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October 5th Llanstephan Walk, Tenby Visit , David Cowdry Exhibition October 5, 2019

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Twenty one intrepid walkers arrived in Llanstephan carpark, defying the oncoming Lorenzo storm, to start a special autumn Walking Well Walk. Philip had emailed the night before to say the walk might take place …or not…depending on the forecast…which had threatened strong winds and rain. No message in the morning so headed off to the beach, which is about an hour’s drive from home.

Although overcast it was dry as we headed off up the track towards the castle. Bypassing the castle entrance we followed the track which was covered in fallen autumn leaves, over the fields, passing pretty cottages, quiet farms and flocks of black faced sheep.

We followed a lovely path where a large stone wall ran along one side and in the middle of the wall was an unassuming gate. Philip kindly pushed the stiff gate open and revealed steps leading down into a tiny stone alcove . Carefully climbing down the slippery steps we turned and saw St Anthony’s Well in the corner. It was very quiet and calm in this secluded hollow and very still.

On the wall there was a plaque :

St Anthony’s Well: St Anthony of Egypt ( circa 251-356 AD) the first Christian hermit, had a powerful influence on the Celtic Church in South Wales. According to local tradition, a Welsh hermit Antwn (Anthony), who had taken the name of his great Egyptian predecessor, settled near this spot, probably in the sixth century AD. It is likely that he used water from the well to baptise coverts to Christianity.

Rejoining the path a peep over the stone wall revealed a lovely private garden with a stream racing through the green glade.

The bottom of the path brought us to the sea edge where the tide was still racing forwards.

It wasn’t time for a walk along the sands yet as the track led onwards and upwards around the top of the headland.

We skirted round fields where there were more sheep and we passed a most handsome bull who was safely behind an electric fence! Thank goodness!

We reached the top of the headland and had a wonderful view across two estuaries…the Taf and the Towy.

Following the coastal path we headed back down onto the beach where we were going to walk around the headland on the sand. However, the tide had not retreated enough and the sand was very soft so some of us decided to take the high road over some rocks and others the low road across the quicksand! Happily we all met up later without any incidence to anyone.

Some taking the low road!
Some returning from the low road and joining the rock road!

Our planned picnic brought us together back at the carpark. We all had enjoyed our special outing and ate our picnics under the shelter by the sea. Some picnics were very well planned with a stove and kettle brought. Thank you Philip for all the planning and Juliet for the idea.

Earlier in the week we had a day out in Tenby. A day of delight in sunshine and enjoyment and as the majority of summer visitors had left it was quite empty and perfect!

We visited the Tenby museum and saw a number of paintings by Welsh artists.

How Tenby used to be. Many of the walls are still standing.
View from museum window

Leaving the museum we followed the path around to the Lifeboat station and listened to the waves crashing on the rocks below.

After lunch we walked through the town and down into the harbour.

As the tide had gone out we went across the near deserted beach and enjoyed the sunshine on our backs and looked towards the iconic view of Tenby harbour.

On the way home we called into Wiseman’s Bridge, a favourite beach, and had a coffee and cake!

Even earlier in the week the weather was totally different! Rain, rain and even more rain had caused the local roads to flood and animals in the fields left searching for higher ground.

These cows had found a drier spot!

Before the rain we enjoyed some beautiful autumn mornings in our garden with mists in the valley and bright sunrise skies.

My friend invited me to join her at the Botanic Garden of Wales where she is a conservation volunteer. It was a very instructive, interesting and lovely visit seeing all the work they do recording what happens to certain trees through the seasons, the pollinators on different plants in the borders and noting the lichen growth on specific trees. Thank you Marie!

Nothing to do with conservation but very interesting too! A film crew were in the Great Glasshouse preparing to film!

There were some very large fungi..that’s my boot!

Back in the garden things are still growing…it’s all the rain and a bit of sunshine! These two are in the greenhouse!

Last evening it was the opening night of David Cowdry’s exhibition at Aberglasney. It was brilliant. His paintings are wonderful and everyone said it was his best exhibition ever…we say that every time! I had his permission to post these photos. Visit if you can it’s well worth it.

I like bulls behind electric fences and in paintings!
Spot the nuthatch
Spot the kingfisher

Hope you’ve survived this topsy turvy weather! It’s pouring with rain outside as I write this and the heating is on…maybe we’ve missed autumn and gone straight into winter!! Oh No!

Thank you for reading.

 

March 30 Visitors: Hello and Goodbye! March 30, 2016

We’ve had  a splendid three weeks with plenty of toing and froing of  lovely visitors! Visitors to the cottage, friends  to show us their motor bike and side car  and family  with their two year old twins over from Canada for a holiday.  It’s been a very  busy  and happy time. 2016 march david holiday 093

We’ve played in the garden, visited places  and  had a jolly good time everywhere. The weather has been very kind to us and although it’s been cold there have been glorious days of sunshine so the visits to the beaches and castles have  been  even more special.

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A visit to Folly Farm http://www.folly-farm.co.uk/  was most enjoyable and the penguin enclosure the greatest hit of them all!

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Along with the lions, camels, giraffes, zebras etc. to see  there is a  walk through aviary with the most beautiful birds  on display and enjoying the free flight that all birds should have.

DSC02613-1Folly Farm isn’t just about the wonderful animals there are some very exciting  and interesting play areas too!

DSC02657Who’d have thought that in the middle of March we’d be on the beaches of Saundersfoot and Wiseman’s Bridge enjoying the sunshine, building sandcastles and eating fish and chips!             http://www.visitsaundersfootbay.com/

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Meanwhile playing in the garden was fun too!

We all went away for  a few days to Arundel.  A delightful town  with a stunning cathedral and lots of quaint streets with tempting shops!

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Whilst Peppa Pig World called the younger members of the family Jim and I  visited Sammy Miller Motor Cycle Museum   which was hugely enjoyable !    Loved the Vincent! http://sammymiller.co.uk/ 

DSC02726On our return  we visited Llanstephan , we played on the beach  and walked up to the castle   and   climbed the turrets!

  http://www.castlewales.com/llanstef.html

 

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DSC02838Over Easter our other grandson came to stay and we all had fun on the field racing up and down….well I watched the racing they did the running!

DSC02866-1After all the activities over the last three weeks the most fun seemed to be had helping to clear the leaves in the Pond Field and wheeling the wheel barrow round the pond!

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Now alas the visitors have all left and the house and garden are all quiet and empty. Thank goodness for the garden – there’s lots of work to do  and this weekend we are looking forward to welcoming some more visitors to Lletty Cottage- so it won’t be quite so quiet after all!

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