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December 13 Cwmdu Walk, Brecon Christmas in Llansadwrn. December 14, 2019

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I couldn’t quite believe my eyes when looking out the window this morning. It wasn’t raining! It was windy and chilly but dry for our Walking Well Walk in Cwmdu! After a late last evening watching election results on the TV and sampling a tasty whiskey it was rather a slow start!

Our ‘resident’ pheasant joined Rufus and I on our morning walk. He’s never quite sure which way to go!

Thirty three walkers assembled in the carpark at Cwmdu ready to start the walk… could it be the promise of a tasty, delicious cawl cooked by Lewis and ably assisted by Philip and Malcolm that awaited everyone at the end of the walk that brought so many out….or was the sunshine and the promise of a good chat with everyone… a bit of all these things I think!

We fairly marched along the road in front of the pub as we set off …trying to get our fingers and toes warm again and ready for the walk ahead. The recent rain had made the rivers quite boisterous as the water headed down stream to join other tributaries.

We followed the path at the side of the river for a little way before we headed up hill through the fields. There were some good views over the valley below but hedges kept getting in the way!

Walking and talking is the best part of our walks and can take your mind off the hill in front and whether your legs are going to make it to the top!!

The walk had a lot of ups:

downs:

plenty of interest in between:

more downs:

with the huge excitement of a glimpse of a blue sky before it disappeared:

Blue sky for those who haven’t seen it for a long time!

ups and downs finished to make way for an across!

The result of our latest windy weather could be seen in the wind damaged trees and the muddy paths!

Spirits were kept high all through the walk. We hastened towards the pub passing some lovely buildings in the village and a wonderful wise owl ornament which pointed the way .

As we approached the inn the aroma of the awaiting cawl drifted out of the door and soon drew us in. The fire was glowing, the Christmas tree lights were on and the food was fantastic. Hand made bread rolls, cheese, veggie and meat cawl, butter, three choices of amazing puddings and coffee. Just the most perfect Christmas feast ever….and all sitting with the best of friends. Finally Lewis presented Philip with a gift and card from all the walkers to thank him for all his hard work through the year. Brilliant!

Next walk December 27th …all welcome.

Clean plates says it all! Thank you chefs!

Earlier in the week we visited Brecon for a morning out. It was very wet and windy but we enjoyed a walk around the festive market.

We stopped off at an art gallery where we sat and enjoyed a cup of coffee and cake! We discovered that the museum, which has been closed for some time had very recently opened so off we went! The ‘old’ museum building has been ‘joined’ to a brand new building housing a library, updated museum area and art gallery space. It was all rather lovely and enjoyable.

Father Christmas always visits Llansadwrn early so he can take the Christmas present lists from all the children before he goes shopping!

Our village pub The Sexton Arms was a hub of activity for his visit. We are very fortunate to have such a lovely pub to visit.

Back home the pheasant still doesn’t know which way to go!

However the birds certainly know where their food is! We have so many blue tits, great tits and marsh tits visiting . They love their coconuts!

We have had some lovely sunsets lately.

Also some strange sightings in the valley!

A strange sight

After another burst of light it rose higher and higher before drifting off out of sight. Hope it got home before the dark!

A visit to Aberglasney always means a friendly welcome from one of their resident robins as soon as one pulls up in the car! He is definitely a Christmas robin!

Thank you for reading.

Hope you have a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful 2020.

 

 
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