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November 18 Abergolech, Aberglasney and Arborists ! November 18, 2018

Amazingly  the weather stayed bright but chilly for our Walking Well Walk in Brechfa Forest, Abergolech. Driving through the narrow back lanes,  which were covered in fallen autumn leaves, was a lovely   way to get to Brechfa. It’s always a tricky decision around here…take the  main road  or go  cross country  and fingers crossed that you don’t meet a tractor coming towards you. Luckily, fortune was on our side and we followed a car in front and when we did meet an oncoming car pulling a  trailer  – it had to reverse as there were two of us and no  pull ins behind us!

A good crowd had turned up for the walk and we followed the leaders  up into the forest at a swift pace…kicking  up  all the leaves  on the way and enjoying the company of friends and their dogs.

Walking alongside the river  we  remarked how clear the water was as every  river stone was visible.   It looked so inviting…maybe a paddle if we come back in the summer!

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The walk was delightful  with the footpath threading through all the  trees  with their autumn leaves sailing to the ground, the river gurgling alongside and a Monet bridge just  inviting one to cross and play Pooh sticks!

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The path took a sharp turn up the hillside which was a bit strenuous  but we all made it to the top …some breathing more heavily than others!

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Some had even brought their dogs  to assist with the pulling!

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One could tell it was quite a damp area with the amount of moss growing on the trees and underfoot.

We crossed over the river again  to begin our trek back to the cars  and complete our circular walk.

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The paths through the forest are mainly for mountain bikes and runners  but we only saw one bike and no runners!

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At the end of the trail there was a wonderfully carved tree trunk.

As usual after our walk we headed for refreshments! The Black Lion in Llansawel was our destination where we were welcomed by a lovely landlady  and we  all enjoyed a drink …some had  small alcoholic ones but  we had delicious  large hot cappuccinos…yum!

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The village is obviously very proud of all its rugby players  and had a lovely display of photos of the players over the fireplace.

Not only does one have to cope with narrow lanes around here the villages also have traffic problems too!

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One can always rely that there will be a tractor in the mix somewhere!

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As I may have mentioned in my blog before we live near Aberglasney Gardens  and I visit there every Sunday as a volunteer but I also visit   other times in a week too…as I love it! After Art class this week my friend and I went there for lunch. Where else could you sit and get a view like that and a delicious meal too?

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After lunch we strolled through the garden and enjoyed the autumn colours.

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In the gardens there are many special aspects to enjoy: the Pool Garden

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The Yew Tunnel

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and now an oak tree that grows there has been found to be unique so  it has been named  Quercus ‘Aberglasney’!

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Over the last weeks we have had very varied weather to say the least! This included lots of heavy rain and wind. Sadly the wind caused problems with some trees in our garden  so we had to call on the professionals to help us out! Pro Climber from Llangadog are the ones to call if any work is needed on trees. They duly arrived and sorted our problems out straight away and left everywhere looking spick and span!

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Of course this meant lots of wood chippings…hurrah …I can use mountainfuls (not sure that’s a word!) …I should be careful what I wish for!!! Steaming away in the morning mist!

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We also have a lots of logs  and Rufus was very interested in counting them all! We can now use the wood store again as I’d banned Jim from putting anything in there whilst the swallows had their nests in the eaves!

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It’s not long until the Aberglasney Winter Fair November 30-December 2. Their holly trees are getting in the spirit already!

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Christmas is coming! Our grandchildren have their stockings up already!!!!!!

 

November 21 Walks and Out and Abouts November 21, 2016

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Another beautiful day for a walk. We have been so fortunate to have dry, bright but cold  days for gadding about on our local walks. The recent walk was near home and just a couple of miles drive away in Llangadog. We parked up on the bridge, next to  the common overlooking the Sawdde river.

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DSC06823.jpgWe started our walk crossing the common and followed one of the many tracks  to get to the river Towy, passing some lovely properties on the way.

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When we reached the Towy , after ploughing our way through some very muddy, sticky goo, we could see the railway bridge not far away which also has a pedestrian footpath. This walk though we took the other direction  after enjoying the views of the river and apparently the old ford crossing.

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We said, `Hello’  to some fine and interested horses who I’m sure would have accompanied us on our walk if there wasn’t a fence in the way!

DSC06864.jpg                                                Another ‘friend’ we had to leave behind!

DSC06860.jpgThese hips are just right for Christmas decorations or as a subject for a painted Christmas card- I left them untouched, although  I would have loved a few branches!

DSC06870 (2).jpgWe continued down a new track passing  some beautiful old buildings   until we came to another farm with more ‘friends’. One playing hide and seek!

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Many of the trees have lost their leaves by now as some days we have had quite strong winds and frosty nights but some oak trees have held onto their foliage and look beautiful in the autumn light.

DSC06880.jpgOur circular walk was nearly over except for a walk through a field with a herd of cows. Every walk has to have a bit of excitement and the cows nearly provided that! They were very interested in us   and started trotting but we all managed to cross the field safely before their interest was satisfied!

DSC06888.jpgThe lovely walk ended at our house with coffee and biscuits and a general chat  about putting the world to right!

 

Jim and I  enjoyed our annual visit to Picton Castle for their  fantastic Victorian Christmas weekend. There is a food marquee and many stalls in the castle itself  and outside to wander around and enjoy and spend those pennies! The castle is brilliantly decorated with every room having a superb Christmas tree in it and with the  accompanying sound of the violins playing in the background – it really is the start of the festivities.

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Nothing induces Jim to come  shopping with me but a No VAT Sunday at Machine Mart in Swansea is a sure way to galvanise some  shopping action! After we had purchased  some VIP tools we could set off for my treat! My mum and dad lived in the Mumbles so I love visiting and remembering happy times spent there. Its an idyllic seaside village which is now a thriving busy place for shoppers, visitors  and all who enjoy the sea views, the lighthouse, the RNLI station, the walks and  the food!

This  view of Mumbles is  from the  coastal walk  which was the  route  of the Mumbles Railway which closed in the last century.

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DSC06762.jpgDSC06770.jpgA visit to the life boat station is a must   when visiting Mumbles. The walk along the pier to reach the station has become rather tricky with just a small path allowed with barriers either side  to keep you walking  along the middle of the pier where the planks look firmer!  Don’t look down or to the side!! The walk is well worth it though when you see the magnificent lifeboat on call at all times to save  everyone in trouble at sea.

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The views from  the pier over the lighthouse  are just beautiful.

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To end our Mumbles day out we enjoyed  a meal at Verdi’s Ice Cream Parlour and Restaurant- Italian cooking and hospitality at its best!

I’m missing the next walk as it’s the same day as the Aberglasney Winter Fair ( December 2, 3 and 4)  and I’m helping on the mulled wine! I love it!

 

 

 

 
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