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July 18 Aberglasney and Seaside Wishes Completed! July 18, 2020

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It’s a jolly good idea to have something to look forward to in life and my wishes over the last months in lockdown have been to visit Aberglasney and the seaside again and see our family. Just like Aladdin two of my wishes have come true already…the third wish to see our family will have to wait a while until next year …so it’s good to keep something very special to look forward to!

Aberglasney is looking amazing with borders brimming over with plants that have just been waiting to show themselves off to visitors. The cafe is now also open with a limited menu and sitting outside under the canopy with social distancing in place is perfect.

The wildflower meadow is a highlight in the garden at this time of year and this year it is the best!

The Sunken Garden is looking beautiful too!

Alongside the pool there’s a pretty view of the border leading to the cafe.

Elsewhere in the garden there are delights around every corner for everyone to enjoy.

After some visits to the Gardens it was time to be granted my second wish of a visit to the seaside. On the day the sun shone we headed for New Quay, which was much quieter than normal for this time of year. The holiday makers are returning to the area now so businesses will be feeling happier as they hope for more sunny days to bring in the visitors.

New Quay has a delightful harbour and usually one can see dolphins and seals out at sea when one walks along the harbour wall…but we didn’t see any!! We did enjoy looking at all the rock formations and the crushed shells on the beach though.

New Quay was one of the stopping off places for Dylan Thomas as he moved around locations and it is said that New Quay was the basis for his “Under Milkwood” 1954 radio drama….it certainly has all the features and characters…even now!

Interesting to read the tolls and charges that were applied years ago and to see the memorial erected to commemorate the men/women lost in the WW1 and 2

The National Trust have just started opening up their properties properly in Wales but some of the places have kept their walks available. We enjoyed a walk around Llanerchaeron woods which were open but the cafe is closed .

Back home the wild flowers are still bringing colour to the Pond Field.

Sadly we didn’t have any swallows nesting this year but we did have a little wren who has made good use of an old swallow’s nest under the carport! We do have numerous swifts though…we reckon there are at least six different nests under our eaves!

The garden keeps me very busy with trying to stop it turning into a jungle! I haven’t succeeded! The weather with its alternating rain, humidity and sunshine creates a perfect combination to make the grass grow and plants to expand!

It looks as though life is resuming slowly so I can see that I will be making a few more wishes soon. The mermaid at New Quay certainly looks as though she is blowing all her good wishes to everyone…thank you for reading.

 

April 24 Home and Away April 24, 2018

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View from the garden

Well..  hope that wasn’t it…I mean Spring! The glorious sunshine, the warmth, the buds opening and everywhere greening up …oh it was all so wonderful  while it lasted  but now today it is raining  and the heating is on again! Thank goodness I have my photos to remind me of all the  spring flowers bursting open  in the garden, my Walking Well walk and visits to familiar places with family visitors this last weekend.

 

Driving to Myddfai where our walk was starting took far longer than usual. Traffic  wasn’t allowed on the main A40 road  as a sink hole had appeared! The detour took us through a small, local  village and the queues were very long with  huge lorries having to navigate  carefully through the narrow roads.  It should all be fixed in 10 days!!! After the late start,  with the sun  shining,  we all set off on our WWW  through the lanes around Myddfai  and  across the fields of Llwynywormwood, the estate owned by the Duchy of Cornwall.

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We crossed over pretty bridges  and enjoyed  seeing DSC07390

all the wild flowers growing along the banks, especially the violets, celandines  and primroses.

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As Prince Charles wasn’t at home the sentry box was empty! Discussions were held on who should be  Christopher Robin  and Alice!

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Fair do’s  to Philip, the path was a lovely one with only one wet spot which was easily avoided!

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Delicious coffee and cake were the order of the day at Myddfai Hall and Visitor Centre. Thanks Philip for another lovely walk.

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The National Botanic Garden of Wales    is a great place to take visitors as there is so much to see and do there. In the largest single-span great glasshouse in the world  there is the largest collection of Mediterranean plants in the Northern Hemisphere. The flowers looked at their best.

A visit to the Edwardian pharmacy is  a must when at the Gardens. I love looking at all the bottles and packaging of medicines and recalling some of them from my youth! I might have to bring my tube of Savlon here soon. I had a rose thorn in my arm  recently and reached for the Savlon and oddly read the sell by date…October 1993…anyway it still works so I’ll keep it! DSC07476DSC07473

In the Apothecary’s Hall   there’s an excellent exhibition of patchwork plants.

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There is always something new  to see in Plas Pilipala (Butterfly House).

