Well it doesn’t seem like mid May as the temperatures are still not very high. However it is glorious here at Amroth Cottages today with the sun shining on the sea and if you get out of the wind, which I must admit is cool, the sun is really warm. All our visitors have gone out walking today and it is ideal, bright, clear and dry although some tracks are still wet underfoot.
Guests who stayed with us just after Easter were delighted to see Porpoises just off Amroth beach, when they were walking in the early evening. We often see seals in the bay but the Porpoise is not seen very often, so they were very lucky. The wildlife around Amroth Cottages is wonderful with the Badger frequently seen, the Buzzard circles overhead daily, a huge variety of birds come to our feeders in the garden, the variety of seagulls on the beach, the resident Pheasant and his girls and of course all the wild flowers and blossom in our fields and along the lane leading to our self catering cottages.
The bluebells in Colby Woodland Gardens, the National Trust property in the valley below us, are beautiful this year and the azaleas and rhodedendrons, as always, are wonderful. Sadly there have been a few large trees come down in their woods, in the strong winds we experienced a couple of weeks ago, giving the gardeners work they weren’t expecting. There was a Life of the Tree Event at Colby last week with a wood turner and tree sculptor present. A lovely bench was made out of wood from Colby and this now stands in the walled garden.
Numerous events have been planned in Amroth to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, with competitions for sand castle building, pebble castle building, treasure hunts, beach sports for the children with a BBQ, entertainment, bands and fireworks on the Monday night. It should be great for our visitors to join in and they only have to walk down the hill. Let’s hope the weather is kind.
NEWS FROM THE FARM
Great news is that we have got 4 new hens at Amroth Cottages and they have started laying already. I am not getting many eggs at the moment but hopefully it won’t be long before we can all enjoy their produce. Harry, the goat, is getting used to his life without Dick who died in March and he has become very friendly with our guests, enjoying apples and not being bossed around by Dick. He enjoys Jim’s company but prefers his own shed at night.
Boots, Hannah and Charlie, the cats, are all well and Danny and Sam, our dogs, are enjoying life with us, although Danny could do with being a bit more chilled!!!!
The sheep were sheared last Sunday and have been shivering ever since!!! I have been keeping them in at night as the wind is so cool but they are enjoying the sun this afternoon in the shelter of the hedges. This time last year they were pleased to be rid of their coats but with temperatures so low it is different. Everything is behind, the Ash and Oak trees still not in full leaf and I haven’t even bought my bedding plants yet.
Well some of our guests have just returned from their walk and are about to relax in the Hot Tub, and I must away to walk Danny and Sam again.
Let’s hope we all get warmer weather soon
Ann Green (Amroth Cottages)