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March 25 Llangadog Walk and Classic Car Show March 25, 2018

It wasn’t raining, it wasn’t snowing and it certainly wasn’t freezing cold so it must be Philip waving his magic wand again  to give our Walking Well group pleasant enough weather for our walk around Llangadog.

We all met on the bridge overlooking the Sawdde river.

DSC06770DSC06769We followed the road around the perimeter of the common where all the sheep roam freely  and passed through the village of Felindre into the fields beyond.

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There must be a new initiative to sign walks which are near the railway station  and the Heart of Wales line. Hopefully, these new signs, showing the Cynghordy  Viaduct   will help walkers to keep to the track and not get lost!

Passing  on through kissing gates…(no kissing allowed!) and through farmyards with cattle in barns and lambs in fields  we reached a stopping point outside a lovely old farmhouse.

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All beautifully behaved animals …even the lamb helping  to put out the washing!

DSC06793Lovely to see buildings like this alongside  fields full of  sheep and  lambs  and a grazing horse, who was not over impressed with seeing us all.

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The track led us on through the farm fields. In  the distance the railway bridge over the Towy river could be seen and a couple of Canada geese flew overhead as a sort of flypast to acknowledge our walking accomplishments!

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Of course no walk led by Philip would be the same without a bit of mud. However, this time he did offer us a rest on a bench!

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The river was flowing rapidly  and  some sharp eyed walkers saw a kingfisher swooping by….I didn’t…maybe I should stop talking and start looking!

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Thank you Philip for a lovely walk that we all enjoyed.After such a  springlike walk some walkers returned to our house for a coffee and biscuit.

Yesterday  we caught the 5.39 train from Llangadog to the NEC Birmingham …again!

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Coming into New Street station at Birmingham we passed a train pulled by a double headed Class 37 Diesel  locomotives  with everyone on board enjoying a Rail Tour. (Thought you’d like to know that detail!!)

This time, at the NEC, we were going to the Classic Car & Restoration Show…as one might guess not my idea  even though I do love cars. Years ago my heart was set on  a Triumph Vitesse with a V8 engine!! Over the years we have  owned a Sprite, Midget, Morgan, Mini, BMW …..etc… and to see all the wonderful cars on display in the Show and all the restoration work going on was really great and interesting.

There were a few  classic bikes too.

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…there were even classic caravans. I’d love one of these! The teddy bears on display are the exact ones that my brothers and I had as children ….maybe we are classics now!!

‘The Morris Minor was the first British car to sell a million units and as that milestone approached, BMC decided to create a special edition car – a common event now, but a rarity in the 1960s.

So the Minor Million was created. Mechanically a standard 948 Minor 1000 this special edition of 350 cars was distinguished by vivid lilac paintwork. 350 ‘Millions’ were produced in December 1960. Every showroom had a car on display on the official launch date -4th January 1961.
The actual millionth car rolled off the production line on 22 December 1960′.

Everyone used to own a Morris Minor…our family did and we’ve still got one! Wish it was one of these lilac millionth ones though…they are worth a fortune!

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Even the police used minis !

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Special treat was to see, hear and smell some amazing traction engines…our grandparents used to own similar…wish we had them now!

DSC06915 Never liking to waste a moment on our days out we stopped off on the train journey home at Shrewsbury to spend a couple of hours.  Such a lovely town full of character and  interesting shops!

 

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The guns are pointing into town from outside the regimental museum.

 

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Even the pretty flower borders were laid out in a very organised and orderly fashion!

 

 

Shrewsbury has much to offer with all its  shops and history. The statue of Darwin outside the library is really  special.

Travelling back to Llangadog later on the Heart of Wales line we missed all the wonderful scenery as it was dark. Even though we were rather tired after our days excursion we remembered to turn the clocks forward  so I’d be up early and chirpy for my visit to Aberglasney to see David Cowdry’s  Art Exhibition and the display of spring flowers. Both were wonderful and the garden in the spring sunshine was beautiful.

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Wish there  were more hours in each day to fit in all the things I want to see and do….but this weekend I think I’ve filled in every second…thank you for reading and sharing the weekend with me….a great start to Summer time!

 

 

November 21 Walks and Out and Abouts November 21, 2016

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Another beautiful day for a walk. We have been so fortunate to have dry, bright but cold  days for gadding about on our local walks. The recent walk was near home and just a couple of miles drive away in Llangadog. We parked up on the bridge, next to  the common overlooking the Sawdde river.

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DSC06823.jpgWe started our walk crossing the common and followed one of the many tracks  to get to the river Towy, passing some lovely properties on the way.

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When we reached the Towy , after ploughing our way through some very muddy, sticky goo, we could see the railway bridge not far away which also has a pedestrian footpath. This walk though we took the other direction  after enjoying the views of the river and apparently the old ford crossing.

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We said, `Hello’  to some fine and interested horses who I’m sure would have accompanied us on our walk if there wasn’t a fence in the way!

DSC06864.jpg                                                Another ‘friend’ we had to leave behind!

DSC06860.jpgThese hips are just right for Christmas decorations or as a subject for a painted Christmas card- I left them untouched, although  I would have loved a few branches!

