After a very wet night when the rain fell heavily it was a lovely surprise to drive to Dinefwr in Llandeilo through clearing skies and a touch of brightness! The ‘gang’ were all there shepherded by Sue, who was leading the walk.
We set off at a steady pace trying to get some warmth into our limbs. Following the track past the cow sheds, where there was a mother and calf resting, we took a slight diversion to look at the 18 century ice house. Remarkably, the ice which would have been collected when the ice house was in use, was brought from a pond one and a half miles away! We tried to work out how many ponies, carts and people would be needed for such a task! It was also noted how our winters have changed as ponds don’t freeze up in such a way these days! Thank goodness we are fortunate enough to have fridge/ freezers available to us now!
The path led us on towards the front of Newton House passing the wonderful view over the deer park towards Paxton’s Tower, the little dot in the far distance!
Feeling warmer now that the sun was coming out we noted the beautiful autumn colours in the trees that were still shining bright even at this time in November. The ‘fairy’ doors were definitely shut tight on the trees as it is well known that fairies have to keep their toes warm on cold days!
Bypassing visiting the castle we strode on through the beautiful beech woods, everyone kicking leaves into the air, and came to the pretty, small, stone 19th century Llanfeisant church which is of medieval origin. We had a look around before we set off again up the path to the road leading to Newton House. We were all looking forward to our coffee and cake so were deeply disappointed to discover the house was all locked up. (Come on National Trust!) Not to be outdone it was suggested we all go to The White Hart pub for coffee. This was decided upon and the coffee that turned out to be a hot chocolate was perfect!! Just like the walk! Many thanks indeed Sue for such a lovely and well planned walk!
Guess who knows he is the best and most handsome bull around?
Of course there have been many visits to Aberglasney to enjoy the autumn colours and spot any lichen and fungi.
A visit into the Ninfarium is always a delight to see the many orchids on display and all the other wonderful flowering plants too.
The Aberglasney gardeners have been busy cutting down their gunnera plants to prepare them for the winter.
As the gunnera leaves were chopped in Aberglasney it was time to do the same to our gunnera on the island! This meant the little boat was dragged out from the undergrowth and the sailor/gardener (Jim) set sail across the unknown waters to do the chopping! It’s hard work as the stalks are very thick and the leaves heavy! Lots of coffee and encouragement from the bank and many eyes watching the work- the task was completed to perfection!
The garden has still been bright with some really hardy annual flowers which have managed to survive the wet and chilly conditions. (Until last night when we had our first frost…goodbye nasturtiums, begonia etc until 2023!)
Some mornings have been bright! But many more wet and chilly! A good time to check around the garden at all the ‘old’ Christmas trees that have been planted which now have grown enormous!! Not sure we’ll be able to dig one up for this year…maybe that’s a hint to but a new one!
Thank you for reading. Hope you have some good weather everywhere you are in the world to enjoy nature around you.