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June 17 Gardens, Walk and Youngsters June 17, 2018

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Hope my brother, who lives  on the other side of the world, has a hole in one today to celebrate his birthday! He plays lots of golf! Whilst I walk, talk and garden to keep the joints working!

Our Walking Well Walk went well! Roz, the leader this week,  standing in for Philip, who’s on holiday, planned a lovely ramble around Cwmdu…this is actually Philip’s patch but he gave her permission!

First stop of the day was to let the horse through.

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We passed a lovely cottage and admired the range of foxgloves in their pretty garden.

 

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There were many other foxgloves to  be seen in the surrounding fields and also some derelict farm buildings just waiting to be restored.

 

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We walked up some hills that were quite tiring but it was well worth it for the beautiful views over the countryside

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Good to see some lovely wild flowers in the hedgerows  and pleased that the farmer managed to get his hay/silage cut before the wet weather came.

We were watched carefully  on our way  by a number of four legged friends.

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Some made their presence more noticeable than others!

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We ended our walk in the Cwmdu Pub. On Sunday afternoons during the summer one can have  Afternoon Tea there so we sampled the idea! The cakes were delicious! Thanks Roz for the lovely walk.

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The MOT on our car was due so we headed to Swansea to get it done. Every time we visit the Enterprise Park in Swansea we get lost…not sure how anyone knows where they are going! We find the lake and the ducks and then we know we are on the right road!

Whilst the car is being dealt with we walk  to Wyevale Garden Centre have a coffee and then walk around the lake spotting as many birds as possible.

Good news the car lives for another year!

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Last week I was asked to help at a National Garden Scheme Open Day at Gelli Mydog. The sun shone  and everyone came and enjoyed the  lovely gardens and the cream teas!  One of the owners of the garden is a greenskeeper so the lawns were immaculate…hope he never visits our garden!

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Calling into our local town, Llandovery, is always a treat, even in the rain.

It is sad to see most of the banks are now closed and their wonderful old buildings are now  up for sale.

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On the drive into town we called in to see the alpaca that are in our local nursery, Ystrad.  Such characters and so nosy  and very cuddly!

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I love our garden in June…it’s bursting with colour  and weeds!

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Love the  shapes of all the different leaves in the bog garden and the orchid in the mini meadow.

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Our bird feeders are busy even though it’s the summer! There are a number of unusual visitors eating the nuts!

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Being that time of year when mothers are showing their young how to use our garden and to make use of all that we supply. We have had a number of incidents !!

The silly baby squirrel was led by mum to the nuts and she explained all about the guard  and how it was meant to keep them out. Like many youngsters he knew best and then got stuck in the feeder and cried!! Mum tried to get him out after giving him one hell of a row but in the end Jim had to sort the problem out!

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The mummy woodpecker has also had a wayward offspring, who couldn’t hold onto the feeder so she had to ‘spoon’ feed it!!

Just love this expression…’You stupid boy!”

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Just a note of interest to anyone who gets a splinter. I had to visit the hospital this week as a garden splinter had lodged in my arm some weeks ago   and was going nasty! I had tried all the numerous remedies and even been on antibiotics. The  hospital consultant suggested an operation with general anaesthetic  to be arranged! On returning home I searched the internet again for suggestions  and found one saying that petrol jelly/vaseline would work…it did!!  I put the vaseline on and bandaged it up overnight and in the morning  half an inch of wood was sticking out!! Hooray, no operation  and I live to garden another day! Hope this remedy works for you too if you get a splinter…let me know!

 

December 30 Cwmdu Walk Talk and Eat December 30, 2017

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A lovely walk,organised by Philip, through the back lanes of Cwmdu and ending with a superb Christmas lunch in the pub is a great way to prolong the Christmas celebrations.

We set off from outside the pub, where there was an amazing willow reindeer and through the village over the little bridge admiring some of the lovely houses along the way.

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As it’s Christmas I want to be kind to Philip and not mention the muddy lane and deep puddles…but there were a few! After the mud we headed up a farm  track into the very bright morning sunshine. Again one shouldn’t complain about the sun after the miserable weather we’ve had but boy was it bright?!

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It was worth the climb to see the views that were being lit up by the blue skies and sunshine.

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After another fairly long climb we ‘dived’ back down into the valley  through  very wet fields passing some very wet sheep!

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It’s amazing how a blue sky cheers everyone up. It might have been the thought of the delicious spread that awaited us at the pub that made  everyone speed up on their way back!

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Back at the cosy pub we settled down and enjoyed the tastiest  bowl of lamb cawl (veggie option too!) and  home baked  flavourful sour dough  and crusty bread rolls. No photos of the cawl I ate it all up before I remembered!

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The desserts were equally scrumptious:    blackcurrant and vanilla bakewell tart  topped with banana ice-cream..(Lewis is a star baker!)  and   fairy tale meringue (Biddy baker!)

To finish the gourmet lunch off Bundt cake was served- totally yummy!

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We all had a brilliant time and Pip, the dog enjoyed herself too, keeping warm in front of the fire!

Thank you all!

Christmas at home is colourful ! It has been shared with the family and cats, Rufus is not usually allowed on the table but he enjoys having his photo taken!

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As we have only just discovered the joys of visiting Cynghordy viaduct we returned on Boxing Day with the family for another look!

Pooh sticks was played off the bridge and stones thrown into the ford…all good games for a boy!

We continued our trip out to the Sugar Loaf,  one of the many hills given that name  in Wales! It’s a short drive from the viaduct.

A short hike up a steep slope and one reaches the summit! Better views when the rain isn’t approaching!

Heading for home the rain, sleet and cold arrived so it was  declared we’d had  a great Boxing Day outing.  Sitting in front of the kitchen fire eating more mince pies  brought our day to an end  and another family Christmas over.

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Best wishes and Happy New Year everyone!

Thank you for reading, liking  and commenting through 2017. Roll on 2018!

 

 

September 19 Cwmdu Charity Bike Show September 19, 2016

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Lots of splendid, shiny bikes sitting in the sunshine  in the pretty village of Cwmdu last Saturday as everyone gathered for  the annual Charity Bike Show. The Show  raises  a great deal of money for local charities and this year they were supporting the Stroke Rehabilitation Equipment on the Gwenllian Ward at our local   General Hospital  in Glangwili.dsc06053-1It was a lovely afternoon out for all  with   great music to listen to, delicious food to eat  and  all those multi coloured bikes  to admire. Part of the fun is also people watching!

 

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Jim had a great afternoon chatting to  a pal from our village and admiring a bike named after him!!

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A hugely enjoyable afternoon ending with the sound of the bikes roaring off  for a scoot around the lanes!

 

 

 

 
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