Yesterday was my birthday, and I always like to celebrate it with a day out somewhere, a special meal (at home) followed by a bottle of wine (usually red). Yesterday was no different . . .
Here we are on the road between Cynwyl Elfed and Newcastle Emlyn, close to the turning to Tanglwst.
I would love to support wind turbines and wind farms as an alternative energy supply, BUT quite apart from the fact they are totally inefficient and have to be backed up by conventional power stations at all times, they are a blot on the landscape and wreck areas - many of outstanding natural beauty - in their construction, not to mention their impact on wildlife and anyone living near them. Wind farms need pylons (cheaper than burying cables) to take the electricity to the national grid. This has another detrimental effect on the landscape. For a discrete area and small locale of dwellings, they can work, but NOT to supply vast cities and populations. Denmark, Germany and Spain have all tried it and have NOT made any real impact on reducing reliance on traditional power sources such as gas, coal or nuclear power, nor reduced carbon emissions . . . Right, I'll get down of my high horse now.
Above and below, the beautiful Presilis in the distance. In the bottom picture you can see cairns as well as rocky outcrops, not unlike the tors of my beloved Dartmoor.
Carn Ingli (the Mount of the Angels). After our Finals at Uni, a group of us "mature students" climbed up and sat amongst the rocks, drinking champagne. Happy times.
Of course, there was an antique shop involved in the equation. This is one we have been to regularly over the years, and is run by a knowledgable couple who actually know what they are selling, and its value. Unlike the multi-trader "emporiums" where everyone is trading in "stuff" (mostly china), frequently don't know what it's worth and put a high price on because they are either worried they may sell it too cheaply or just want to try and fleece a gullible (and equally ignorant) Joe Public. I . . . may . . . have bought some books here . . . Well, no may about it - I got a hardback copy of Thomas Hardy's Under The Greenwood Tree (I am trying to replace my old paperbacks with good hardback copies), a Folio copy of Flora Thompson's Lark Rise (lovely old photo illustrations), and a big hardback book of the first 4 Poldark novels. All for £10 . . .
My OH walking back to the car park with the books past the pretty cottages of Newport. Apparently it's desirable with Londoners now, so prices have rocketed.
I was trying to get the ancient castle walls to the right of this lovely house, but obviously didn't!
Above and below, Carreg Coetan Arthur. Now in the middle of a small estate of bungalows . . . In one of my archaeology books there are some photos of this stone with a strange light anomaly. It is a Neolithic dolmen or burial chamber and had a cremation and sherds of Beaker and Grooved Ware pottery associated with it.
Then it was time for some proper sea air, and we walked a short stretch of the coast path.