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November 30 Dinefwr Walk and Picton Castle Visit November 30, 2018

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How does he do it?? Amazingly Philip organised this week’s  Walking Well Walk around Dinefwr in the dry …again! All week we have endured rain and gusty winds and today’s forecast was none too good -that is until we all met up with Philip IMG_1353IMG_1354 at Home Farm, Dinefwr in Llandeilo and the sun came out and shone brightly to greet us all!

We set off at a steady pace  and came to the winter quarters of the white cattle, who had just been fed their breakfast and all seemed very happy. Across the fields  we could  see the rest of the herd in a field. These were the youngsters and there isn’t enough room for them in the winter quarters so they have to stay out in the open. Seems a bit unfair when Christmas time usually means  there is a home in a stable somewhere for them!


We followed the path  through the woods but there was no sign of the deer.


Passing Newton House we noticed the ‘turrets’. Apparently the National Trust has replaced them after they had been removed years before….I like them!

Slowly but surely the fairies and elves  that reside in Dinefwr  seem to be growing in numbers and their homes are becoming more prominent and numerous. Elf and safety inspectors are watching the situation carefully!

Outside Newton House there’s a new member of the staff and she looked magnificent in her willowy way.


Our circular walk continued …in a circle! We walked  through the fields  with views of the distant castle  and followed the path down to the water meadows.


We were accompanied as usual on our walks  by some very friendly  dogs, who are always welcome at Dinefwr when kept on leads. Their owners are very pleasant too!


Set by the church wall is a well used watering place for all the animals  and views over the fields can see why they are called the ‘water meadows’ .


Our walk took us past the beautiful church which needs  lots of care and renovation work…let’s hope it gets all the support it needs.





Spotted by my friend in the corner of the graveyard was this  amazingly beautiful tree in full blossom… which season is it?!


After crossing the newly built bridge which replaced the old one we crossed the fields back to Home Farm.

The weather gods congratulated us all  by adding a beautiful rainbow in the sky to end our walk…thank you Philip !


Earlier in the week I visited Picton Castle, near Haverfordwest for a day out with the gardening group. Sadly, the weather gods weren’t with us…(where were you Philip?)… and on arrival at Picton we were informed that no-one was allowed in the gardens due to the wind and danger of falling branches! However, we were booked in for a tour of the castle, which was all decked out in lovely Christmas decorations reflecting the theme of ‘The Nutcracker’.


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After the tour we enjoyed a tasty lunch  before we left for home…earlier than anticipated!

Back home the birds continue to enjoy all their meals and the sheep continue to enjoy eating all the grass!



Very noticeable this year is the large amount of Christmas  events going on locally. It’s very hard to support them all but do you know…I’m going to give it a try!! Enjoy the fun!


November 21 Walks and Out and Abouts November 21, 2016


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.


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.


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!


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.



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.


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.


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


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!




May 26 Out and About May 26, 2016

All of a sudden we’ve had a few pleasant days and dare I say even warm days. So the time has been spent in the garden still clearing weeds, planting new plants   and getting the vegetable plot in order. Sadly, the scaffold planks that we used 8 years ago to make raised beds   have  now had it and we need to replace the rotten timbers. This will have to wait until next year when Jim’s knee is  totally mended.

DSC03678-1The moorhen   chicks are still growing stronger and bigger.

DSC03700-1The Canada Geese parents are very vigilant and keep a sharp eye on their growing goslings. However, there was a panic the other morning when the parents were agitated and  calling for their young  who seemed to have all disappeared. We looked everywhere but could see no sign of them or a fox! Suddenly the parents took off and flew over  into the next field and  within twenty minutes they walked with their goslings back into our field. We do not know what happened to separate them all but hopefully it won’t happen again.

On a visit into Carmarthen  to order a pair of prescription sunglasses for me we called into Origin  http://www.origincarmarthen.co.uk/ to see all their amazing art and craft, followed by a visit to  The Greenspace Gallery on King Street, where we enjoyed  a great coffee and scone.




Dorothy Morris , the artist, had been to Malawi to see the batik painters and brought back some of their work which was on display. 20% of the sale money  will  be given back to the workers by Dorothy.

Later in the week we called into Llandovery to do some shopping and enjoyed a lovely coffee and cake at The Old Printing Office  http://www.theoldprintingoffice.co.uk/ only after we’d finished did we discover they had a delightful outside garden with chairs and tables to sit in – so next time we’ll be outside!



Whilst we were in town we sneaked in to see the newly refurbished The Bear .

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The Bear used to be  just a pub but now it’s  a place to eat, drink, shop and sleep and it looks amazing!

Yesterday with the weather set dry but very cold  I set off with pals  from the Gardening Club to visit Picton Castle  about an hour and a half drive away.

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The colours of all the azaleas and plants  were beautiful  with breathtaking vistas wherever you looked.

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After a tasty coffee and an absolutely  delicious slice of yummy rhubard cake , followed by a crumbling fresh scone with jam and cream,  we returned to the coach, laden with plants  and returned home tired but happy!

To complete a lovely day Rufus and Holly had a play in the garden DSC03866-1

DSC03887-1and Holly showed off her new drinking bowl!



November 22 Christmas at Picton Castle November 22, 2014

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The sun was actually shining as we arrived for our  annual visit to the Winter Fair at Picton Castle.  As usual we headed straight for the castle  before the crowds arrived so we were able to wander through the magnificent building unhindered by other guests! The decorations throughout the castle were amazing as usual. Every room , every Christmas tree, every display showed the hard work , effort and care that is taken to make visiting the castle such a wonderful experience- a true festival of the senses. The small string orchestra playing in the hall in front of the blazing log fire set the scene  for the whole house…it was all magic! P1040921-1





Added to the splendour of  visiting the castle there was the pleasure of walking around and  seeing the many stalls.   There was a  beautiful  display of cloisonné jewellery  made by Annette Gardener             http://www.kittiwake-enamels.co.uk    which I particularly loved!



All this to enjoy and it’s open tomorrow too!



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