A hot weekend in Rhayader with outings to Llanidloes and Aberystwth. The important meal of the day, and one of Britain’s most magnificent secret places.
Nature red in tooth and claw.
Our blackbird pair, nesting in a corner of our car port, had been very good parents sitting on the nest for two weeks. On Saturday morning as I was passing the front of the car port the cock blackbird flew in with a beak-full of food,
It’s a great moment when you hear that first cuckoo of Spring, and we heard our first way back on the 17th April. Of course while the first is a joy and a promise of better weather and new growth, it is now mid May and the pleasure has long since dissolved in the endless repetition.
If you saw the TV programme “A Farm for the Future” a while ago, Rebecca Hoskins investigated the concept of the forest garden. In the programme she visited Martin Crawford’s Forest Garden near Cambridge and we saw what our garden could look like.
One of the man advantages of living in the valley is that there is a very active social club. The club organises the November 5th Bonfire and firework display, outtings, and events, and a children’s party.
You would be forgiven if your expectations of shopping in Rhayader were low. It certainly is quite a different experience to shopping in larger towns. We don’t have any of the big chains, but you may be pleasantly surprised by what is on offer.