Well, how did the viewing go you are probably all thinking. This couple were looking at houses all over - Devon, Shropshire, Wales and have no set notion of where they want to be. I don't know if it will be the house which dictates, or the outbuildings (those were an essential) or the area. Anyway, they liked the house, though it was blowing an absolute hooley all the time they were here and rain was being flung at a high rate of knot onto - and into - the walls. We had a couple of leaky moments and I had to quickly go and hide the wet towel from where rain was being blown through a window which isn't as tight a fit as it should be on the side of the house that gets the weather. That will be remedied tomorrow. Anyway, I was incredibly stressed at the end of the day (from other problems I shan't mention) and had to have a brandy shandy to calm me down afterwards. I never want another day like that again .. .
Today we had sunshine and a heavy shower whilst we were out for a walk. We went up around Colomendy to do a wild flower count. We saw Snowdrops, Primroses, Wood Sage, Wild Strawberry, Dandelion, Gorse, a Periwinkle, a Violet, and Red Campion.
The end of the rainbow - wonder if there's any gold up there?
Ivy has been pollinated and set seed.
Looking towards Carmarthen.
Another rainbow, seen as we sheltered from a heavy shower, crammed in a barn doorway with a good overhang.
Flooding of the Towy down in the valley.
The cottage above Colomendy, going to rack and ruin now. A big crack is in the gable end wall and quite a few roof tiles missing off the back.
The first Snowdrops.
Cow Parsley which always flowers somewhere in all but the coldest winters.
The first Primrose.
Looking towards Carmarthen and Merlin's Hill again.
One of the steep fields with a covert of gorse in bloom.
Looking back towards the Brynamman ridge.
First (or last!) Violet. We also saw the first Butterfly of the year - a very hale and hearty looking Peacock.
Towards the mountains again.
The first spring lambs too!
Navelwort growing in a wall.
Wood Sage in flower on a sheltered bank.
Dryslwyn Castle in the sunshine.
Looking up our valley again, and below, across towards Llanfynydd and the Italianate tower of Pantglas (all that remains of the old hall).
Finally a Dandelion . . .So, a good day. A 3 1/2 mile walk and some fresh air and exercise, plus I did some cooking this morning - a beef and sweet potato curry, a huge pan of stewed apple and a vat of spicy Beef and Barley soup.