Hope my brother, who lives on the other side of the world, has a hole in one today to celebrate his birthday! He plays lots of golf! Whilst I walk, talk and garden to keep the joints working!
Our Walking Well Walk went well! Roz, the leader this week, standing in for Philip, who’s on holiday, planned a lovely ramble around Cwmdu…this is actually Philip’s patch but he gave her permission!
First stop of the day was to let the horse through.
We passed a lovely cottage and admired the range of foxgloves in their pretty garden.
There were many other foxgloves to be seen in the surrounding fields and also some derelict farm buildings just waiting to be restored.
We walked up some hills that were quite tiring but it was well worth it for the beautiful views over the countryside
Good to see some lovely wild flowers in the hedgerows and pleased that the farmer managed to get his hay/silage cut before the wet weather came.
We were watched carefully on our way by a number of four legged friends.
Some made their presence more noticeable than others!
We ended our walk in the Cwmdu Pub. On Sunday afternoons during the summer one can have Afternoon Tea there so we sampled the idea! The cakes were delicious! Thanks Roz for the lovely walk.
The MOT on our car was due so we headed to Swansea to get it done. Every time we visit the Enterprise Park in Swansea we get lost…not sure how anyone knows where they are going! We find the lake and the ducks and then we know we are on the right road!
Whilst the car is being dealt with we walk to Wyevale Garden Centre have a coffee and then walk around the lake spotting as many birds as possible.
Good news the car lives for another year!
Last week I was asked to help at a National Garden Scheme Open Day at Gelli Mydog. The sun shone and everyone came and enjoyed the lovely gardens and the cream teas! One of the owners of the garden is a greenskeeper so the lawns were immaculate…hope he never visits our garden!
Calling into our local town, Llandovery, is always a treat, even in the rain.
It is sad to see most of the banks are now closed and their wonderful old buildings are now up for sale.
On the drive into town we called in to see the alpaca that are in our local nursery, Ystrad. Such characters and so nosy and very cuddly!
I love our garden in June…it’s bursting with colour and weeds!
Love the shapes of all the different leaves in the bog garden and the orchid in the mini meadow.
Our bird feeders are busy even though it’s the summer! There are a number of unusual visitors eating the nuts!
Being that time of year when mothers are showing their young how to use our garden and to make use of all that we supply. We have had a number of incidents !!
The silly baby squirrel was led by mum to the nuts and she explained all about the guard and how it was meant to keep them out. Like many youngsters he knew best and then got stuck in the feeder and cried!! Mum tried to get him out after giving him one hell of a row but in the end Jim had to sort the problem out!
The mummy woodpecker has also had a wayward offspring, who couldn’t hold onto the feeder so she had to ‘spoon’ feed it!!
Just love this expression…’You stupid boy!”
Some birds actually visit the feeder and enjoy the seed and all get on exceptionally well!
Just a note of interest to anyone who gets a splinter. I had to visit the hospital this week as a garden splinter had lodged in my arm some weeks ago and was going nasty! I had tried all the numerous remedies and even been on antibiotics. The hospital consultant suggested an operation with general anaesthetic to be arranged! On returning home I searched the internet again for suggestions and found one saying that petrol jelly/vaseline would work…it did!! I put the vaseline on and bandaged it up overnight and in the morning half an inch of wood was sticking out!! Hooray, no operation and I live to garden another day! Hope this remedy works for you too if you get a splinter…let me know!