Lletty's Blog

Croeso! Welcome to Lletty Cottage a lovely five star holiday cottage for two in Carmarthenshire. www.llettycottage.co.uk

September 4th Catch Up Time! September 4, 2018

http://www.llettycottage.co.uk

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.

DSC00004

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.

DSC09539

Visiting Dynevor Castle:

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

 

DSC09621 (1)

DSC09626 (1)

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!

DSC09637 (1)

DSC09641 (1)

DSC09673 (1)

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.

DSC09677 (1)

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.

DSC09767 (1)

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

DSC09775 (1)

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 !

DSC09838 (1)

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!

DSC09942 (1)

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!

DSC09965 (1)

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

DSC09972 (1)

DSC09978 (1)

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.

DSC00062 (1)

DSC00055 (1)

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!

DSC00077 (1) DSC00094 (1)

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!

DSC00104 (1)

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

 

DSC00116 (1)

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

DSC00128 (1)

DSC00129 (1)

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.

 

April 30 Dinefwr, Bluebells and Geese April 30, 2016

 

First job of the day  was to check on the Pond Field to see if the Canada Geese and goslings have  managed to get through the night safely without any mishaps. All was well!

DSC03251-1 DSC03256-1

DSC03259-1 The goslings are only two days old and already  quite  able to forage for themselves  but stay close to mum and dad!  The ‘dad’ chased away the moorhen , who had only come to say ‘Good Morning!’

Two minutes later the parents collected the goslings and two by two they marched them off away from Pond Field  to a new home three fields away!  They do this every year  and we can only think they are going somewhere quieter without moorhens, lambs and cats to bother them!

DSC03262-1 DSC03292-1

The lambs  are as cute as ever.

DSC03248-1 DSC03269-1

DSC03272-1       DSC03283-1

Rufus is still trying to organise them!

DSC03243As it was a dry, sunny  but chilly day we thought a ‘brisk’ walk would be in order. Jim’s  knee is not quite up to ‘brisk’ yet but it’s getting there…when the swelling goes down!!

Dinefwr Castle and Park http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dinefwr   is less than 10 minutes drive away from  home so in no time at all we were on our walk to  check out the bluebells. They  are  just a few days away from   being fully open but the view of them ‘blueing’ up the woodland was beautiful .

DSC03299There are many magnificent oak trees around the parkland – how many mysteries have they seen?

DSC03305-1Turn the other way from this view of the bluebell woodland and you see Newton House  and in front  the White Cattle  enjoying  a morning snooze.

DSC03317Continuing our  circular walk  we passed banks of primroses  between the  woodland bluebells and saw  some White Cattle close at hand!

DSC03321

 

 

 

DSC03326-1

 

Finally we  completed our walk back in front of Newton House. We went for a quick  look around the House  at all their  amazing  displays and   room settings  and then  enjoyed a well deserved cup of coffee!

DSC03336

On returning home we met our cottage visitors, who also had had a very pleasant  day out. They had visited  Laugharne,  Pendine ,Saundersfoot and Tenby- so very busy  too!

Not to be out done we too have bluebells in the garden , not as  stunning as Dinefwr but getting there and admired by Rufus!

DSC03342                                DSC03345-1

 

 

**** 9pm – just writing this and the light is going fast  but guess who has returned to the Pond Field…the geese…all numbered and correct! *******

 

July 17 New Computer! Visit to Garden with Sculptures July 17, 2013

It’s HOT, HOT, HOT and I’m trying to get to grips with a new computer! The computer is fine but it’s me finding out how to use Windows 7. It might not seem very different but lots of programs look very different using this Windows! Even this blog page is looking strange and I’m worried that I might press something and delete the whole thing!

The weather is certainly taking its toll on the gardens.  I’m spending over two hours every evening just watering the borders and the veg patch. Seems a shame not to do it when effort has been put into raising plants from seeds…gardening is supposed to be relaxing!

Best thing about this proper summer weather is that visitors to the cottage are really enjoying themselves visiting places especially the seaside. Tenby and Aberaeron are still the most popular seaside resorts.  Recent lovely visitors took our advice and went to NT Llanerchaeron followed by a visit to the wonderful fish and chip shop at Aberaeron harbour …delicious!

Last week instead of a Wednesday Wander with friends we had a Sunday Special  and  we visited a garden in Ffarmers near Llanwrda owned by Martin Duffy and Angels Farquharson. They are RHS Chelsea flower show award winners.

DSC08926

DSC08933

DSC08934

DSC08935

DSC08940

Seeing such a range of beautiful sculptures  in a wonderful garden was a special treat for a Sunday afternoon.

 

 

June 13 2013 Tenby Here We Come- Rain or Shine! June 13, 2013

We have family staying with us on holiday at the moment and we decided that whatever the weather we would go to Tenby today!

Morning didn’t start well….rain….rain and more rain!  But we set off by 10am and I promised everyone that we would see the sunshine sometime during the day  so I didn’t even take a rain coat!

I was regretting that decision when we drove into the empty car park at Laugharne and watched the seagulls taking cover under some boats as the rain was coming down particularly heavily at the time!

Not one to let a spot of wet bother  me I encouraged the family out of the car and made a mad dash up to Dylan Thomas’s house. We enjoyed a  warming coffee and cake before we went back through the quite empty streets to the car.  http://www.dylanthomasboathouse.com/

DSC08532

DSC08537crop

Next on our day out we left Laugharne and  continued on to Pendine.   Pendine  has a  wonderful Museum of Speed. 

Pendine Museum of Speed

Pendine Museum of Speed

Explore the history of Pendine’s ‘Sands of Speed’ in a dramatic building overlooking the beach.

At the heart of Pendine’s Museum of Speed is the area’s past as a centre for attempts on the land speed record, most notably when it was broken in 1924 by Malcolm Campbell in his V12 Sunbeam Bluebird at an average speed of 146.163 mph.

Campbell was to break the record on three separate occasions on Pendine’s long sandy beach and there were many endeavours to usurp him. In 1927, Parry Thomas was killed trying to beat Campbell’s new record of 175mph.

Pendine Museum of Speed

‘Babs’, the vehicle in which Thomas made this attempt, was excavated and fully restored and now takes pride of place during the summer months among other record breaking vehicles and racing memorabilia. The museum also shows historic motor bikes.  Taken from:

http://www.discovercarmarthenshire.com/heritage/speed-museum.html

 

DSC08556crop

After a quick and windy short walk across the beach we at last headed towards Tenby and SUNSHINE!

DSC08561crop

DSC08571

The town was buzzing with holiday makers all out enjoying the sun wearing their shorts and T-shirts and  licking icecreams…it’s  like an alternative world! Tenby just over an hour away from home and it’s totally different!

DSC08637

DSC08662

The old lifeboat station newly renovated into a residential property was having all the supports painted quickly before the tide came in!

DSC08669

The new Tenby  life boat station.

DSC08670

DSC08684crop

See!  I said there would be sunshine at Tenby…Mums are always right!

 

 
%d bloggers like this: