Welsh Cottages and harbours …

18/10/2016 § 4 Comments

Pembrokeshire Cottage

Pembrokeshire Cottage Abercastle

Pembrokeshire Cottage - Abereidy

Both J1 and J2 are here in the UK for a week or so.  J1 having returned from Thailand for the school holidays and J2 inbetween various trips here and there.  It’s great to have their company and listen to their banter – their conversations are always hilarious as they are both great mimics and have inherited their father’s black sense of humour and quick wit.  We took a trip to Wales so they could both spend a few days with their grandfather – my Dad who is 91 in December.

A jaunt to Pembrokeshire on the most perfect day last week, had me clicking away at some beautiful coastal cottages – I just love that pink roofed little home and the russet walls and cemented roof of the little house.  My grandfather’s home in Trefin used to be the village Post Office where my great aunt was postmistress and her sister ran a smallholding with a few cows, some hens and ducks …

Trefin, Pembrokeshire

My father remembers spending his holidays here and being sent out to the village pump to fetch water for his grandmother.  His best memories though are of Withy Hill, a small farm up a long and fairly inaccessible lane a few miles from Trefin, where his mother’s parents farmed.  The Withyl, as it’s affectionately known nestles into the landscape and we stopped, as always, a few fields away where the road takes a turn and if you stand on the gate, you can look over and see the farmhouse roof …

Withy Hill

We had lunch in Trefin, where the locals at the village pub still remember his family, and then on to Porthgain where slate was quarried and tunnelled out through the headland.  My grandfather, as a young man worked at the quarry and is in this photo (Dad has an original copy) …


in the 2nd row from the top, in the middle, is a young man in a cap with a white muffler and a stick – this is my grandfather in 1908.  The local pub The Sloop, has walls full of photos of barges lined up in the small harbour at Porthgain, waiting for the slate to be brought through the tunnels on little trains.

Porthgain harbour

Porthgain harbour

Just over the headland from Porthgain is a little cove called Abereidy.  The headland bears the scars of the slate industry – abandoned quarry workers’ cottages and industrial buildings.  But one amazing result of blasting to extract slate – when the quarry closed, they blasted out the tip of the headland to let the sea into the quarry – and it’s formed The Blue Lagoon – the colour is incredibly blue and caused by chemicals in the water which is over 25m deep and extremely cold (so I’m told)!

The Blue Lagoon, Abereidy

The Blue Lagoon, Abereidy

After our Pembrokeshire day, we jaunted all around some local towns – Newcastle Emlyn, Cardigan, Lampeter and Aberaeron – I treated myself to some yarns and can’t wait to get started on some awesome wool from the local country market – the same stall that I bought this wool from a couple of years ago and made this shawl.

So now we’re back at home and by the end of the week it’ll be just me and the collies – and Flora Puddleduck, of course.  Back to Skype calls and emails as they explore the world and tell me all about it!

The new studio is coming on fast and I’ll soon be able to share some photos of it, all clad out and with a pretty tiled roof.  In fact, I think I’m creating my own little cottage-like structure right here – I just need a view of the sea!!!

Have a great week.



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