try again this year! I’ll have to get into training though!! No more mincemeat pinwheels!


  3. Clive Says:

    Thanks Babs.
    It’s staggering the variation in life that you find and display so beautifully.
    I can remember the fur coats – we used to try them on.

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    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading Clive. I hope you didn’t mind about the coats! Nobody would be able to wear them these days due to the anti fur agenda but I’m sure they’ll be helpful in Ukraine to keep someone warm. It’s funny how I can still remember Nana and mum wearing them too!


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