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September 25 Aberglasney: Discovery of Witches, Llandovery September 25, 2020

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Today the sun shone and the wind blew and a trip to Llandovery for a hair cut was on the cards. Llandovery is a lovely little town and caters for all one needs. It’s a good feeling to park the car overlooked by the old castle. The carpark now has a battery charger next to the playground. I’m sure that all the children’s energy could be adapted to energise all the car batteries…they never stop and only occasionally need refuelling with chocs and such like.

Walking through the park, up the slope to the castle, the town lies below the gaze of the shining stainless steel monument to Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan. He was executed in Llandovery 1401  by Henry IV of England in punishment for his support of Owain Glyndŵr‘s Welsh rebellion. Oh dear!

Back in the town, which was quiet except for some shoppers shopping all wearing face masks and queuing neatly outside the Post Office.

Newly decorated and looking very smart

Back home with the sun shining a good time to have a look around the garden. The last weeks have been busy with a great deal of cutting down and tidying up. There have been days full of butterflies, dragonflies and bees and other days when the early morning sun has caught the cobwebs glistening with dew.

Another few visits to Aberglasney were enjoyed. For the first time since March the mansion was open with an excellent art and craft exhibition and the Bonsai Group had a meeting outside The Piggeries.

Preparations were also being made in the garden by the production company that were filming the series Discovery Witches Sky TV. Very exciting news for all those who know about these things…sadly I don’t!!

The A for Aberglasney on the plant container has been covered with a motif in preparation for filming…just one tiny example of how things are done!

The garden has looked particularly beautiful with all the summer flowers and now autumn hues are taking over.

On entering the garden one has to pass under the bough of a magnificent Western Red Cedar, Thuja Plicata 150+ years old!

Walking up Bishop Rudd’s Walk to the top of the garden there is a new feature that looks bare at the present but one which will be planted with many clematis. Another place to sit and enjoy the view over the borders and towards Carmarthen.

Getting ready for Hallowe’en!

The news today is full of local lockdowns and a rising rate of infections. Looks like lots more days staying in the garden and remembering how fortunate we are to have clean fresh air, home grown veg and enough land to have our own space…Jim in his workshop, me in the garden so still talking! Stay safe!

 

 
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