Monthly Archives: August 2011

A windy day from The Knap to Rhoose

We went for a coastal walk, starting near Barry on the green lawns at The Knap, going down to the beach and trying to listen to the wind-up radio to catch Manchester United demolishing Arsenal.  It was too windy to … Continue reading

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Pencoed Growers

Most Thursdays, I collect my order of vegetables from Pencoed Growers, off the Felindre Road and near the sadly abandonned Dragon Studios.  Yvonne and John have been organic growers for many years, and Yvonne produces fabulous cottage garden flowers.

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Burrows Court Farm in Gloucestershire

Yesterday my horse and I went in a friend’s trailer to Burrows Court Farm in Gloucestershire, which is about an hour and a half from here near North Nibley.  It is close to the Cotswold Way along the scarp above … Continue reading

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Rhondda-Cynon-Taff Equestrian Trail

I’ve seen the proposed horse trail from Dare Country Park to Pontypridd – it’s fabulous although a bit far for me to ride my horse.  Groundwork and Briars Bridleways have been working on this: they have a last minute glitch.  … Continue reading

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Swarming bees – wrong time of year, apparently

A knock on the door, and it’s David the local Beekeeper (he also used to do the tastiest fish’n’chips before he retired).  A swarm of bees has decided to form an amazing dense hanging mass in our magnolia tree (it’s … Continue reading

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Footpath 65: ragwort alert

Recently, there was a “Ragwort Awareness Week” because the weed can cause serious liver problems in some animals.  Horses are susceptible.  This is some ragwort west of Footpath 65 which has been allowed to proliferate.

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Footpath 63 – a permissive diversion perhaps

I did a bit of footpath checking today as part of being the OSS local correspondent. Footpath 63 starts on Heol-y-Parc and is waymarked through the garden of one of the new houses which replaced the Jones’ 400-year-old cottages and … Continue reading

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