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February 9 Walk Around Dinefwr and Coffee at The Works Vintage Cafe Llandeilo February 9, 2018

Woke up this morning  and looked out  the window over our garden  towards the   snow clad Carmarthenshire Fans  and saw  and heard the  …  wind, rain, sleet and noisy hail. After  a phone call from a walking pal  we were undecided whether to attempt our Walking Well walk around Dinefwr Park as everywhere looked bleak. My pal lives a few miles up the hill  from us where it’s  colder and  in her garden there was lying snow and potentially more to come. With black clouds overhead and dressed in full waterproofs I decided to have a go and see what it was like at Dinefwr Park and whether Philip’s remarkable run of ‘good’ walking weather would hold true today!

Honestly, how does he do it? Cold and damp it may have been but the sun came out, the blue sky appeared   and off we went! DSC05979

We all set off  from the carpark at a steady pace getting warmer by the second. It was noticeable as we went though the woodland area how may trees had recently been uprooted.

After climbing up a number of steps  it was lovely to see a mat  of snowdrops ( not enough to call it a carpet) flowering amongst the curled autumn leaves. Even some daffodils  were peeping through too.   Taking a photo of anything interesting is always handy and a great excuse to catch one’s breath!


As we emerged from the woodland we saw Newton House in the distance. We followed the pathway over the fields towards the castle and kept up our steady walking speed. I think we were all loving the walk, the views and the company but were mindful of the fact that all that horrid weather wasn’t far away!

DSC05997DSC05987DSC05999DSC06002We overtook a group of nordic walkers…to be fair…they were standing still and doing their pre-walk warm ups. We decided that although it is good to have a warm up before any exercise to get joints and muscles moving, doing warm ups  as well as a walk  might just  be too much exercise for us!

Hope these tree roots are strong and hold these wonderful trees in place for many more years




Stopping to take photos of Newton House, Paxton’s Tower on the hill  and the deer meant that I fell behind the group so I had a bit of a jog to add to my exercise to catch up with the others!


Carefully avoiding a tractor carrying a load of turnips I caught up with everyone just in time to see the White Cattle being fed in their winter quarters.



You could  hear them nomnomming  away and  see them enjoying their treat with their head and horns buried in their hay.


The kites and buzzards were also enjoying the sunny spell and were heard calling in the blue sky above.  The black spot is a kite not a fly on my lens!

Following the potholed muddy track …well it wouldn’t be a proper walk without some mud… we  made our way back  to ours cars. A  3 mile walk …well nearly…in dry conditions…don’t know how you do it Philip but thank you again. DSC06026DSC06027DSC06031DSC06032The Vintage Cafe, next  to the garden centre in Llandeilo was todays choice for our  after walk refreshments. The coffee and cake were all delicious  and the icing on the cake was enjoying seeing all the beautiful  plants that are  for sale in The Works Garden Centre.

DSC06034DSC06036DSC06037DSC06039Now this is what my photo of a kite should  have looked like! This print is  by artist Kathryn Harvey  for sale in The Vintage Cafe. DSC06044


October 25 2013 David Cowdry Aberglasney Exhibition October 25, 2013

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Yesterday was the last day of David Cowdry’s Exhibition in Aberglasney so after our session at Gelli Aur Art Group a  few of the members went for a last look at David’s amazing art work.


It has been a wonderful exhibition  with many of the paintings showing red dots  which means that David is happy and so too are the  fortunate folk who have bought his work.


We’ll all have to wait until 2014 now to see his work again   when he opens the season again in Aberglasney.

Mind you a little bird told me that David  just might be getting  his own  website in the future. That will be wonderful!

After visiting the Exhibition we decided to go to the Vintage Café in Llandeilo for lunch . We all enjoyed a delicious lunch and a long, long chatter! Next to the café is a lovely garden nursery just full of autumn plants waiting to be bought.



Such a great way to spend a day with friends: painting, observing, eating, laughing  and chatting! What a life!


January 10 2013 Vintage Cafe and Our Garden January 10, 2013

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Enjoyed a lovely morning in Llandeilo’s new cafe with friends. The cafe is behind the Works Antique Centre and the Nursery and is aptly named The Vintage Cafe as the seats are Lloyd loomish comfy cane chairs, jazz playing on the record player and classy displays on the wall of pencil prints and paintings. So what could be better than a morning out browsing around the antiques and around the plants in the nursery and then completing a perfect outing with hot baguettes, salad and loads of coffee and lots of chat in great company!



Yesterday when I returned from our walk around the Park I took some photos of the plants in the garden…spring is around the corner…I’m hope!




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You might well be wondering why I have uploaded so many photos…well…it’s because I’ve just found out how to do it on this ‘new’ WordPress!


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