Sparrowhawk feeding in garden at Pen y Garn

Sparrowhawk feeding in garden at Pen y Garn

A recent guest at Pen y Garn Cottage, has identified a new bird visiting the garden, which we have added to our record.  The new visitor was a sparrowhawk.  Although this bird is listed in the RSPB conservation as Green, it is no less an impressive sight.  I thought I...

Gorgeous places to picnic on a sunny day

Inspired by and article from Wales Online, here are their suggestions for gorgeous places to picnic on a sunny day.  All of these places are in very easy reach of both Pen Y Garn and 94 High Street, with the added advantage of also being very close to shops selling...

Creepy Carmarthen Tour

I have experienced Nick Brunger’s wonderful storytelling a number of times and going along to his Creepy Carmarthen Tour has been on my list for some while.  I finally booked on to go last week and am kicking myself that I hadn’t done so beforehand.  It...
Gwili Pottery photoshoot at Pen Y Garn

Gwili Pottery photoshoot at Pen Y Garn

Photoshoot in action Totally delighted when Chris Latter from Gwili Potttery suggested they come and do a photoshoot in the gardens at Pen Y Garn featuring some of their floral pottery. What a great way to spend an afternoon seeing some of my favourite pots and a...

Garden in June

The garden is begining to reward us from all the hard work that has been put in since the autumn.  The bed in front of the picnic table had become over run with marjoram, mint and crocosmia  so drastic measures were needed.   We stripped out the whole bed and added...
A Visit to Lammas – One Planet Development

A Visit to Lammas – One Planet Development

The project gained planning permission in 2009 under the enlightened Welsh Governments One Plant Development supporting sustainable rural communities.  There are 9 small holdings forming a community hub and although the project is still developing they have already...

Trailblazers and their Legacies’

The Carmarthenshire Tourism Association’s tour of ‘trailblazers and their legacies’, started at Paxton Tower.  The tower was built by William Paxton who had purchased the Middleton Hall Estate in 1789 and built a neoclassical mansion. Both mansion...
Doctor Who Experience Cardiff Bay

Doctor Who Experience Cardiff Bay

I had been promising to take the ‘children’ to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay for a very long time.  As they are now 26 and 24 I tried to persuade them to go on their own, but in retrospect I am really pleased they insisted I join them.  It was a...

Plas Pilipala ar agor nawr/ Butterfly House now open

Monday saw the official opening of the ‘Plas Pilpala’, Butterfly House at the National Botanic Garden of Wales by Honorary president of the gardens Sir Gareth Edwards CBE.  In his speech the new Garden Director Huw Francis said: “This is a very important...