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No guessing who this butterfly was trying to imitate and frighten off its enemies!

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Another day of visits took us to Laugharne and Dylan  Thomas land!

 

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Great to see my friend’s painting of Dylan for sale in  the house.  Jayne Russell 

In the house there was a new exhibit made by Itchy  Fingers Textile Group and very good it was too!

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After a tour around the house and reading through all the poetry  books  we headed to the coffee room and enjoyed a morning coffee with  slices of bara brith….very tasty!

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The rain was holding off quite well but after another short amble through the village we headed for Brown’s Pub  and sitting under the photograph of Dylan and Caitlin we enjoyed a delicious lunch and cocktail (Penderyn gin and vodka!) …a lovely  light headed end to a day out!

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Back home although the lawn is drying out…well it was until the downpour today …the borders have been looking rather desolate  and bare. However, with the sunshine  everywhere perked up  and  started looking bright,  purposeful  and  beautiful.

There are the usual visitors in the garden  a pheasant that races through the borders and a very patient  and stoical Mrs Canada Goose, who is sitting  on her eggs on the island in the pond.

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The lime tree looks stunning as it comes into leaf and its base surrounded by celandines.

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Not surprisingly the bog garden is  thriving  but getting rather too wet!

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Despite all the recent wind and rain the blossom is steadily appearing on the fruit trees and thinking positively  the trees may benefit from this extra dose of rain today! Fingers crossed!

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May 18 Dolphins at New Quay May 18, 2014

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What a brilliant day of sunshine- time for a day out! Just over an hour’s drive from Lletty Cottage is the stunning seaside cove of New Quay. It is a proper seaside village with lots of boats, a harbour, a quay, sand, fish and chips, ice-cream parlours and DOLPHINS! Just standing on the harbour wall we were able to see the dolphins swimming very close to shore.
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It's tracking the boat-bit like Jaws!

It’s tracking the boat-bit like Jaws!

 

We also visited Aberystwyth and were amazed that the  promenade was perfect for walking along. Such a great deal of hard work must have been put into clearing up all the shingle and mending all the stonework etc after the winter storms.

We took the Cliff Railway to the top of Constitution Hill  where we enjoyed a coffee. The view was outstanding and we could see all the way to Snowdon.

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New Quay

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Dylan Thomas walks around New Quay were interesting and enjoyable too.

Just a perfect day out !

 

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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June 13 2013 Tenby Here We Come- Rain or Shine! June 13, 2013

We have family staying with us on holiday at the moment and we decided that whatever the weather we would go to Tenby today!

Morning didn’t start well….rain….rain and more rain!  But we set off by 10am and I promised everyone that we would see the sunshine sometime during the day  so I didn’t even take a rain coat!

I was regretting that decision when we drove into the empty car park at Laugharne and watched the seagulls taking cover under some boats as the rain was coming down particularly heavily at the time!

Not one to let a spot of wet bother  me I encouraged the family out of the car and made a mad dash up to Dylan Thomas’s house. We enjoyed a  warming coffee and cake before we went back through the quite empty streets to the car.  http://www.dylanthomasboathouse.com/

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Next on our day out we left Laugharne and  continued on to Pendine.   Pendine  has a  wonderful Museum of Speed. 

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Pendine Museum of Speed

Explore the history of Pendine’s ‘Sands of Speed’ in a dramatic building overlooking the beach.

At the heart of Pendine’s Museum of Speed is the area’s past as a centre for attempts on the land speed record, most notably when it was broken in 1924 by Malcolm Campbell in his V12 Sunbeam Bluebird at an average speed of 146.163 mph.

Campbell was to break the record on three separate occasions on Pendine’s long sandy beach and there were many endeavours to usurp him. In 1927, Parry Thomas was killed trying to beat Campbell’s new record of 175mph.

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‘Babs’, the vehicle in which Thomas made this attempt, was excavated and fully restored and now takes pride of place during the summer months among other record breaking vehicles and racing memorabilia. The museum also shows historic motor bikes.  Taken from:

http://www.discovercarmarthenshire.com/heritage/speed-museum.html

 

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After a quick and windy short walk across the beach we at last headed towards Tenby and SUNSHINE!

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The town was buzzing with holiday makers all out enjoying the sun wearing their shorts and T-shirts and  licking icecreams…it’s  like an alternative world! Tenby just over an hour away from home and it’s totally different!

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The old lifeboat station newly renovated into a residential property was having all the supports painted quickly before the tide came in!

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The new Tenby  life boat station.

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See!  I said there would be sunshine at Tenby…Mums are always right!

 

 
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