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November 15 Dinefwr Walk Aberglasney November 16, 2019

Snow, hail, rain, wind, – you name it we’ve had it thrown at us through the week but today dawned bright and dry and just a faint cold blast, so onwards and upwards I set off for Home Farm, Dinefwr to meet up with all the Walking Well gang. We set off through the park at a steady rate, just trying to keep warm, and headed off up an old track. Philip stopped half way along the track and told us that we were walking on the old road that had once connected Carmarthen and Llandeilo.

Following up this lovely bit of history we walked on past the white cattle who were having their lunch in their wonderful sheds.

Just a little way on there was a movement in the field and a herd of deer ran out of cover into the open before they disappeared again under some trees.

The track continued past the ice house, a cold, bleak little building…one, I think, that would have been quite spooky to enter in olden days!

There were a number of old trees that had either fallen in the winds or been cut down purposely to clear an area. Thankfully some of the larger tree trunks were being put to great use and carved into benches.

Taking a detour away from our usual walk around the park we headed off the site and entered Penlan Park, which adjoins the main park. The path curved up the hill towards the bandstand.

Standing in the bandstand offered lovely views over all of Llandeilo and the beautiful hills around. The church that looks large when near it seemed quite small when viewed from above.

Now standing at the top of the hill meant that a downward path had to be followed to enter the park again. This proved to be rather slippy with all the wet autumn leaves but it was fine.

On reaching the bottom we passed by Llandyfeisant church, https://www.llandeilo.org/ch_llandyfeisant.html where there was a large tree growing with shiny black berries which stood out amongst all the autumn colour.

We continued on towards Newton House where we enjoyed a delicious coffee and cake…I loved my chocolate brownie! Thank you Philip for a really lovely walk.

Dinefwr Castle

Earlier in the week I had really enjoyed a workshop with Carole Spackman https://www.carolespackmanceramics.co.uk…making a pottery owl! My owl and others is at this time being fired in Carole’s kiln…looking forward to seeing ‘my heirloom’!

The workshop was held in Llanwrtyd Wells Heritage Centre http://history-arts-wales.org.uk…a unique building with many interesting things to see. Currently it’s decked out for a Victorian Christmas and showing some wonderful art work.

I enjoy visiting Llanwrtyd Wells ( home of bog snorkeling etc!) .

Last weekend a painting group that I belong to held their Open Day in the church hall where we paint. It was a wonderfully happy occasion sharing the fun and enjoyment that we all get out of painting.

My weekly visit to Aberglasney, on Sundays, gives me a chance to walk around the gardens and enjoy the changing seasons. This autumn the colours have been brilliant.

A Bonsai Group has recently started using a room in the Piggeries, in the Gardens, as a working place on a Sunday so it’s another enjoyable addition to visit them too.

Back at home the weather has stopped any gardening as the whole place is sodden! However, the early morning walks with Rufus around the garden are still very enjoyable, even if he is a show off!

Even Rufus couldn’t quite believe his eyes when it snowed the other evening!

Thank you for reading. I hope the weather is improving where ever you are.

 

August 23 Out and About! August 24, 2019

The clouds were parting, the breeze dropping , the sun was peeping and it was a Walking Well Walk at Myddfai and Philip was back bringing the good weather with him.

A good crowd set off briskly through the delightful village, Lewis setting a fast pace out front- his usual position, and we all managed to reach half way up the hill before stopping for a breather and to give two walkers time to catch up.

Five beautiful fuchsia ‘trees’ outside house in Myddfai
Catching up !

Following the road we soon reached the stile which we needed to climb over to continue our walk. After climbing the stile we were in a well looked after field where sheep were grazing quietly on the grass.

This land is Llwynywormwood, which is an estate owned by the Duchy of Cornwall (Prince Charles). There are 192-acres but we weren’t going to walk all round it…this time!

Very well behaved sheep

We strolled across the field and crossed a sweet bridge which joined the track leading to the house…which is closed to visitors. We passed the empty sentry box before entering a field of oats and unknown plants!

Moving swiftly onwards we crossed over another path adjoining a paddock where a horse showed interest in us all and then flicked his tail and galloped off!

The geese were rather more accommodating and lined up like soldiers for us on parade. Wonder which one is destined for Christmas lunch for HRH!

Continuing the walk across fields, where the hedges were full of autumn fruits and colours, we eventually reached the road that led back into the village.

Passing some renovated houses that were once the old school buildings we reached the Myddfai Hall https://www.myddfai.org where we all sat outside in the beautiful sunshine and enjoyed a delicious cake and coffee. Thank you Philip and Lewis for a lovely walk.

Earlier in the week I visited the National Botanic Garden of Wales- visited many times before but always finding new things of interest to see and enjoy. I was accompanied by a dear friend who is VERY knowledgeable about all things concerning the flora and fauna of the land.

The Japanese Garden is a favourite of mine.

I liked the way they had left the ‘gone to seed’ lettuce as a decorative border in the veggie plot…I must remember this and use it !

Loved all these plants too so many different shapes and colours !

Everywhere one looked there were vistas to enjoy.

They must have very small gardeners!
An interesting project being conducted in the gardens relating to wild flower seeds

Next visit out was to Dinefwr Park . A circular walk around passing Newton House, along Brown’s Walk , around the lake, down to the boardwalk and back up to have a lovely cake and coffee in the cafe. The walk was to be a gentle introduction to Jim about the benefits of walking together. It nearly went right except for the downpour of rain half way round, the boardwalk closed for maintenance, a locked gate, a fence to be climbed, a lost path, a hill to climb, a stag to avoid…tired legs, aching knees meant that on reaching the car in the carpark…no coffee in the cafe just a swift drive home and no more talk about short circular walks!!

Dinefwr Castle through the rain.

Trying again to encourage more walking out together I embarked on suggesting a visit to Llanwrtyd Wells. This was well received so with the sun shining brightly we set off for a visit to this small town about half an hour from home. Once there we set off walking down a pretty country lane to find the lake! The town is well known for amongst other things Bog Snorkeling Championship and Man versus Horse Marathon. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_versus_Horse_Marathon, it is also on the Heart of Wales Railway line. https://www.heart-of-wales.co.uk

We passed the train station and walked on going under the railway bridge.

Unexpectedly we found ourselves looking at some very interesting climbing equipment set out in a fine parkland…it was an adventure school!

We were very impressed but didn’t wish to try any of them out and continued walking until we came to the lake. Sadly the footpath is not a public one so we had to backtrack a bit and walk further along the road until we came to another entrance . This time we walked right by the lake admiring the swing rope running across it…another adventure activity no doubt and enjoyed the sight of some beautiful red lilies on the water.

Looking in the water…I didn’t jump!

Walking back to town for a quick beer in the pub we passed the stunning red kite sculpture and enjoyed a visit to the Heritage Centre.

A lovely town to visit with lots of interest and very friendly pub and people!

Back home the plants have enjoyed the rain water and now the sunshine>.

But Rufus has found the heat rather too much!

Thank you for reading. Sorry it’s so long but we’ve been busy out and about!

 

September 30th Llanwrtyd Wells Wanderers Walk September 30, 2013

Our Wednesday Wanderers Walk  led us to Llanwrtyd Wells . It’s getting quite tricky to find suitable walks for   us as Jim’s knees can’t stand the  walking! So not a good start really. However, I found a great website  www.leapingstiles.co.uk  with a number of walks which were graded and gave excellent descriptions of the walks.

The walk was as described ‘Easy though can be wet and muddy at times’ .

Walking lets you enjoy the scenery, meet interesting folk to chat to and also one sees the history of the place  at close hand.

We reached the Dol-Y-Coed Hotel building which was originally a country house built in 1537.  When the spas were discovered it changed into a hotel  and was very important in the development of Llanwrtyd  as a spa town.

 

Llanwrtyd is the smallest town in Great Britain.[citation needed] In contrast to its past history as a spa town, when hundreds flocked to take the ‘waters’ for their ‘medicinal effects’, the area is now more well known for its pony trekking, mountain biking, walking and bird watching together with its annual Man versus Horse Marathon, Beer Festival and World Bog Snorkelling Championship. Llanwrtyd Wells' largest employer Charcroft Electronics[8] is located in buildings which were previously the Dol-y-Coed Hotel. The hotel, situated on the banks of the River Irfon, dates from about 1535. Unlike many small towns in rural Wales, Llanwrtyd Wells still has a passenger train service. Heart of Wales Line trains running between Swansea and Shrewsbury call four times a day each way Monday to Saturday and twice each way on Sunday -Wikipedia

Llanwrtyd is the smallest town in Great Britain.[citation needed] In contrast to its past history as a spa town, when hundreds flocked to take the ‘waters’ for their ‘medicinal effects’, the area is now more well known for its pony trekking, mountain biking, walking and bird watching together with its annual Man versus Horse Marathon, Beer Festival and World Bog Snorkelling Championship. Llanwrtyd Wells’ largest employer Charcroft Electronics[8] is located in buildings which were previously the Dol-y-Coed Hotel. The hotel, situated on the banks of the River Irfon, dates from about 1535.
Unlike many small towns in rural Wales, Llanwrtyd Wells still has a passenger train service. Heart of Wales Line trains running between Swansea and Shrewsbury call four times a day each way Monday to Saturday and twice each way on Sunday -Wikipedia

River Irfon

River Irfon

 

We followed the path at the side of the River   meeting flocks of sheep and  seeing   and hearing many different birds.   We reached Llanwrtyd Church, St David’s  and admired the beautiful view of the Irfon valley before we went inside

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Inside the lovely church there was a wooden statue and a recent wooden carving of St David.  William Williams , Pantycelyn the hymn writer  was the curate here 1740 to 1742.

 

This plaque was on the wall with the remarkable inscription.

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I think if you click the picture it will make it bigger to read…I hope so!!

 

 

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We walked back along the other side of the river back into town. We didn’t have a coffee anywhere as it was half day closing!  We saw the huge  kite statue in the centre of the town before we headed home after a wonderful walk.

 

 

 
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