Saturday, 30 January 2016
Getting out for walks again - Part I - Colomendy walk
Firstly, if any of you follow Dawn over on Doing It For Ourselves In Wales blog, she is going to be quiet for a while as a log transporter managed to take out three poles holding the phone lines where she is. Knowing how BT and Openreach have a rather tenuous relationship, and Openreach sub-contract the polework out (we've had folk down from Scotland and Newcastle in the past), she may be gone some time. The goats haven't had their babies yet, and the Alpacas have had to come into the barn to dry off as they have Mud Fever (which is what horses often get - the bacterium lurks in the soil and waits for an oportunity). It has been an exceptionally wet winter (following a summer ditto). I hope to get up and see her next week, so I will keep you posted on here.
As you can see, we had sunshine today. I have finally been able to get back to doing a little walking again. I have done two short walks on Thursday and Friday, so today I raised the bar and took myself out and around Colomendy, which is an hour and a half's walking, with several good hills - including starting off up our very steep one behind the house. This is the view across the Park field.
Looking across in the direction of Dryslwyn Castle at the top of our hill.
Black Mountain in the misty far distance.
Some of a little herd of breeding donkeys, who have good winter shelter and plenty of haylage to eat.
Looking WNW across the valley which runs parallel to ours and goes up to Horeb and then Brechfa.
Looking in a SE direction, the flood plain of the Towy Valley above Nantgaredig. Standard flooding for the time of year.
Of course, there are Snowdrops to be seen all along the lanes now.
Daffodils about to join them - I think these are the little wild Daffodils.
There were quite a few Primroses out too. It's a sheltered lane along by Colomendy.
More snowdrops. I am short on words tonight as I've been awake since 3.45 a.m. this morning so feeling slightly bejeebered. More tomorrow.
The header photo, btw, is half way down the Colomendy Hill, looking towards Merlin's Hill and Carmarthen.