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September 4th Catch Up Time! September 4, 2018

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Daydream Golden Tail- that’s my unicorn name! What’s yours? ! It sort of sums up the last three amazing and wonderful weeks spent with my family, who have been staying with us  on holiday from Canada.

Visiting all the local places with them has been a delight and seeing our countryside and places of interest through the eyes of two 4 year olds has been rather special.

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Just a few (!) photos of our visits out to local attractions  to show how busy we have been having fun and what a great place to come on holiday.

Enjoying the garden.

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Visiting Dynevor Castle:

Under the  shadow of Llandovery Castle there’s a playground….funny what you discover when there are children around!

 

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Our day at the Botanic Garden of Wales was superb with all the different things to see and do. Top of the list was watching the birds of prey display …it was spectacular!

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Folly Farm in Pembrokeshire  has lions, giraffes, rhinos and lots more protected animals, there are also playgrounds, fair rides  everything for adults and children to love.

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But best of all they have ppppp…penguins!

A visit to Llanstephan is always a pleasure walking on the sands and climbing up to the castle to take in the stunning views of the coast. The children found their pleasure in finding another playground  and of course enjoying the sand to build sand castles.

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Our daughter  and  older grandson also joined the  sand party  and stayed a few days with us all.

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The metal farm statues  of the  dog and goose outside Debenhams in Carmarthen will never look the same to me again after being ridden on !

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I have a fear of being enclosed or locked in so why did I enter the caves at  the  Showcases Centre- Dan Yr Ogof …because I had the children with me! They looked after me very well when we went deep into the long cave system. I survived …just …but left it up  to the parents to take them into the two other cave systems on site which they said were very interesting and quite breathtaking.

On the site there are  also the most amazing dinosaurs …ones I’ve never heard of or could even pronounce their names off their information boards…happily  my  4 year old grandson knew all the names  and told me all about them.

Cantref Adventure Farm set in the most beautiful surroundings in the Brecon Beacons had a rather magic day! Unicorns were offering to give children rides! So who could refuse such an offer. Both children had a great time especially  in the company of  Bella .

Not sure the unicorn liked the colour of his painted hooves!

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Certain animals could also be petted. Bella was the lynch pin in most of the activities and  never stopped smiling …bet she’ll be glad when the school holidays end!

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Stroking a chinchilla was fine but …a rat…a big one too…think I’ll pass on that one!

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The views around were stunning  and another happy day ended at the fish and  chip shop Llandovery!

A holiday here has to include  a visit to Tenby. It was  beautiful with the sea, sand and sky all shining in the sunshine. There was another playground before more sand castles and a walk around the harbour.

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As if we didn’t have enough excitement there was a very kind invitation to watch the Tour of Britain at a friend’s house as the cycles would be passing their front door! The family left for a couple of days in London.  So we enjoyed a fantastic day  out with delicious food included  watching the cycles racing by! It was all huge fun especially all the police motor bikes racing along the lanes sounding their sirens  and then all the cars carrying bikes on their roofs…   it was  just the best day! Bethlehem is now firmly on the map! Couldn’t see Geraint but he was there somewhere!

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Next day we went to London to catch up with the family and enjoyed a visit to Hyde Park, where we had a picnic in the remarkable Diana Memorial …you’ve guessed it…Playground! Such a splendid place …no adult allowed unless accompanied by a child and then it’s a safe and secure place to play.

Being let out of the play area!

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The Natural History Museum was our next stop. Fantastic displays as always.

 

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We left the family outside the museum and headed slowly back through the park  to Paddington station  for the train home.

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Arriving back to a very quiet house after such a  brilliant time of laughs and joy has been hard  but planning for future visits already.

Back to reading my 4 favourite blogs ( missed what you’ve all been up to!) and starting art group again this week will cheer me up no end!

The family have just landed home in Canada …so all’s well.

 

November 9 Dryslwyn Castle Walk November 9, 2016

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On a day when the USA Presidential election result has been announced it’s good to reflect on the simple things in life like enjoying walking  through beautiful countryside with friends  and forgetting  opinion polls and politics.

Our walk started at Dryslwyn carpark on a stunning autumn day with a clear blue sky and a chilly wind. There were lovely  views across the Towy valley and in the distance there were numerous birds to be seen flying in and around the river. Camera on  full zoom could only catch  a glimpse  of the birds  so not sure what they are- maybe greylag?

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Also a great number of magnificent  huge fungi were around the carpark  and looking  quite special in the sunlight.

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Dryslwyn Castle is the only place that I ‘feel’ some connection with the past occupants of the site. One can imagine the township that was situated on the top of the hill by the castle and all the life going on there with children playing and families  carrying on  their day to day lives. There is certainly an ‘atmosphere’ here!  It was politics again that brought the castle walls tumbling down!

We didn’t immediately  climb up to the castle but walked along the road until  we came to a small lane bordered by some   fine trees.

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We followed the lane round and came to a hamlet  called Felindre that I had never visited before. It’s amazing how some places get hidden away and stay quite secluded!

There are many Felindre’s in Wales as it means ‘mill town’ in English. There was no evidence to be seen of the mill but there was a village pump in what could have been the village pound long ago.

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We followed the lane along  passing some lovely houses  with very friendly ‘ guard’ dogs outside.

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This particular collie took such a fancy to us all that he joined the gang and accompanied us all the way back to the carpark!

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Every way one looked there were interesting things to see. The sheep looked very comfy and cosy nestling in the dry autumn leaves and the view of Paxton’s Tower  on the distant hill seemed to follow us around. Paxton’s Tower is a folly which was erected in honour of Lord Nelson. We had nearly completed our circular walk  and the last part was the hardest climbing to the top of the hill to see the castle. It was well worth the effort with the wonderful views all around and the vision of the Towy river meandering its way slowly across the valley on its way passing  through Carmarthen  and on to its estuary by Llanstephan Castle.

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A rather ‘naff’ photo of Paxton’s Tower but I just had to take it!!

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Back to the carpark and a last kick around in the autumn leaves before a coffee and delicious cake at The Hangout, Llandeilo…our new favourite place. Best place to relax to forget politics and anything else that may be troubling the soul!

 

David Cowdry Aberglasney Exhibition and Outings! August 29, 2016

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DSC05814Really enjoyed visiting Aberglasney to see David Cowdry’s new exhibition. It was wonderful as usual  and there were  many paintings that I just wanted to tuck under my arm and bring home!

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DSC05819-1DSC05811-1                                                           Jim’s favourite painting.

DSC05812-1I didn’t  have a chance to photograph my favourite painting  as David was busy chatting to friends in the doorway  to the room where the beautiful woodland scene and owl was on display. Never mind , I’m going back to see the exhibition again  before the end of the week as it’s too good to miss!

It was time again for another walk with Walk Well Carmarthenshire. The walk was around Carmel Woods where there was a whole meadow, purple with field scabious. It was a delightful walk in the august sunshine  with interesting folk, who explained some of the history of the site, including use of the lime kilns.

We’ve had the family staying for a holiday and our grandson likes to visit the seaside….so do I!

Llanstephan is the place to go. There’s a beautiful beach, with perfect sand castle building sand, a castle, a tea room and a fish and chip wagon….what’s not to like!

The castle also has amazing views over the estuary and the best roly poly hill in the world…so says the grandson!

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Next stop was a day walking around Garn Goch- an iron age hill fort- just 20 minutes drive from home.

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There are two forts at Garn Goch and the remains of the walls are still to be seen and they are breathtaking!

Even after all this hill walking , the grandson still had energy to run all the way round our field and back again!

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Just a reminder to visit David’s exhibition.

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March 30 Visitors: Hello and Goodbye! March 30, 2016

We’ve had  a splendid three weeks with plenty of toing and froing of  lovely visitors! Visitors to the cottage, friends  to show us their motor bike and side car  and family  with their two year old twins over from Canada for a holiday.  It’s been a very  busy  and happy time. 2016 march david holiday 093

We’ve played in the garden, visited places  and  had a jolly good time everywhere. The weather has been very kind to us and although it’s been cold there have been glorious days of sunshine so the visits to the beaches and castles have  been  even more special.

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A visit to Folly Farm http://www.folly-farm.co.uk/  was most enjoyable and the penguin enclosure the greatest hit of them all!

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Along with the lions, camels, giraffes, zebras etc. to see  there is a  walk through aviary with the most beautiful birds  on display and enjoying the free flight that all birds should have.

DSC02613-1Folly Farm isn’t just about the wonderful animals there are some very exciting  and interesting play areas too!

DSC02657Who’d have thought that in the middle of March we’d be on the beaches of Saundersfoot and Wiseman’s Bridge enjoying the sunshine, building sandcastles and eating fish and chips!             http://www.visitsaundersfootbay.com/

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Meanwhile playing in the garden was fun too!

We all went away for  a few days to Arundel.  A delightful town  with a stunning cathedral and lots of quaint streets with tempting shops!

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Whilst Peppa Pig World called the younger members of the family Jim and I  visited Sammy Miller Motor Cycle Museum   which was hugely enjoyable !    Loved the Vincent! http://sammymiller.co.uk/ 

DSC02726On our return  we visited Llanstephan , we played on the beach  and walked up to the castle   and   climbed the turrets!

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DSC02838Over Easter our other grandson came to stay and we all had fun on the field racing up and down….well I watched the racing they did the running!

DSC02866-1After all the activities over the last three weeks the most fun seemed to be had helping to clear the leaves in the Pond Field and wheeling the wheel barrow round the pond!

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Now alas the visitors have all left and the house and garden are all quiet and empty. Thank goodness for the garden – there’s lots of work to do  and this weekend we are looking forward to welcoming some more visitors to Lletty Cottage- so it won’t be quite so quiet after all!

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