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Blog. Ceredigion Coastal Path

SEPTEMBER 2017

Summer is saying a slow goodbye.

The nights are drawing in, there is a chill in the air at night and the leaves are just turning.

On a happier note the next 2 months are consistently spectacular.

We are still swimming, occasional kayaking and the usual long walks. Our weekend away with the kayaking club was a waste. High winds meant the prospect of a coastal tour was impossible; the wind has been quite frequent the last few weeks.

My vegetables? Have had mixed success. Lettuces were consistently impressive but the runner beans were a bit stringy. A mixture of different types of tomato made each salad a delight. I have now discovered at least 2 pumpkins growing in my veg plot.

Foraging? Can't quite work out this year whether I have missed the blackberries or not. I can't find them in most places & then a cluster that fills a bag. Chanterelles are in an abundance so made a splendid wild mushroom dish with courgettes and whole wheat pasta.



July seems to have flown by

The weather has been fine most of the way.

Swimming in the different bays this year has been a real bonus. The water is almost warm, once one is in and paddles for a bit. Even coming out one is tempted to dive in again. Sunset is the best time. Although the beach café, The Hut, is only open to 7-00pm for tea and delicious ice cream.

My chimney, leaning for the past 50 years +, has decided it has had enough. A 2 metre crack had appeared on the north side of the stack. After an initial panic, I was assured by the local builder it won't fall down ....yet. So, a weeks work of project managing and then serving as a lackey to Chris the builder, he carefully deconstructed the whole chimney and built another. 175 bricks were taken up, I counted them in and I.... Chris, like a African monkey made a nonsense of the height on the platform he had constructed. From my eyes it looked precarious. Chris even built a platform onto the precarious platform - madness.

The work was meant to take 3 days but rows with his wife, the occasional storm and a wasp nest meant it took us over a week. Chris finally finished what I thought was an impressive job, matching the other two chimneys , by crowning the pristine stack, quite literally - come and see.



Blog. Ceredigion Coastal Path

September

Summer is drawing to a close.

The nights are drawing in, there is a chill in the air at night and the leaves are just turning.

On a happier note the next 2 months are consistently spectacular.

We are still swimming, occasional kayaking and the usual long walks. Our weekend away with the kayaking club was a waste. High winds meant the prospect of a coastal tour was impossible, the wind has been quite frequent the last few weeks.

My vegetables? Have had mixed success. lettuces were consistently impressive but the runner beans were a bit stringy. A mixture of different types of tomato made each salad a delight. Now I have discovers at least 2 pumpkins growing in my veg plot.

Foraging? Can't quite work out this year whether I have missed the blackberries or not. I can't find them in most places & then a cluster that fills a bag. Chanterelles are in an abundance so made a splendid wild mushroom dish with courgettes and whole wheat pasta

July seems to have flown by.

The weather has been fine most of the way.

Swimming in the different bays this year has been a real bonus. The water is almost warm, once one is in and paddles for a bit. Even coming out one is tempted to dive in again. Sunset is the best time. Although the beach café, The Hut, is only open to 7-00pm for tea and delicious ice cream.

My chimney, leaning for the past 50 years +, has decided it has had enough. A 2 metre crack had appeared on the north side of the stack. After an initial panic, I was assured by the local builder it won't fall down ....yet. So, a weeks work of project managing and then serving as a lackey to Chris the builder, he carefully deconstructed the whole chimney and built another. 175 bricks were taken up, I counted them in and I.... Chris, like a African monkey made a nonsense of the height on the platform he had constructed. From my eyes it looked precarious. Chris even built a platform onto the precarious platform - madness.

The work was meant to take 3 days but rows with his wife, the occasional storm and a wasp nest meant it took us over a week. Chris finally finished what I thought was an impressive job, matching the other two chimneys , by crowning the pristine stack, quite literally - come and see.



Blog. Ystwyth in the mist

June

First days of Summer.

Much to everyone was delight, the good weather held true for the music festival.

The Fire in the Mountain festival is an annual event in it's 7th year. Immaculately organized in a beautiful rural setting. No obvious advertising around Aber, but it always packed with travellers, week end hippies , hipsters and a few curious locals. Music from around the world to suit all tastes. Workshops, play area for the kids, camp fires and wonderful beer.

The evening are now drawn out in June. Almost a day and a half per day!

Walking home late night from the event , the moon guided my way as I headed home along the bridle way. A mist collected in the valley which I walked through. Quite chilly but the silvery glow and dreamy apparition was beautiful.



Blog. sunset aber

MAY 2017

Time passes .

This is a special time of the year. Nature is so alive, so vibrant. Hard to keep up with all the changes.

The days are now stretching out and we have had 3 weeks of lovely sunny weather.

Outside jobs are easily done as time and light is on our side.

Early lettuces have been a success and the runner beans are already up and running.

The creamy yellow azalea has now blossomed at the top of the garden. In the eve the perfume is almost too much as my mower cuts the grass on picture book sunset eves.

Our local farmer and neighbour, Arwyn, has been ploughing and preparing his fields. We are then spoilt by the spectacular display of red kites swooping down looking for morsels of food the plough has revealed.

May is a busy month here what with the exciting Cycle Festival in Aber and the Fire in the Mountain in the next valley from us.



Blog. Bluebellwood

APRIL 2017

April is one of the more exciting months. It is the month when all of nature comes alive.

Not only the abundance of blossoms such as cherry, blackthorn and hawthorn, but also the trees start to express themselves and so do the beasts of burden.

While the lambs are already getting sturdier and more independent, the calves are now saying hello to the world.

The birds are working hard building nests and nursing their eggs. We have a pair of blue tits in one of the nesting boxes in our garden. I watched one of these birds this morning, nibbling away at the entrance, seems to think it is too small. For whom?

The last week we have had fine weather which has brought on both the lesser celandines, dandelions and blue bells.

The light now gives us and nature more time to think, to grow and to enjoy.



Blog. Blackthorn Blossom

March 2017

Snowdrops in the spinney, daffodils lining the lanes and tiny lambs emerging from the barns. Spring has finally sprung. The days are getting a touch longer but the weather is still a wee bit damp. We had a dusting of snow at the week end and lot more on the tops.

March 1st is, of course, St David's Day, the Patron Saint of Wales.

In the village, we have a Cawl Evening. Cawl was/is a traditional peasant dish of root vegs (pots, swedes, leeks & carrots) with the scrag end of mutton/lamb. So, in the village hall the tables are decked with gleaming cotton white linen table cloths and vases of fresh daffodils.

Once every one is gathered , the Merched Y Wawr, " The Ladies of the Dawn", serve the cawl in large bowls with bread on the side. I feel especially privileged as they serve me a veggie one! Home made apple pie and cream is served after with a cuppa - a grand feast.

At all gatherings like this there is music and singing. This time the National Library of Wales Choir treated us to some hymns, folk songs and, this year, Sibelius!

A lovely evening, even though I still did not win the raffle!

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