DSC06870 (2).jpgWe continued down a new track passing  some beautiful old buildings   until we came to another farm with more ‘friends’. One playing hide and seek!

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Many of the trees have lost their leaves by now as some days we have had quite strong winds and frosty nights but some oak trees have held onto their foliage and look beautiful in the autumn light.

DSC06880.jpgOur circular walk was nearly over except for a walk through a field with a herd of cows. Every walk has to have a bit of excitement and the cows nearly provided that! They were very interested in us   and started trotting but we all managed to cross the field safely before their interest was satisfied!

DSC06888.jpgThe lovely walk ended at our house with coffee and biscuits and a general chat  about putting the world to right!

 

Jim and I  enjoyed our annual visit to Picton Castle for their  fantastic Victorian Christmas weekend. There is a food marquee and many stalls in the castle itself  and outside to wander around and enjoy and spend those pennies! The castle is brilliantly decorated with every room having a superb Christmas tree in it and with the  accompanying sound of the violins playing in the background – it really is the start of the festivities.

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Nothing induces Jim to come  shopping with me but a No VAT Sunday at Machine Mart in Swansea is a sure way to galvanise some  shopping action! After we had purchased  some VIP tools we could set off for my treat! My mum and dad lived in the Mumbles so I love visiting and remembering happy times spent there. Its an idyllic seaside village which is now a thriving busy place for shoppers, visitors  and all who enjoy the sea views, the lighthouse, the RNLI station, the walks and  the food!

This  view of Mumbles is  from the  coastal walk  which was the  route  of the Mumbles Railway which closed in the last century.

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DSC06762.jpgDSC06770.jpgA visit to the life boat station is a must   when visiting Mumbles. The walk along the pier to reach the station has become rather tricky with just a small path allowed with barriers either side  to keep you walking  along the middle of the pier where the planks look firmer!  Don’t look down or to the side!! The walk is well worth it though when you see the magnificent lifeboat on call at all times to save  everyone in trouble at sea.

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The views from  the pier over the lighthouse  are just beautiful.

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To end our Mumbles day out we enjoyed  a meal at Verdi’s Ice Cream Parlour and Restaurant- Italian cooking and hospitality at its best!

I’m missing the next walk as it’s the same day as the Aberglasney Winter Fair ( December 2, 3 and 4)  and I’m helping on the mulled wine! I love it!

 

 

 

November 8 Change of Seasons November 8, 2015

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It’s ages since I’ve written on my blog and  although all our lovely visitors have all returned to their own homes for the winter  there is still  a great deal that keeps me busy! We’ve emptied the cottage in preparation for the decorators to arrive and give it a magic coat of paint to spruce it all up for 2016…our 10th year! I had no idea how long it would take to empty the cottage  but it’s all done now. Actually the decorators arrived last week and gave the  outside window frames  and barge boards a once over and then the glorious weather changed  from sun to rain- typical! They will return when the rain leaves!

We went for a walk on Llangadog Common yesterday. The river Sawdde had risen incredibly quickly  due to the cloud bursts we have had and the river looked quite a torrent and sounded even worse!

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DSC01347-1 The view from  Carreg -Sawdde common over towards the hill where  a castle once stood.  More information about  Llangadog and local villages can be found  on the Brecon Beacons website:

http://www.breconbeacons.org/llangadog-western-villages

DSC01361 Another view of the ‘waterfall’ .

DSC01365Separating  the Common from the road is a line of magnificent  stones and each one is covered by variety of different lichen.

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DSC01379-1  Although wet and windy it was a wonderful walk with stunning views …I love Llangadog!

 

August 28 Walk from Llangadog September 2, 2012

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Another day another walk! We drove to the nearby village of Llangadog  and then onto the common by Felindre where  we left the car. This time we remembered to take a map with us as we set off  through country lanes  in search of the  River Towy.  As we passed a  farm a sweet little terrier dog started to follow us….guess who had to turn round and take him back to the farm  after he had followed us for ages!

When we reached the Towy we followed the signposts to a railway bridge.

This railway bridge was the replacement bridge for the one that was swept away in the floods of 1987 :-

In the Glanrhyd Bridge collapse of 19 October 1987, four people died when the 05:27 passenger train from Swansea to Shrewsbury, consisting of a two-car Class 108 DMU fell into the River Towy near Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire in Wales. The accident was caused by the Glanrhyd Bridge being washed away by the swollen river.  taken from Wikipedia

After crossing the bridge we continued on our walk through another farm  and along more lanes with views through the hedgerows of  the Carmarthen Fans .

Along the way we passed some very interesting buildings including some lovely barns.

We saw this lovely blue butterfly…think it’s a Common blue…just found out that in most species only the male is blue and the female brown…how drab is that!

Another discovery amongst the grass  and ferns…this not too happy cat!

After our country lane met the main A40 road at Manordeilo we walked along the verges keeping well away from lorries, vans and cars that were zooming by and we landed back up in Llangadog.

We passed this old milestone on the side of the road…6 miles to Llandovery and 6 miles to Llandeilo.

After we crossed over the river Sawdde bridge we were back on the common ready to get in the car  and drive home….. desperate for a large cup of coffee and a rest!

 

 

 
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