Samstag, 4. Juli 2015
Today I take you with me on a hiking tour around Castle Carreg Cennan in the middle of Wales. Have you got your walking boots on? Okay, then let's go. The weather is great... that may look otherwise on the photos, but believe me it is a lovely 20 degree (I'm melting here in Switzerland by 35 degree *uff*).
Below the castle is a cave. You can rent a flashlight by the café, so that you can walk into the cave... what we did, of course. Okay, I confess, when it got darker I became afraid and walked back to the light, while my hubby discovered the cave closer. By the way, the castle was built there because of this natural cave... but honestly, I don't understand why, because the cave doesn't lead anywhere. So it wouldn't help as a escape tunnel. Well, I don't have to understand everything, do I? Maybe they just used it as a cellar.
After we had visited the castle we went on a 2,5 hour hiking tour around the castle.
At first the path leaded us through a beautiful wood of oak trees.
Then we crossed the Cennan.
From where we had another view to the castle.
We walked up the hill again to view back to the castle. The head cinema run quickly, when we imagined how life must have been there at earlier days.
Again and again we crossed sheep pastures. I loved it.
We met funny wooden monsters. If I had had the time, I would have loved to write a fairy tale about it spot on. But... who knows, maybe I'll do it later on.
LoL, yes, one has to watch out not to get wet feet.
Yummi... after that tour the big slice of rhabarber crumble cake was really deserved. Peter wasn't sure about it, but after seeing me enjoying it that much, he had to take one for himself too... but with cream and warmed of course :o).
Beim nächsten Mal (sofern ich nicht von der Hitze dahingerafft wurde) geht's dann auf eine Wanderung im Golden Valley. Nah, seid Ihr wieder mitdabei?
Next time (if the heat hasn't melted me) I'll take you on a hiking tour in the Golden Valley. Will you join us?
Ich wünsche Euch allen ein kühles Plätzchen und ansonsten gut schwitz!
I wish you all a cool place and otherwise sweat well!
Mittwoch, 1. Juli 2015
As I promised, I'll take you with me, into the first public garden we visited in Herefordshire: Brobury House.
That's quite an entrance,isn't it. Would look nice at our home, too :o).
This sambucus nigra already caught my eyes when we drove into the parking and I saw him many times more during our trip. It was love at the first sight and therefore, as soon as I got home, I ordered it at a nursery. Since this morning it stands ready to plant in our garden, but it has to wait until the weather is less hot and dry.
Brobury House impressed me with its old and beautiful trees. I've never seen before such big flowering dogwood.
A beautiful big oak tree. I often ask myself, what those old trees might have seen during the time.
From a garden bench we enjoyed this view over a border of Scabiosa (I guess, it was Scabiosa, but I'm not sure) to that stone wall, which was overgrown by white roses. What you can't see on this picture: from the wall splashes water into a pond... very romantic. Behind it, you see the white top of a marquee. They were preparing a wedding. What a lovely place to start a live together.
Brobury House was built 1881 for a Mr. Houghton from Manchester. Not bad, isn't it? The room in the tower would be my writing room... yes, and then I woke up from my sweet dream.
I'm always attracted by copper beeches in english gardens. They are so beautiful and somehow creepy, too.
Now we get into the part of the garden I like most: the water garden.
I could stroll on such secret path for hours. It's so peaceful.
Grumble, I was never good in taking pictures on sunny days. Don't like the glare.
The Wisteria was nearly faded, but the smell was still lovely.
The combination of copper beech and this delphinium is great, isn't it?
Those supports for plants are a great idea. I'm gonna do that in my garden too, but probably not as skilfull as they did.
After visiting the garden, every sew addicted woman should go to the little gift shop, because in the back of it there is a fabric shop. Could I have left this house without those beautiful rose fabrics?
Or could I have left those delicious muffins behind me? Of course not!!! My hubby waited in the garden until his wife had got her "drug". Further on at this day we received a very special treat... but more of that later... my sewing machine is waiting for me.
