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March 25 Llangadog Walk and Classic Car Show March 25, 2018

It wasn’t raining, it wasn’t snowing and it certainly wasn’t freezing cold so it must be Philip waving his magic wand again  to give our Walking Well group pleasant enough weather for our walk around Llangadog.

We all met on the bridge overlooking the Sawdde river.

DSC06770DSC06769We followed the road around the perimeter of the common where all the sheep roam freely  and passed through the village of Felindre into the fields beyond.

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There must be a new initiative to sign walks which are near the railway station  and the Heart of Wales line. Hopefully, these new signs, showing the Cynghordy  Viaduct   will help walkers to keep to the track and not get lost!

Passing  on through kissing gates…(no kissing allowed!) and through farmyards with cattle in barns and lambs in fields  we reached a stopping point outside a lovely old farmhouse.

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All beautifully behaved animals …even the lamb helping  to put out the washing!

DSC06793Lovely to see buildings like this alongside  fields full of  sheep and  lambs  and a grazing horse, who was not over impressed with seeing us all.

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The track led us on through the farm fields. In  the distance the railway bridge over the Towy river could be seen and a couple of Canada geese flew overhead as a sort of flypast to acknowledge our walking accomplishments!

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Of course no walk led by Philip would be the same without a bit of mud. However, this time he did offer us a rest on a bench!

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The river was flowing rapidly  and  some sharp eyed walkers saw a kingfisher swooping by….I didn’t…maybe I should stop talking and start looking!

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Thank you Philip for a lovely walk that we all enjoyed.After such a  springlike walk some walkers returned to our house for a coffee and biscuit.

Yesterday  we caught the 5.39 train from Llangadog to the NEC Birmingham …again!

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Coming into New Street station at Birmingham we passed a train pulled by a double headed Class 37 Diesel  locomotives  with everyone on board enjoying a Rail Tour. (Thought you’d like to know that detail!!)

This time, at the NEC, we were going to the Classic Car & Restoration Show…as one might guess not my idea  even though I do love cars. Years ago my heart was set on  a Triumph Vitesse with a V8 engine!! Over the years we have  owned a Sprite, Midget, Morgan, Mini, BMW …..etc… and to see all the wonderful cars on display in the Show and all the restoration work going on was really great and interesting.

There were a few  classic bikes too.

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…there were even classic caravans. I’d love one of these! The teddy bears on display are the exact ones that my brothers and I had as children ….maybe we are classics now!!

‘The Morris Minor was the first British car to sell a million units and as that milestone approached, BMC decided to create a special edition car – a common event now, but a rarity in the 1960s.

So the Minor Million was created. Mechanically a standard 948 Minor 1000 this special edition of 350 cars was distinguished by vivid lilac paintwork. 350 ‘Millions’ were produced in December 1960. Every showroom had a car on display on the official launch date -4th January 1961.
The actual millionth car rolled off the production line on 22 December 1960′.

Everyone used to own a Morris Minor…our family did and we’ve still got one! Wish it was one of these lilac millionth ones though…they are worth a fortune!

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Even the police used minis !

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Special treat was to see, hear and smell some amazing traction engines…our grandparents used to own similar…wish we had them now!

DSC06915 Never liking to waste a moment on our days out we stopped off on the train journey home at Shrewsbury to spend a couple of hours.  Such a lovely town full of character and  interesting shops!

 

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The guns are pointing into town from outside the regimental museum.

 

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Even the pretty flower borders were laid out in a very organised and orderly fashion!

 

 

Shrewsbury has much to offer with all its  shops and history. The statue of Darwin outside the library is really  special.

Travelling back to Llangadog later on the Heart of Wales line we missed all the wonderful scenery as it was dark. Even though we were rather tired after our days excursion we remembered to turn the clocks forward  so I’d be up early and chirpy for my visit to Aberglasney to see David Cowdry’s  Art Exhibition and the display of spring flowers. Both were wonderful and the garden in the spring sunshine was beautiful.

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Wish there  were more hours in each day to fit in all the things I want to see and do….but this weekend I think I’ve filled in every second…thank you for reading and sharing the weekend with me….a great start to Summer time!

 

 

David Cowdry Aberglasney Exhibition and Outings! August 29, 2016

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DSC05814Really enjoyed visiting Aberglasney to see David Cowdry’s new exhibition. It was wonderful as usual  and there were  many paintings that I just wanted to tuck under my arm and bring home!

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DSC05819-1DSC05811-1                                                           Jim’s favourite painting.

DSC05812-1I didn’t  have a chance to photograph my favourite painting  as David was busy chatting to friends in the doorway  to the room where the beautiful woodland scene and owl was on display. Never mind , I’m going back to see the exhibition again  before the end of the week as it’s too good to miss!

It was time again for another walk with Walk Well Carmarthenshire. The walk was around Carmel Woods where there was a whole meadow, purple with field scabious. It was a delightful walk in the august sunshine  with interesting folk, who explained some of the history of the site, including use of the lime kilns.

We’ve had the family staying for a holiday and our grandson likes to visit the seaside….so do I!

Llanstephan is the place to go. There’s a beautiful beach, with perfect sand castle building sand, a castle, a tea room and a fish and chip wagon….what’s not to like!

The castle also has amazing views over the estuary and the best roly poly hill in the world…so says the grandson!

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Next stop was a day walking around Garn Goch- an iron age hill fort- just 20 minutes drive from home.

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There are two forts at Garn Goch and the remains of the walls are still to be seen and they are breathtaking!

Even after all this hill walking , the grandson still had energy to run all the way round our field and back again!

