Tag Archives: open countryside

Eclipse under a blue sky

Wales was beautifully sunny today, bright and ready for the partial eclipse.  Being a squirrel, I had a pair of cardboard eclipse dark shades from 1999 – found them on a  windowsill, proving myself brighter than Squirrel Nutkin at finding … Continue reading

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Garth mountain footpath at sunset

What could make a better end to celebrating International Women’s Day than a sunset walk on the slopes of the Garth? Looking west before we walked cross-field along the old favourite path 66, the same view looks different with more … Continue reading

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Winter sun on the Garth

Low winter sun makes for long dark shadows on hillsides and even startling coppery colours on birches.  Moments to be seen and captured in memory. Today, my horse had another day off in the field while I tried (and mainly … Continue reading

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A walk up Ysgyryd Fawr (Skirrid Hill) before dinner

The Skirrid or Ysgyryd, apparently from old Welsh for split, cloven or shattered, is a lovely climb for hot summers, and ideally followed by a cold drink and excellent meal at the Walnut Tree Inn with good friends. There was … Continue reading

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Cloud inversion in the Taff valley

Last week, we had a morning cloud inversion along the valleys: this photo is over the forestry on the Garth towards Cardiff.  I rode down through the cloud and it was clear at the bottom. At the other end of … Continue reading

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“Avoiding common poisons” – a talk for horsey people

Last week, there was a good turn-out at Tonteg community centre for a vet’s talk about how owners can avoid their horses suffering from poisons.  The British Horse Society organised the evening and David Agnew provided the expert information. Many … Continue reading

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Winter comforts for horses

I ride my horse most mornings, and leave his stable ready for the evening when he comes in from the field.  Early evening, as the sun is going down (or earlier if it’s dull), the horses come in for the … Continue reading

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Skies over the Garth mountain

A big moon to the south-east, and pink skies to the west reflected in puddles, were better than these scrubby phone pics after I brought the horses in tonight.  

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Kilvey Hill and a chance to dedicate restricted byways

This is sad, of raised and then dashed expectations: it also has a silver lining of new beginnings. As previously documented (here on 25th April 2013, 14th December 2012, 30th September 2012 and 21st April 2012) and on Kilvey SOUL … Continue reading

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Caergybi (Holyhead) to Caerdydd (Cardiff) by bike

This evening, beyond the sand “beach” and sounds of the fair in Cardiff Bay, Ross and Gareth completed their 263 mile bike ride from Holyhead.  They had a champagne celebration at the Celtic Ring which marks the Taff Trail beginning. … Continue reading

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