View along the Towy Valley - Paxton's Tower (top of hill, leftish) and Dryslwyn Castle (middle).
I was flattered when these sheep came hurtling towards me, bleating, and I thought I must look like a Person Who Is Nice To Sheep. Then they raced past - they had noticed the REAL farmer approaching in his pick-up with their feed!
The steps up through the woods.
This tree conveys movement - looks like it is late for a party and is running, dragging its skirts behind it!
Above and below - there is something so beautiful about trees in winter. The parkland contains many ancient specimens - even these are several hundred years old and as I walked back across the park I noticed that the biggest were all recorded and had little metal tags stapled to their trunks.
There are many bats to be found in Carmarthenshire. They happily fly into our house should be we negligent enough to leave a window open at dusk. This chart shows some of the species that have been recorded.
Isn't this lovely? I went and sat for a while on the bench you can just see in the picture.
A little of the history of the castle.
As you can see, it was built on an almost impregnable spot - well, from this side anyway! It's nearly a sheer drop to the river valley below.
The Towy Valley looks very bleached by the winter weather, but the green will soon return.
Looking mostly northwards between the towers.
This is definitely a candidate for the double-click, as it's the only way you will see the deer. Yup - those specks grazing in the Deer Park are . . . deer. Fallow Deer. A couple of years ago, my daughter (eldest) and I were involved in an Archaeological Dig in this Deer Park, but our spot sadly isn't in sight in this picture.
I was trying to show the deep rock-cut ditch beside the castle wall - NOT a moat, as they would never have gotten water up this high! As I contemplated it, I was thinking of the weeks and months of work excavating something like this must have taken. I think I shall stop complaining about my aching back just from gardening!
Walking back across the fields of the parkland towards Llandyfeisant Church.