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Just a reminder to visit David’s exhibition.

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April 9 David Cowdry and Dylan Thomas April 9, 2014

 

What a splendid title!  There are few opportunities in life when one can write the names of two favourite persons side by side  which are linked together. Well- today I can!

We were  very pleased to welcome David to our house this week when he delivered his painting. We are delighted that we have bought David’s amazing  painting of Dylan Thomas’s Boathouse with its splendid view across the estuary.

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Dylan Thomas Boathouse

Copied from           http://www.dylanthomasboathouse.com

‘Even if the poet, writer and broadcaster Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) hadn’t lived at the Boathouse in Laugharne for the last four years of his tragically short life, it is a truly remarkable place to visit.

The Boathouse terrace offers wonderful views of the Taf estuary and the Gower beyond – a haven for egrets, lapwings, herons, oystercatchers, seals and otters with fishermen and cocklers continuing the ancient traditions.

The Boathouse tearoom with its locally sourced, home-cooked menu provides a welcome respite for walkers tackling the newly launched Wales Coast Path.

As well as the tearoom, there is a furnished front parlour, an upstairs exhibition area showing a 24 minute film, a shop and toilet facilities.

It was Dylan Thomas, however, who made the Boathouse iconic. It is the building most closely associated with him and the stability of a permanent home meant he enjoyed a creative renaissance. He worked in the Writing Shed above the Boathouse with its remarkable and inspiring views of four estuaries.

The first poem he wrote there was ‘Over Sir John’s Hill’, in which he describes the view from the shed, writing of birds stalking their prey and bringing death in the midst of this beauty.

Life, death, beauty, tragedy, eternity and God – Dylan could see them all from the window of this unique place.’

 

Thank you David for delivering your wonderful painting which will give  us such pleasure  for many  years to come.

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October 25 2013 David Cowdry Aberglasney Exhibition October 25, 2013

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Yesterday was the last day of David Cowdry’s Exhibition in Aberglasney so after our session at Gelli Aur Art Group a  few of the members went for a last look at David’s amazing art work.

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It has been a wonderful exhibition  with many of the paintings showing red dots  which means that David is happy and so too are the  fortunate folk who have bought his work.

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We’ll all have to wait until 2014 now to see his work again   when he opens the season again in Aberglasney.

Mind you a little bird told me that David  just might be getting  his own  website in the future. That will be wonderful!

After visiting the Exhibition we decided to go to the Vintage Café in Llandeilo for lunch . We all enjoyed a delicious lunch and a long, long chatter! Next to the café is a lovely garden nursery just full of autumn plants waiting to be bought.

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Such a great way to spend a day with friends: painting, observing, eating, laughing  and chatting! What a life!

 

October 9 David Cowdry Exhibition at Aberglasney Gardens October 9, 2013

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What better way to write my 201st blog but to announce the next exhibition of DAVID COWDRY  which is  to be held at Aberglasney Gardens open from October 19th to 24th 2013 10am until 6pm.

David’s paintings are inspired by landscape, light and wildlife  and I love them !

These photographs were taken in his last exhibition at Aberglasney in April this year.

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April 13 2013 David Cowdry at Aberglasney Gardens April 13, 2013

Once again it was up to David Cowdry’s brilliant exhibition  to welcome in the Spring at Aberglasney Gardens. David’s paintings are ‘inspired by Landscape, Light and Wildlife and this year his exhibition coincided with the showing of the restoration work completed so far in the Mansion.

The  paintings in the exhibition and the restoration work combined to make this a most remarkable visual experience. David’s paintings are breathtaking in their beauty and precision.

David's paintings setting off the new panelling, chandelier and plasterwork in the mansion perfectly.

David’s paintings setting off the new panelling, chandelier and plasterwork in the mansion perfectly.

Spring sunlight  enhances the setting

Spring sunlight enhances the setting

 

The perfect painting over the mantelpiece

The perfect painting over the mantelpiece

David's amazing painting..Kidwelly

David’s amazing painting..Kidwelly

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A special favourite of mine.. just like the swallows in our woodshed

A special favourite of mine.. just like the swallows in our woodshed

 

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Such detail, composition  and just  perfect- that's why David's work  is so admired and loved by all.

Such detail, composition and just perfect- that’s why David’s work is so admired and loved by all.

David’s exhibition has now ended and I’m looking forward to seeing all the other exhibitions in the mansion throughout the spring and summer. David returns to the mansion  in the autumn with another exhibition…I don’t want to wish my life away but I’m looking forward to that already!

 

 

 

 

 

February 3 David Cowdry Painting Demonstration Day February 3, 2012

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What a wonderful way to spend a day….watching and admiring David Cowdry as he paints one of his masterpieces….actually we were all very lucky today as he decided to paint two!

Wendy Powell Jones…artist and tutor  had organised the day  with  David so all  her students could attend and  enjoy learning from David.

David starting his painting of a snowy river scene

Using two hands to paint in the background detail of the trees

 

Adding tree reflections into the area of the painting which will be the river

 

David left this painting unfinished

 

 

Further tree detail being added to David's second painting of a snowy woodland scene

 

 

David's painting session ends with the woodland scene developing well. David said that many more hours will be needed in his studio to complete the painting to his satisfaction.

 
A fantastic day out- thank you David and Wendy.
 
David’s next exhibition will be at ABERGLASNEY Gardens
David Cowdry
30 Mar 2012 – 05 Apr 2012
David Cowdry returns to open the 2012 Aberglasney art and craft exhibition
 
Wendy’s lovely paintings , her blog  and painting hints and tips can be found on her website:
 
 
 
 
 

 
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