Leaping into 2018 was our granddaughter on Amroth beach. What a great start to 2018 with a walk on our local beach, just down the hill from our self-catering cottages here at Furzewood farm in Pembrokeshire. It was then back up the hill to Amroth Cottages, for breakfast and then back down the hill to watch the Amroth Dippers taking to the water for the annual New Years day swim. There was a great turnout of swimmers, 45 I think, and lots of people supporting them for the charity Amelies Rainbow. There was also a huge swim in Saundersfoot, just 4 miles along the beach, where there were over 2000 taking part. Well done to everyone, it was great that the sun was shining and we all admire your efforts and the money that was raised for various charities.
Saying goodbye to 2017, we hoped we had said farewell to the storms , as although there was no enormous damage, Storm Brian threw rocks onto the road and covered the walkway
Wales has named 2018 the Year of the Sea and what a great area Pembrokeshire is to get involved in all that there is on offer around the coast. There are boat trips to Caldey Island from Tenby, just 6 miles from Amroth Cottages or if you fancy mackerel fishing you can take a boat from Saundersfoot harbour. There are also the islands of Skomer, the home of the Puffins, Skokholm for other seabirds and wonderful Ramsey Island and boats for these islands go from Martins Haven or St. Davids. Boat trips are also arranged for Dolphin and seal watching or you can take a trip to Grassholm island to see hundreds of Gannets .There are lots of adventure schools for kayaking, paddle boarding and coasteering or of course you can just enjoy all the wonderful beaches and rock pools from Amroth right up to Cardigan bay.
We have several spaces in our cottages (even for the summer holidays, which is very unusual!) so why not have a look at our vacancies posted on each cottage page and come and enjoy all that Pembrokeshire has to offer. Walking on the beach and watching the sunrise is something very special.
News from the farm
Well after some very windy weather, when the poor hens lost the roof off their house, we had to replace the whole house and Mike also built them a little shelter. They were not impressed to start with but soon got used to their new accommodation!
Sally and Harriet, the goats, are fine but prefer being in their house when the weather is windy or wet. This is a photo of one of our young guests helping to feed them and giving Sally a stroke.
The sheep who were grazing on our fields have now gone home for the winter but they will be back in the spring, which will be lovely. The hedges have been cut and now I am busy with spring cleaning in the cottages.
Hermon and Hannah the cats are both well and Asti is enjoying her daily walks on the beach or in Colby Woods, next to Amroth Cottages, now that she has recovered from her 2 operations to have titanium plates fitted in both her back legs. A very expensive dog, but worth every penny!!
Happy New Year to you all and if you wish to see almost daily updates of Amroth and the area, you can visit my facebook page https//www.facebook.com/AmrothCottagesPembrokeshire
Ann (Amroth Cottages at Furzewood farm)