15/09/13 14:10 Filed in: Pembrokeshire
Why should people visit Pembrokeshire?
Where can I start? extreme sports - Ironman, Red Bull cliff diving, triathalons, marathons, coasteering, sailing, kayaking, surfing and rock climbing. Stretching your legs on the Pembrokeshire coastal path - all 186 miles of it along our glorious coastline. Who would visit our castles and monuments? we all know americans love castles and have you noticed that Pembrokeshire is being visited by more and more nationalities? This summer alone I have noticed the influx of spanish, indian, french, the Eastern countries, China, Japan, probably Korea and many others, canadians, americans, gosh the list is endless. How good it is for our little corner of the world to be so inviting. For children (and adults), we even have our own theme parks. The beaches in good weather are some of the best in the world and the waters are generally safe for swimming and are managed by our local life guards. Restaurants galore serving food from all over the world including our very own home produced ice cream, cheeses, butter, wine, jams, honey - the list is endless. Accommodation is vast including lighthouses, yurts, manor houses, barns, caravans, camping, hotels, guest houses, apartments and houses. The main reason for visiting Pembrokeshire - escapism! It is an artists paradise, small towns, villages and hamlets, views wherever you go, miles and miles of ocean, countryside and rivers, the Preseli hills and the islands that surround our county. Maybe I shouldn't have written this - we want to keep it to ourselves.
30/08/13 09:53 Filed in: Pembrokeshire
Well, hasn’t Facebook been very quiet, or at least it has for me. Summer has been and the weather has generally been really good so I can understand that everyone wants to be out and about enjoying the warmth and sunshine. One more week to go and the visitors will finally depart from Pembrokeshire, well most of them, children back to school and the season turning to autumn. Can’t wait. I love September. You can walk the dogs without worrying about leaving them off the leads. How many times have I been on the beach and Molly has decided that some sunbather’s socks smell just right and she wanders off with them! How many times have I been on the beach and Molly decides that someone’s towel is very inviting! Embarrassing moments, but I do chuckle to myself. I was brought up in a hotel in Pembrokeshire and oh! how we looked forward to the summer starting. A new season of lovely weather, visitors and fun, but come August, we’d had enough. Working all day every day to please the visitors, smiling and being pleasant - it soon wears off as the summer draws to a close. The summer has brought crowds, families making little homes on the beach with their tents and windbreaks, shops and streets packed so that you have to walk on the road and annoy drivers, revellers being a pain in the butt, peeing in the streets and being sick, late night shouting, arguing and singing as they leave the pubs and head to their destinations - that’s if they get there! Scratched cars and rubbish littering the streets and graffiti left on windows and cars to annoy the locals and let them know that some idiot has some artistic talent! How I love September - roll on winter.
27/08/13 14:59 Filed in: Forests
There are submerged forests in Amroth, Lydstep, Newgale and Whitesands Bay in Pembrokeshire. When the tide goes out, you can sometimes see the tops of trees and stumps that have survived after hundreds of years where there was once land. The preserved stumps are of Willow, Hazel, Oak, Pine and Birch and are rooted in peat levels below the sand. Experts have found remains of animals in the deposits around the tree stumps, including auroch, red deer and brown bear from Whitesands and a pig from Lydstep. Studies of the submerged forests weren’t made until 1913 when Clement Reid, a geologist, published the book ‘Submerged Forests’. The remains could date back as far as 5,000 years.
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15/08/13 15:32 Filed in: Pembrokeshire | County Show
Headed off to Haverfordwest today to the Pembrokeshire County Show. I left it until 10am to avoid the queue’s going in - made the right decision there - the car parks were jam packed. It was really quite exciting, crowds of people and lots to see and do. I had Molly the Cockapoo with me and we stopped to watch the dog agility, great fun jumping over the hurdles, very clever. We watched the goats being showed and the horses in their dressage. There were loads of take away food stalls, usual burgers, hot dogs and other fast food. There were several marquee’s with crafts and other specialised items for sale and lots of individual stalls selling their wares. The main food hall was packed with people eyeing up the home made butter, cider, wine, cake, indian food, herbs, meat, vegetarian dishes and lots of other tasty morsels. The Pembrokeshire Farmers were there and agricultural farm machinery, as it should be in a Pembrokeshire show and there were the large main car dealers, Mazda, Toyota and others showing their cars for sale. Children were included too, there was a small fairground and a children’s craft tent.
