Hello again everyone,

Well I have been out walking every morning this month with the dogs in Colby Woodlands and have got wet on numerous occasions!!  It has been a disappointing month weatherwise in Pembrokeshire, more like April showers than flaming June, but the countryside still looks beautiful and we don’t have the dry fields and brown grass that other parts of England experience.

Actually walking in the woods means you don’t get too wet as the tree canopy is so good and the birds are still singing happily and squirrels run around just to annoy our dogs Danny and Sam,(I am convinced) and I think this year there are more than I have ever seen.  All the flowering Azaleas and Rhodendrons have more or less finished now but the beautiful copper beech trees and other plants still make Colby Woodland Gardens in Amroth a great place to walk and it is only just down the lane from our self catering cottages that look over the sea in Amroth.  The photograph below of the Woodpecker was kindly given to me by a friend for you all to enjoy. A great shot I’m sure you agree.

Woodpecker feeding young in Colby Woods, Amroth, Pembrokeshire

Woodpecker feeding young in Colby Woods, Amroth, Pembrokeshire

 

Copper Beech trees in Colby Woodland Gardens, Amroth Pembrokeshire

Copper Beech trees in Colby Woodland Gardens, Amroth Pembrokeshire

Some of our guests have gone over to Barafundle Bay today to do a circular walk and on Monday other guests went to Bosherston Lily Ponds to do another circular walk that takes you down onto Broad Haven South beach, which is magical. It is so beautiful over there and despite the showers both families had a great time.

When the sun is out the viewing is wonderful and I can clearly see Caldey Island and the silver patterns on the sea as I sit here in Amroth posting this blog.

Walking to Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire

Walking to Barafundle Bay, Pembrokeshire

 

Walking down onto Broad Haven South beach, Pembrokeshire

Walking down onto Broad Haven South beach, Pembrokeshire

Next week is Pembrokeshire Fish week with numerous events organised. It is a great festival beginning on Saturday 25th June with events in Saundersfoot, Tenby, Solva, Milford Haven, Fishguard, Cardigan, Goodwick, Newport and many other seaside towns. So if you are in Pembrokeshire next week be sure to look up what is happening and try to join in one of the events.  The celebrity chefs Mark Hix and Bryn Williams are joined by 3 other chefs to do a demonstration ‘Five Go Fishing’ at the Torch Theatre in Milford Haven on Wed 29th June and this is a Charity Night in aid of PATCH.  Enjoy the week to those of you who are on holiday Pembrokeshire is fabulous.

News from the Farm

Well the weather has meant that the grass in our fields has grown wonderfully but we haven’t managed to cut it yet as we haven’t had the dry days needed to get it made into hay or haylage, so now we want a few days of sun, please.  The hedges around the fields are now full of Honeysuckle and the perfume in the evening is lovely.  There are lots of Damsons forming on the trees, so hopefully I will be able to make jam later.

Jim, our old pony, is keeping very well but sadly we lost one of our Jacob sheep at the beginning of the month but she was 12 and had had a lovely relaxed life in our fields overlooking the sea at our self catering cottages here in Amroth.  The single hen is still happy, Dick and Harry the goats are fine as are Boots, Charlie and Hannah, the cats, and Danny and Sam the dogs, who keep me fit with all the walking I’m doing!!!!

The veg. patch is coming along O.K. peas, broad beans, runners and french beans, carrots, beetroot,radish, cougettes and pumkins are all planted so I hope to get some crop but we have had plenty of rain but not enough sun or warm weather to bring them on.  However, we will see.

Must away to do some jobs, never enough time in the day

Regards to you all, thank you for reading and to those of you who post comments.  Don’t forget you can follow more regular updates on Facebook (Amroth Cottages) or Twitter (Amroth Cottages)

Have a good week

Ann Green (Amroth Cottages)