Monday, 28 September 2015
Solva in the sunshine
Today we had some sea air as we had to drive down to deliver a table to a lady in Pembrokeshire. We had a lovely talk with her about local artists, local history, ghosts, life in general and then headed back to Solva to get some lunch. What is it about the English who are so tolerant and polite at times, to the point of stupidity? Well, that was us today. We decided to have a bite to eat at a little cafe beside the car park, as they offered fresh fish and chips, and our experience of seaside fish is that it is normally very fresh. Well, the nearest thing to fish and chips on the menu was seabass, as a main meal! We decided to opT for crab sandwiches (me, although I shouldn't be eating shellfish, but the rest of the menu was extremely dairy-heavy) and OH just wanted a BLT but without the L or the T! No change there then.
Well, first of all the crab was off - fair enough, you have to have a fresh catch of crab and obviously they hadn't had one. She offered smoked salmon and a rocket salad sandwich. I didn't like to say I shouldn't have smoked fish either, so I went with that and we sat down with our drinks. We thought we had our sandwiches when the young lad bought two rounds out and gave them to us, but no . . . they were the cheese and chutney for the table behind us. A table of 6 ladies who were there before us got served, then food started to go outside - several platefuls, and as only one couple had been out there when we arrived, we twigged we had been forgotten. By this time half an hour had passed (I said we were over-tolerant!) I mentioned this to the lad who promptly came out with our sandwiches - OH's stone cold congealed bacon WITH Lettuce and Tomato so wrong on every count, especially the stone cold bit! I ate mine and OH got a refund and when we got back to the car, made do with a melting chocolate bar I had bought him earlier on.
Anyway, then we decided to walk along the harbour and I was pleased to find it had been yarn-bombed! My husband was most perplexed and couldn't understand why someone should do this!
We went a little away along this inviting path, only to find that it went onto the coast path towards St David's.
The harbour mouth was just so inviting, so we retraced our steps and walked along the beach on the far side, past 4 or 5 old lime kilns, and onto the beach. There was a southerly wind and it felt like mid-summer and I really didn't want to leave!
Taking photos was difficult as the sun was in the wrong place, but I got some nice sunlight-on-water effects, along with what appears to be a thumbprint on the lens . . .
Looking back across the estuary to Upper Solva.
Looking back towards Lower Solva and the harbour, once a thriving place, as the board below tells you. I would have loved to have done a long walk round there (I had the Pembrokeshire Walks book in the car today), but it was 2 p.m. by this time, so we went on to Newgale Beach instead (tomorrow's post).
We should come down to Pembrokeshire more often but St David's is 1 1/2 hours I think from home, and we would need to have an earlier start than today.