It’s the Autumn Equinox, the first official day of Autumn and the perfect day to go on a Walking Well Walk in Llandovery. Kim, the leader, met us all outside Llandovery Railway Station before we set off over the fields alongside the river Towy for a circular walk. The weather was unexpectedly warm so jumpers and jackets were soon being taken off and tied around waists.
The views across the valley were really lovely. Everyone was in a happy mood as we had been told that the walk was flat with only one stile!
After crossing some fields we arrived at the stile which led the path onto the Dolauhirion Bridge- a grade 1 listed building. The bridge had been built in 1773 and then had been the main coach road linking Llandovery and Lampeter. We all enjoyed the view of the river from the bridge. We continued our walk along the country lanes until we came to the site of an enormous oak trunk that in 1900 had a girth of 20 ft!
After walking around the trunk we continued our walk. We crossed over the swing bridge having another look at the River Towy before we arrived back at the station. Some of us continued on to the West End Cafe for a coffee and cake! It was a delightful walk in excellent company. Many thanks Kim – a super walk!
On a visit to Aberglasney it was a surprise to find the pool was lacking water! Someone must have pulled the plug out! The fault was soon rectified and the gardeners decided to take the opportunity to thin out the lilies whilst the water level was low. It was interesting to see a little island in the centre.
A walk around the garden afterwards was very enjoyable as there was lots to see and enjoy.
Back home the garden continues to keep me occupied…a lot! There is so much cutting down to do and so many autumn jobs to complete but it’s still enjoyable and long may it last! The sunshine has brought out more butterflies and insects but numbers still down from previous years. There are abundant apples, crab apples and pears on the trees all waiting to be picked and stored!
Every morning when I take Rufus out for his walk I marvel at the wonderful view I have across the fields looking towards the Carmarthen Fans. Obviously every day the weather changes and the view across to the hills is sometimes in sunshine, sometimes rain, sometimes no view at all but now in the autumn there are low mists swirling along the valley bottom but leaving the hill tops exposed…all amazingly beautiful. Sadly, my camera can’t capture these scenes very well…please use your imagination!
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