Thursday, 20 September 2012

The sun follows the righteous

according to our Saundersfoot landlady, Mavis. We were expecting rain by now but the day broke bright and sunny once again on Wednesday so we headed to Tenby's South beach.

It was just after high tide when we arrived - no possibility of walking towards North beach.

Ron offering his ball to 'the bear'

View from our chairs.
After a long walk during which Ron met and played with lots of 'new friends', including a bear of a dog with whom he really wanted to swim, we put out the chairs beneath the tail gate and had morning tea with Welsh cakes.

Pendine Sands

A bank of heavy grey clouds saw us packing the car and heading towards Pendine Sands (once the home of the land-speed record) and Laugharne where we hoped to find Dylan Thomas' house.

Laugharne Castle

We made a couple of purchases at the car boot sale in Laugharne Castle car park, noting that the car park was prone to serious flooding at high tide.

We then set off in search of Dylan Thomas' house, though we soon discovered it was his Boathouse that was in the town, not the house where he'd been born. Walking across the estuary walkway, we found that the way to the Boathouse was up a very long, steep, staircase.

We made our way back to the car and drove to the nearest point above the house. But we were disappointed to find that there was a similar long, steep, staircase down to the house. We came across Thomas' 'writing room' that was accessible without any stairs.

I'm finding Pembrokeshire challenging because of my knee. There are very few car parks close to the places we want to visit and we had to cancel our proposed trip to Caldey Island. Getting to the ferry is difficult and the Monastery on the Island is a long walk uphill from the landing stage.

Bara Brith (speckled bread)

Despite this, we've enjoyed the beaches and the weather has been exceedingly kind. Add to that the introduction of MWNN to Bara Brith and this has been a rather good week in Wales, despite knee problems.