Wednesday 29 March 2017
A stroll around Laugharne
It was far too nice a day to think of going home early, so we stopped at Laugharne to show Zane round. We got the last parking space in the little car park below the castle, and allowed ourselves to become beguiled by Laugharne's tranquil atmosphere.
Above and below: The views across the estuary are amazing. Probably barely visible on a grey rainy day as Wednesday has brought us here (SUCH a change from Sunday), so it was just as well we made the most of them whilst we could.
As we climbed up towards the Writing Shed where Dylan Thomas worked (and doubtless got distracted by the booze as well as the views), this Comfrey was already in full bloom, much to the delight of the bees.
Above and below is the Boathouse where Dylan Thomas lived out four years of his tempestuous marriage to Caitlin. They had three children (Aeronwy, Llewelyn and Colm). Although he was born and spent his early years in Swansea, his family had Carmarthenshire roots. Llansteffan (which we visit regularly and have done all the time we have lived in Wales) was also a favourite spot of his. It was here that Dylan wrote "Under Milk Wood"
He first visited Laugharne in 1934 and described it as "the strangest town in Wales", perhaps because it was an isolated English-only-speaking town in what was (and still is) a predominantly Welsh-speaking county, and it was also renowned as having more than a few eccentric inhabitants. Visit HERE for a few more details.
A final walk around the town, and a view of the castle from the other side, and a quick photo of the pretty clock-tower, which is approached from the castle along an old cobbled lane.