Thursday, 27 September 2018

St Ishmael's and a stroll on the Ferryside beach

I'll start with a pretty reflective photo taken from the beach at Ferryside today (in wonderful sunshine!) of  Llansteffan, the other side of the River Towy.  I liked the way the big white house on the hill reflected in the puddley-sand.

We started at St Ishmael's Church, between Ferryside and Llansaint. We had gone there to check out two bits of early medieval sculptured stones (lettering) which were built into the wall, but darned it we could find them!  "Low on the South Wall" is not very helpful . . .  Here are lots more photos, far better than I could take which will give you a real feel for it.  Sadly the door was locked so we couldn't go inside.  

Arrow-slits for defence?!

The stoop for Holy Water inside the tower.

Wonderful 18th C sundial at the entrance to the Tower.

Poor soul - just 14 years old and he died on Christmas Day 1830 . . .

I included this one because I thought she had a lovely surname.

Then down to the beach at Ferryside, where the sea fret was taking its time leaving.

The castle just appearing through the mists.

When we first got to the Church you couldn't see across the Estuary at all.

A better photo of Llansteffan Castle.

More Llansteffan reflections.

How's that for a lovely place to sit and read or craft?

White Egret, possibly Large.

The end of Pendine beach just coming into view.

More gratuitous reflections . . .

Finally, I was very curious as to what was going on over on Llansteffan beach and it looks like dinghies had been launched?  No sign of them anyway.

I just HAD to share this with you as it was SUCH a lovely morning.  I hope a little of the atmosphere shows in the photos.


  1. Well done with your photos. Atmospheric yes!

  2. None of your lovely boats whizzing about though. Just very peaceful and SO hot!

  3. Your wonderful photos make me so happy.
    On my first trip to the UK I took my book/map of castles and tried to see as many as I could.
    Thank goodness on later trips I made sure I walked to and around as many more as I could. I can not walk anymore so I am so happy I had the chance to do that.

    cheers, parsnip and badger

  4. Oh such lovely photos.

    God bless.

  5. Lovely photos and the reflections are brilliant. Odd to see so many cars and trailers all at once. A puzzle for sure - who? where? why?

  6. Another interesting church :) Love the beach photos - so atmospheric. It looks a really lovely day out.