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.
We crossed over pretty bridges and enjoyed seeing
all the wild flowers growing along the banks, especially the violets, celandines and primroses.
As Prince Charles wasn’t at home the sentry box was empty! Discussions were held on who should be Christopher Robin and Alice!
Fair do’s to Philip, the path was a lovely one with only one wet spot which was easily avoided!
Delicious coffee and cake were the order of the day at Myddfai Hall and Visitor Centre. Thanks Philip for another lovely walk.
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!
In the Apothecary’s Hall there’s an excellent exhibition of patchwork plants.
There is always something new to see in Plas Pilipala (Butterfly House).
No guessing who this butterfly was trying to imitate and frighten off its enemies!
Another day of visits took us to Laugharne and Dylan Thomas land!
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!
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!
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!
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.
The lime tree looks stunning as it comes into leaf and its base surrounded by celandines.
Not surprisingly the bog garden is thriving but getting rather too wet!
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!