November 17. 2017Just north of us is the Hafod Estate which is recognised as one of the finest examples in Europe of a Picturesque landscape. Its most celebrated owner, Thomas Johnes (1748-1816) laid out its grounds in a manner suited to displaying its natural beauties in sympathy with the 'Picturesque principles'. Today it is a series of fabulous circular walks, varying in length along tracks around the estate. W...[More]
September 21. 2017Well, summer has now gone and we are preparing for winter. We have at least two hedgehogs who nest in the garden; we've seen them many times through the year on our night-time wildlife camera and various guests have spotted 'the big one' trundling through the garden at dusk John has just made a cosy house from logs and slates in the bottom garden close to where one nested last year so hopefully it...[More]
August 29. 2017Well the poppies I started to grow months ago have, at last, started blooming!! they look even better than I thought they might. Summer here hasn't been the hottest on record but the intermittent rain has meant that we haven't had to water constantly. We have put in lots of new trees and perennials and they have all survived. Unlike the courgettes; they have been ravaged by slugs. I have been leav...[More]
July 25. 2017After missing out on taking any photos of any wildlife recently - camera never to hand - I just managed to catch this as it sat basking in the evening sunshine. We've been out today looking for a site for our owl box. It looks as if there's a precarious jaunt up a ladder for John in the near future but I'll make sure I have the camera to hand for that one...
June 18. 2017Since we moved in, there have been reports of a Golden Eagle, named Eddie, of course, who lives nearby. After a recent guest spotting him, our efforts to see him have doubled - binoculars trained on the hills opposite the house whenever there's a bit of sunshine. Yesterday was the day he decided to make his appearance and, wow, he really is a big 'un! All the locals said, don't worry you'll kno...[More]