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April 24 Home and Away April 24, 2018

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View from the garden

Well..  hope that wasn’t it…I mean Spring! The glorious sunshine, the warmth, the buds opening and everywhere greening up …oh it was all so wonderful  while it lasted  but now today it is raining  and the heating is on again! Thank goodness I have my photos to remind me of all the  spring flowers bursting open  in the garden, my Walking Well walk and visits to familiar places with family visitors this last weekend.

 

Driving to Myddfai where our walk was starting took far longer than usual. Traffic  wasn’t allowed on the main A40 road  as a sink hole had appeared! The detour took us through a small, local  village and the queues were very long with  huge lorries having to navigate  carefully through the narrow roads.  It should all be fixed in 10 days!!! After the late start,  with the sun  shining,  we all set off on our WWW  through the lanes around Myddfai  and  across the fields of Llwynywormwood, the estate owned by the Duchy of Cornwall.

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We crossed over pretty bridges  and enjoyed  seeing DSC07390

all the wild flowers growing along the banks, especially the violets, celandines  and primroses.

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As Prince Charles wasn’t at home the sentry box was empty! Discussions were held on who should be  Christopher Robin  and Alice!

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Fair do’s  to Philip, the path was a lovely one with only one wet spot which was easily avoided!

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Delicious coffee and cake were the order of the day at Myddfai Hall and Visitor Centre. Thanks Philip for another lovely walk.

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The National Botanic Garden of Wales    is a great place to take visitors as there is so much to see and do there. In the largest single-span great glasshouse in the world  there is the largest collection of Mediterranean plants in the Northern Hemisphere. The flowers looked at their best.

A visit to the Edwardian pharmacy is  a must when at the Gardens. I love looking at all the bottles and packaging of medicines and recalling some of them from my youth! I might have to bring my tube of Savlon here soon. I had a rose thorn in my arm  recently and reached for the Savlon and oddly read the sell by date…October 1993…anyway it still works so I’ll keep it! DSC07476DSC07473

In the Apothecary’s Hall   there’s an excellent exhibition of patchwork plants.

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There is always something new  to see in Plas Pilipala (Butterfly House).

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No guessing who this butterfly was trying to imitate and frighten off its enemies!

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Another day of visits took us to Laugharne and Dylan  Thomas land!

 

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Great to see my friend’s painting of Dylan for sale in  the house.  Jayne Russell 

In the house there was a new exhibit made by Itchy  Fingers Textile Group and very good it was too!

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After a tour around the house and reading through all the poetry  books  we headed to the coffee room and enjoyed a morning coffee with  slices of bara brith….very tasty!

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The rain was holding off quite well but after another short amble through the village we headed for Brown’s Pub  and sitting under the photograph of Dylan and Caitlin we enjoyed a delicious lunch and cocktail (Penderyn gin and vodka!) …a lovely  light headed end to a day out!

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Back home although the lawn is drying out…well it was until the downpour today …the borders have been looking rather desolate  and bare. However, with the sunshine  everywhere perked up  and  started looking bright,  purposeful  and  beautiful.

There are the usual visitors in the garden  a pheasant that races through the borders and a very patient  and stoical Mrs Canada Goose, who is sitting  on her eggs on the island in the pond.

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The lime tree looks stunning as it comes into leaf and its base surrounded by celandines.

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Not surprisingly the bog garden is  thriving  but getting rather too wet!

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Despite all the recent wind and rain the blossom is steadily appearing on the fruit trees and thinking positively  the trees may benefit from this extra dose of rain today! Fingers crossed!

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January 27 Visiting Prince Charles’ Estate January 27, 2017

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Now the title may be a bit over the top but today’s walk did take us through the beautiful estate of Prince Charles!  Again, the weather was very pleasant, chilly but dry,and  considering it’s the last weekend in January  we felt very fortunate not to be soaking wet and knee deep in snow! Our  Walking Well group met up in Mydffai Visitor Centre carpark to begin our trek through the Llwynywormwood ( Welsh: Llwynywermwd) estate owned by the Duchy of Cornwall.

DSC07648.jpgWe set off through the village passing the beautiful church and all the lovely cottages accompanied by a wake of red kites flying low overhead and looking very interested in all we were doing.

DSC07649.jpg Sadly my  photos don’t show the red kites at all just specks ..but they were there…honest!

DSC07657.jpgLooking back down the  road there were  beautiful views  all around  showing the  magnificent Brecon Beacons.

DSC07667.jpgApparently this is a broadband box! Here it is right out in the countryside bringing high speed broadband to all…not to our house yet but we wait in anticipation!

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Stepping from the road over a stile onto  the Duchy of Cornwall land the views are more parkland and all looks smart and tidy even the sheep!

DSC07677.jpgIn the distance one can see the residence of Prince Charles- an old coach house   which has been restored and renovated in traditional style. He wasn’t at home!

DSC07679.jpgThe old, deserted, derelict  and now quite spooky looking  country house that  stands nearby  was the home centuries ago of a relation of Ann Boleyn. The estate was also linked to the Physicians of Myddfai , the 13th century healers , who lived in the area  and maybe they used the wormwood plant , which grew on the estate, which in those days  was used  as an antidote to poison.

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We followed the well worn path down over a stream  and through some fine gates   and passed some lovely trees.

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Prince Charles must enjoy honey on his toast as there were a number of bee hives tucked away in a spinney and surrounded by some structural dead hogweed plants.

DSC07688.jpgOne doesn’t usually come across a sentry box in the middle of  a walk but alas there wasn’t a sentry  on duty so we passed by without giving a password!
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DSC07714.jpgA walker with the group gave me some much needed advice on  taking  photos   and  using the  photo software to change colours etc- which is why there are now black and white photos on this post…tah dah! Never too old to learn  but unfortunately too old to remember!

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Post boxes are fascinating- there they are stuck in a hedge on the side of many country lanes and emptied by the postman usually twice a day except Sunday and they are a heritage that should be protected. This postbox had an unusual cipher on the box and I looked it up and it is the cipher of King Edward V11 1901-1910. Over hundred years old and still standing upright and tall  very guard like. Maybe it should be placed in the sentry box!

DSC07734.jpgEvery good walk with friends ends with a coffee and cake. Today was no exception. Myddfai Hall has a wonderful cafe with all sorts on offer soup, jacket potatoes  and of course the yummy cakes! There’s also an amazing shop with Welsh gifts, ranging from jams to paintings. The free range eggs sold there are the tastiest ever – that’s supper sorted tonight then!

 

July 25 Open Garden at Gelli Mydog July 25, 2016

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It doesn’t seem long ago since I was writing about the first NGS  Open Garden Day  at Gelli Mydog , near Myddfai. This time the sun wasn’t  shining all afternoon but that didn’t stop the beauty of the  garden  sparkling  through  for the many visitors to enjoy all that the garden offers.

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DSC05314-1Keith and Moira  from Cilgwyn Lodge were also at the garden selling their wonderful plants.

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DSC05341As previously the teas on offer were delicious and there were many hands to help out.

DSC05290-1Another lovely day out at an interesting, developing and beautiful garden. Looking forward to returning there next year to see  how the garden has blossomed!

 

 

June 11 Gelli Mydog-NGS Open Garden June 11, 2016

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It’s that time of year again when gardeners open their gardens for charity (NGS).  Everyone enjoys seeing other gardens rather than their own to  gather in new ideas and, of course, sample the delicious teas that are usually on offer.

Last Sunday, I set off to Myddfai and just beyond  the village found the beautiful garden of Gelli Mydog. It was a simply beautiful , sunny  day and perfectly  suited to walking round a  hilltop garden with stunning views in every direction.

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DSC04239This was the first time  the 2 acre garden set in 9 acre grounds had opened for the NGS. One of the many wonderful features in the garden was the newly completed stream side and pond  gardens next to the  buzzing wildlife meadow.

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Together with the many attractions around the garden there was also the  draw of seeing Keith and Moira  from Cilgwyn Lodge Gardens selling their  beautiful plants.

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There were pretty places to sit , relax, unwind and enjoy the views and the beautiful  flowers.

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DSC04283-1The gates will be open again into this magic garden on Sunday July 24 (12-5). I think I’ll have to visit again as the  tea and cakes were as scrumptious as the garden!

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July 7th Walk to Llwynywormwood Myddfai to see Prince Charles but he was Out! July 7, 2014

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Another sunny day so the Wednesday Wanderers  (4 of us!)  left our car at the Myddfai Community Hall & Visitor Centre

http://www.myddfai.org   and  walked from Myddfai taking  the Llandovery Road  to Llwynywormwood, the Welsh home of Prince Charles .  Myddfai is a delightful village with a  wonderful history:

The Lady of the Lake and the Physicians of Myddfaihttp:

//www.breconbeacons.org/lady-lake-physicians-myddfai

The Carmarthenshire village of Myddfai could perhaps be the birthplace of modern medicine. According to legend, a dynasty of herbalists known as the Physicians of Myddfai lived and worked here in the 11th and 12th centuries. Some believed they had magical powers.
Anyway, we left the road and crossed over the fields following a well worn path  dodging  our way between some friendly sheep. As we approached Llwynywormwood , we passed a ‘sentry’ box!
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Continuing along the path we  arrived at the House which was beautifully situated   in the folds of the hills with views right across the valley. The front porch was adorned with roses( I didn’t take photos as it felt too intrusive to lean across the hedge and stick my nose into their garden!)  We did pass right by their ‘barn’   and followed the path into the meadow which surrounded the house.
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The meadow was delightful humming with bees and fluttering with butterflies- there were numerous orchids and all kinds of wild flowers. We had just one  common spotted orchid in our ‘meadow’ so to see so many grouped together was  very special.
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We  completed our walk through the fields and back onto the road passing directly behind Llwynywormwood- sadly Prince Charles was not at home to offer us a cup of coffee. So we headed back to the Myddfai Visitor Centre where we enjoyed a look around the shop and then  had a delicious scone and coffee break to end another wonderful Wednesday Wanderers Walk.
 

 
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