En liebe Gruess u e gueti Wuche / Best wishes and have a great week
Sonntag, 28. Juni 2015
In Herefordshire, close to the Welsh Border, to be precise. I know, I know, this may sound a bit exaggerated, but if you love animals and if you are looking for peace and quite, you couldn't find a better place than at the Bumble Bee Barn from Judy and Collin.
The converted barn was beautiful decorated and we felt immediately at home.
Yes... LoL... and even my beloved bathtub with lion feet wasn't missing.
The weather was very kind with us, so that we could use this gorgeous terrace everyday. Only once it was a bit too fresh to sit outside.
In the morning, the girls were already waiting for us... or should I say for their second breakfast :o).
Hehe, they kept a close eye on us.
But we loved their gentle cackling and we already miss it.
Isn't that a lovely view?
On the farm there are ten dogs living, but all (except one, who you will meet later on in this post) small size and very friendly. You don't hear or see much of them. Only this sweetie and...
... this little sun worshiper showed up sometimes and enjoyed being cuddled.
Attention, we get visitors. It was really funny to watch the runner ducks, who sometimes walked by softly quacking, when they went together on a short trip over the plot.
Hihi, aren't those pigs cute?
As soon as they spotted me at the fence they came running along and enjoyed some pats.
Collins proud: his Herefordshire cattles.
This herd belongs to the farm as well.
Relaxed Stan and I became immediately friends... he absolutely loved it, to be snuggled ... so he was my snuggling pony :o). Stan of course isn't a pony... no...
I guess, he would pull a face if he could hear what I just wrote.
He's a real handsome guy with beautiful boots.
Of course, you have already guessed it: Stan is a gorgeous Shire Horse. I would have loved to take him home, but I guess that would have brought me in serious trouble with the couple and their kids.
But there are downsides in the paradise as well: This was all that was left from one of the guinea fowls. The rest was an early diner for a fox. We saw him in the afternoon chasing a chicken, which we could save by chasing him away, but it seems as if he had returned later on. Sadly for the guinea fowl.
But back to more beautiful things: A special treat for me was, that Judy allowed me to make pictures from her lovely private garden. Come with me and have a look:
Oh and this furball that got into the photo, is the dog I mentioned before. The only one that is a bit bigger than the others but friendly as well.
By the way, Collin built all those walls by himself. I asked him, where he did learn that skill. "Oh, I just did it", he said. "We have enough stones here. The only thing we're missing is time." Well, that problem sounds somehow familiar to me.
Jetzt nehm ich Euch noch mit über die Felder zum Pub, das nur 15 Minuten zu Fuss entfernt ist: Das Bridge Inn.
It's a dream, isn't it? However, now let's walk down the hill, over the meadows to the Pub, that is only 15 minutes away: The Bridge Inn.
We did not just love the ale and Cider, no the food was great too. The Pub lays very idylic at a little river and tables invite guests to sit outside. It was funny, how we were immediately spotted as the "new" in the village. It didn't last long until a man stood at our side to ask where we came from and where we were staying. You easily get in talk with people, that's completely different from here in Switzerland. I liked it.
Those two were residents from the Pub.
hier tun. Hmm, das hätte ich jetzt wohl nicht verraten sollen, den mein Liebster und ich wollen ganz bestimmt an diesen Ort zurückkehren... und das lieber gestern als morgen *seufz*.
Judy und Collin: Herzlichen Dank nochmal für alles! Der Kuchen war köstlich und wir haben die Zeit bei Euch sehr genossen. Ihr habt wirklich ein Paradies erschaffen und uns ist klar, dass da viel Arbeit, aber auch viel Herzblut dahinter steckt.
If you are know interested to rent the barn for your own Holidays, you can do it here. Hmm.. not sure I should have shown this to you, because we want to return at this lovely place by ourselves ... rather yesterday than tomorrow.
Judy and Collin: let me send you big thanks for that unforgettable time and the cake, which was so delicious! You really did create a paradise and we know for sure how much work and heartblood is in that plot. We will return, that is for sure. My hubby wants to see the spitfire barn ;o). Take care.
Habt alle einen schönen Sonntag und beim nächsten Mal geht's dann in den ersten öffentlichen Garten
Have all a lovely Sunday and the next time I'm gonna show you the first public garden.