I must say though, I was very disappointed. Of all the stalls at Pembrokeshire County Show, the number of Pembrokeshire businesses showing their wares was extremely limited. I expected to see Pembrokeshire produce and local crafts by their dozens - but no! it was like a market that could be attended anywhere in the country. One large marquee was for crafts people, there must have been about 30 or 40 small stallholders. I went around and there was only one, yes one craftsperson from Pembrokeshire in that tent.
Would I go again? yes, if I was showing my dog or involved in farming or horse riding, otherwise no! At a Pembrokeshire County Show, I would expect it to proudly show the wares of Pembrokeshire county - of which there are many.
24/07/13 13:42 Filed in: Skomer Island | Photography | Puffins
Skomer Island is one of the most important wildlife sites in north-west Europe. It has been a National Nature Reserve since 1959 and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It was designated a Special Protection Area in 1982.
Skomer is owned by the Countryside Council for Wales and is managed under a lease by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. A boat service is operated to Skomer Island from 1st April to 31st October from Martin’s Haven near the tip of the Marloes Peninsula. However, the island is closed on mondays, except bank holidays and for a few days in late May for the annual bird count.
The island is a haven for wildlife. Puffins can be seen returning to the island in March and leave in late July, beginning of August. Razorbills can be seen from March to July as can Guillemots. The Manx Shearwater returns to land in March but leaves in September and the Chough lives there all year round. Grey Seals can also be seen for most of the year with their pups arriving in early August to November.
As well as the wildlife, the island has history that is suggested to date back to the Iron Age some 2000 to 5000 years ago. The circular earth and stone banks are the remains of Iron Age huts and there is a group of up to 9 small cairns thought to mark the site of human burials at a prehistoric cemetery. There are 2 Lime Kilns on Skomer, one near the Landing Place and the other up the hill. They date back to the last century when lime was used as a building mortar and fertiliser.
In the centre of the island is Old Farm, a 19th century farmstead. Farming ceased there in 1949. The farm is now used as self catering accommodation for overnight guests.
For more details about Skomer Island, you can phone the Wildlife Trust on 01239621600, email: email@example.com or visit their website at www.welshwildlife.org
Photograph from www.welshwildlife.org
17/07/13 19:14 Filed in: Lawrenny | Cresswell Quay | Carew
It’s so hot again today so off we went in the car, roof down, the 3 of us in a 2 seater (2 humans, 1 dog). Molly enjoyed every minute with her head in the wind. We stopped off at Carew Mill and walked passed the picnic area to the Mill with a beautiful view of Carew Castle. The Mill shop was open but we didn’t go in today, took some photo’s though. The tide was out and the riverbed was just one oasis of mud. This is Carew Mill:
Molly had a good run on the banks of the river, made sure we brought a towel! Got back to the car and headed for Cresswell Quay via West Williamston. The country lanes were so narrow with the overgrowth of greenery, had to reverse 3 times to let tractors through. Some beautiful houses on the way, think I would like to move there! Cresswell Quay was so quiet, one couple sitting on the bench overlooking the quay and reading the daily newspapers. The pub wasn’t open, look all all the barrels outside - empty! no wonder it was closed - thirsty times!
Further along the estuary we arrived at Lawrenny and walked along the shore while Molly had a swim, lucky thing:
Then off for lunch at Lawrenny Quay - great food. Por moi, mediteranean vegetables with humous, pitta bread and potatoes and for him, frittata - reminds me of Spain. For Molly, mix of both dishes: