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August 30 Dinefwr, Hafod Estate, Aberglasney, Oldham! August 30, 2021

See the curtains hanging in the window,

In the evening on a Friday night

A little light shining through the window,

Let’s me know everything’s alright

Summer breeze, makes me feel fine,

Blowing through the jasmine in my mind.

I’ve been humming this song for the last few weeks as the sun came out and there was better news about a family worry. It’s been a busy time with a lovely Walking Well Walk around Dinefwr. The day was none too bright but the company made up for that with sparkling chat and coffee and cake outside Newton House at the end of the walk.

The walkers met at the top of the entrance drive to Dinefwr and walked through the fields up to the castle where the views stretch out along the Towy Valley. In the distance the ruin of Dryslwyn Castle stands atop the next rocky hilltop.

After enjoying a walk from the castle through the woods and along the board walk we ended up near Newton House passing on our way a new garden enterprise set up in the old ticket office- more wonderful plants to tempt one!

Another long day’s drive took us through the beautiful heart of Wales, the centre of Manchester ( the satnav went wrong!!) and to our destination Oldham. We were collecting some car parts. We enjoy the visit as the workshop is packed full of old cars, machinery and everything old, however, the journey seems to take longer every time we go!

Finding a shorter journey for a day out we drove to the Hafod Estate, near Aberystwyth. Although it was a drizzly, damp day we had a wonderful visit.

The Hafod Estate was designed in the late eighteenth century by Thomas Johnes and it soon became an essential destination for visitors touring Wales in search of “wild nature”.

The area was all ‘ picturesque’ and quite beautiful. There were many walking trails but we chose ‘The Lady’s Walk’ as it passes waterfalls, fields, streams and it was the ‘less strenuous’. It was a great walk and most enjoyable, however, we should have noted that if we walked downhill to the river there was a possibility that somewhere along the line there would be an uphill stretch! We found it- right at the end! Jim’s knees were squealing!! However, after the climb back to the car, from the bottom of the ravine, and a chocolate and coffee from the flask, we both warmed up and started planning our next visit here!

I loved all the heather…can you tell!

I loved the church, the woods, the river, the sheep baaarring the way and the waterfalls too!

Half way back up the hill from the waterfall- it was a long climb but worth it!!

Of course, visits to Aberglasney must be included in my posts. The Gardens have looked stunning throughout the summer and amaze visitors with the colour and splendour of all the plants in the borders.

There are also added attractions as every Sunday the Bonsai Group meet in the Piggeries and share their knowledge with any interested visitor.

There are art and craft exhibitions held in the mansion throughout the summer. The latest exhibition is stunning…as always: Andrew Douglas-Forbes and Rhian Nest James

Back home the garden has run the rest of my life! So much to do, mowing the grass, cutting back, but most of all enjoying the summer breeze!

It’s good to share the garden with little friends!

The ‘fernery’ looks bright and colourful in the summer!

The Pond Field has become too overgrown and my lawn mower won’t cut it all as the buttercups have taken over! I’ve done the best that I can though!

Lots more field to do and lots more garden to enjoy!

Hope your summer is breezing along happily too. Thank you for reading.

 

November 15 Dinefwr Walk Aberglasney November 16, 2019

Snow, hail, rain, wind, – you name it we’ve had it thrown at us through the week but today dawned bright and dry and just a faint cold blast, so onwards and upwards I set off for Home Farm, Dinefwr to meet up with all the Walking Well gang. We set off through the park at a steady rate, just trying to keep warm, and headed off up an old track. Philip stopped half way along the track and told us that we were walking on the old road that had once connected Carmarthen and Llandeilo.

Following up this lovely bit of history we walked on past the white cattle who were having their lunch in their wonderful sheds.

Just a little way on there was a movement in the field and a herd of deer ran out of cover into the open before they disappeared again under some trees.

The track continued past the ice house, a cold, bleak little building…one, I think, that would have been quite spooky to enter in olden days!

There were a number of old trees that had either fallen in the winds or been cut down purposely to clear an area. Thankfully some of the larger tree trunks were being put to great use and carved into benches.

Taking a detour away from our usual walk around the park we headed off the site and entered Penlan Park, which adjoins the main park. The path curved up the hill towards the bandstand.

Standing in the bandstand offered lovely views over all of Llandeilo and the beautiful hills around. The church that looks large when near it seemed quite small when viewed from above.

Now standing at the top of the hill meant that a downward path had to be followed to enter the park again. This proved to be rather slippy with all the wet autumn leaves but it was fine.

On reaching the bottom we passed by Llandyfeisant church, https://www.llandeilo.org/ch_llandyfeisant.html where there was a large tree growing with shiny black berries which stood out amongst all the autumn colour.

We continued on towards Newton House where we enjoyed a delicious coffee and cake…I loved my chocolate brownie! Thank you Philip for a really lovely walk.

Dinefwr Castle

Earlier in the week I had really enjoyed a workshop with Carole Spackman https://www.carolespackmanceramics.co.uk…making a pottery owl! My owl and others is at this time being fired in Carole’s kiln…looking forward to seeing ‘my heirloom’!

The workshop was held in Llanwrtyd Wells Heritage Centre http://history-arts-wales.org.uk…a unique building with many interesting things to see. Currently it’s decked out for a Victorian Christmas and showing some wonderful art work.

I enjoy visiting Llanwrtyd Wells ( home of bog snorkeling etc!) .

Last weekend a painting group that I belong to held their Open Day in the church hall where we paint. It was a wonderfully happy occasion sharing the fun and enjoyment that we all get out of painting.

My weekly visit to Aberglasney, on Sundays, gives me a chance to walk around the gardens and enjoy the changing seasons. This autumn the colours have been brilliant.

A Bonsai Group has recently started using a room in the Piggeries, in the Gardens, as a working place on a Sunday so it’s another enjoyable addition to visit them too.

Back at home the weather has stopped any gardening as the whole place is sodden! However, the early morning walks with Rufus around the garden are still very enjoyable, even if he is a show off!

Even Rufus couldn’t quite believe his eyes when it snowed the other evening!

Thank you for reading. I hope the weather is improving where ever you are.

 

 
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