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August 21 Busy Times! August 21, 2016

DSC05503-1It’s Summer and that means getting out and about  and enjoying  all the events and visits before autumn creeps in!

A week ago I joined the Walking Well Group for Carmarthenshire http://www.walkingwellcarmarthenshire.org.uk/ to keep fit ( as well as  all my gardening)  whilst Jim’s knee gets stronger! We met at Llandeilo railway station and walked up to Dinefwr Castle , back through the water meadows  and returned to the station via The Vintage Café  for a coffee and cake! It was a thoroughly enjoyable walk with lovely companions so I’m looking forward to the next walk this Friday.

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Dinefwr Castle Llandeilo

DSC05449-1My legs started to ache on the last hill up through Llandeilo!

Later in the week, we spent a very enjoyable time on a visit to a friend’s house, where plants were for sale and  delicious nibbles and drinks on offer. She  will be opening her  plant nursery here next year so it was  lovely to visit her home and cross the  river  into her beautiful garden via a bridge ! There were no trolls under it!



DSC05475Visiting another pal, Jayne Russell,  at her wonderful exhibition in Aberglasney Gardens http://aberglasney.org/exhibitions/  was another  delightful excursion out.

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With the damp weather the grass keeps growing and the plants need extra tending but another trip out was on our agenda….to Birmingham…don’t ask!

The high point was the amazing new station – it really was magnificent!

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DSC05540-1Unexpectedly, we discovered a Welsh chapel in the centre of Birmingham!


This week it was Show Time! Llansadwrn Show is a jolly affair  when the community gathers together   to share their interests and to enter items for   judging in many different categories.

Photos, paintings and  plants were some of my entries  as  the other categories are too hard for me! There are some very talented cooks,  florists, vegetable growers, stick makers, jam makers , needle women and more in our village so  it is  great to wander around the marquee and enjoy  everyone’ s  entries.

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As expected in a country show there were a number of horses and sheep around!

As well as visiting places we’ve welcomed some lovely visitors to the cottage. It’s such a pleasure to meet new and ‘old’ visitors. The visitors last week have been coming to the cottage for eight  or is it nine years…who can tell when you are having fun!

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This week our family are staying  and our first port of call today was the Botanic Gardens of Wales. There was a Woodcraft exhibition on  in the dome and some truly amazing wood carvings  on display. The borders were a delight to see.

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The Great Glasshouse was as magnificent as ever but the highlight for our grandson was the visit to the Butterfly House. He loved it ….as  did we!




June 12 2015 Aberglasney Gardens June 12, 2015

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I know! I know! I’m always writing  or posting  photos somewhere about Aberglasney Gardens. Why? Because I cannot believe how many folk still haven’t visited them and  enjoyed the  most amazing garden experience that one could wish for. It is the finest garden in Wales…I say!

Recently I  was fortunate enough  to spend a  couple of days away visiting gardens in Gloucestershire. The various gardens had  beautiful features, different historical backgrounds and wonderful plantings  and indeed they were all a joy to visit . However, when I returned to Aberglasney last weekend it was like returning home. The Gardens have a definite special atmosphere  and are truly outstanding.

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I took these photos on Sunday. They do not show the  borders in full bloom, the unusual plants, the Ninfarium, the Sunken Garden, the wood, the pool, the café, the rose arbour, the Cloister Garden…I could go on…best thing is …visit  and see it for yourself.

I rest my case!


September 26 David Cowdry at Aberglasney September 26, 2011

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The last art exhibition of the year at Aberglasney ends with a gallery of superb paintings by David Cowdry.

 Last week there was a wonderful exhibition by Wendy Powell-Jones, David Bellamy, Jenny Keal and Anthony Richards. More details about their paintings can be found here: http://www.cornerhouse-gallery.co.uk/

Visitors enjoying a David Cowdry painting


Paintings exhibited in the Mansion House


Amazing painting of Red Kites and starlings being admired by visitor


Just wonderful!

After a magical tour of David’s exhibition enjoy a walk around the gardens. The Autumn colour is magnificent.

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Autumn crocus

Colour in the walled garden

Oranges still growing on the trees on the parterre.

 Last but certainly not least  visit the shop….do you know you can go to the Aberglasney  shop without paying entrance fees into the garden!
They are just beginning to get their Christmas gifts organised…yesterday I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some items…..can’t wait to go Christmas shopping there…..Advent calendars like princess castles, door stops like Christmas puds, fantastic Christmas ornaments.
But David Cowdry’s paintings are just the top of my Christmas present list!

Wouldn't you just love to unwrap this fantastic painting on Christmas Day!


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