Another weekend so more expeditions to see Christmas Fayres! Every notice board one sees there are adverts for fairs, fayres, festivals, market and galas all with the obligatory free mulled wine and mince pie thrown in! Not sure why we have visited a couple this year maybe it’s something to do with the weather! Waking up to sunny, bright, dry, freezing cold days and going out to a venue decked out in Christmas jollifications with the offer of a hot toddy seems to be a good way to spend a couple of hours.
First stop was Pumsaint, a village just 20 minutes drive away and home to a lovely pub and wonderful Coronation hall and just round the corner from Dolaucothi Gold mines.
A Christmas Craft Fair in aid of Breast Cancer Wales was being held in the hall which is a corrugated iron village hall dating from 1903 when it was built to commemorate the coronation of Edward VII.
The railings and archway in front date from 1925 and were erected as a war memorial. They are both grade II listed.
There were many lovely and interesting stalls to enjoy. On the wall hung a splendid portrait of James Hills- Johnes who gained the Victoria Cross for gallantry in 1857.
Also commemorative photo and medal of a local resident.
After enjoying a tasty coffee and mince pie we set off on a circular walk through the Dolaucothi estate. As we hadn’t any ponies with us to tie up we had no need for this rail.
We kept our eyes open for red squirrels which we were informed where in the woods but sadly didn’t see any.
We passed some very interested and nosy customers on our path!
Arriving back at the carpark just in time before the sun set over the hills.
Another day dawned bright and beautiful and a visit to Llandovery in the morning where they were holding an amnesty for rubbish! The powers that be have closed our fantastic Recycling Centre in Llangadog!! The council have decided to have these ‘amnesty’ mornings so electrical goods, etc can be recycled using all the dustbin lorries. There was a long line of these lorries, in the cattle market, lined up ready to devour all the gubbins that everyone brought!
The afternoon was still cold and dry when we drove to Dinefwr for their Christmas Fayre. We are very fortunate to have the park, castle and house very near to home.
Newton House looked very special with all the stalls inside the rooms.
The piano had been moved to make way for the exhibits and we found it hidden under the ornate staircase.
The famous White Cattle of Dinefwr were not allowed entry into the house but this one didn’t want to miss the fun!
Outside in the gathering dusk the deer could be seen and heard! Clashing of antlers filled the air.
It was definitely time to go home and we’d saved the best till last…mulled wine and mince pie to see us safely on the road!
Today a rather cold, damp and dreary one brightened up by my weekly visit to Aberglasney, where the plants in the Ninfarium were stars of colour.
Outside the gunneras are all wrapped up against the cold and snuggled warmly under their covering of leaves.
I wish I could include smelly vision as the perfume from this tiny flower filled the woods..aah!
Next weekend another Winter Fair this time at Aberglasney! I’m helping in the Grotto with Santa…poor thing! I’ll still slip away from my duties though to have a wander around the gardens .