Visited Westonbury Mill Water Gardens today. There are a surprising number of small gardens tucked away that are open to the public. This is a little further afield but worth a visit if maybe combined with a drive through the black and white houses route around the outskirts of Leominster. The gardens are built around the water ways of an old water mill. There are 3 follies all very different and built by the owner once he had learnt the various skills required! He sells the plants and has a cafe serving homemade lunches and snacks
The Green Man Festival is held on the Glanusk Estate every August and runs for 3 days. It is not just a music festival as there are many other activities for people of all ages including a special arts and crafts area for 13-17 year olds.
If you fancy camping without the hassle there is Hotel Bell Tents or Tangerine fields both with your accommodation already and waiting. Of cause you could choose to stay in the comfort of Aberyscir Coach House and take the short picturesque drive to the estate each day.
The festival comes to a close at midnight on the Sunday with a firework display and the ceremonial burning of the Green Man and this year a Dragon as well.
This year Brecon Jazz returned to the streets of the town like it used to be a few years ago. It was held in several indoor venues as well as this stage outside the newly refurbished Wellington Hotel and a similar one outside the theatre.
The weather was quite kind and the atmosphere in the streets was carnival like.
In addition the Brecon Fringe has also grown taking place in many of the pubs and clubs in the town. So if jazz is your thing why not make a note of the date for next year 10-12th August 2018.
The Elan Valley is just 22 miles from the coach house over a glorious mountain road. It consists linked dams and lakes supplying water to Birmingham. The dams in full flood look like a series of waterfalls flowing down the side. The area is a haven for wildlife.
It is also a very good place to view the night sky with no light polution being so remote.
We were also very lucky to come across one of the sheep roundups. Approximately 4 times a year the hill farmers get together and round up all their sheep from the hills. On this occasion it was to shear the sheep. It is quite a sight to see man horse and dog working together and a few quads but that is progress?
I spent this morning at Ty-Mawr Kitchen Garden on the Get Growing course run by Rae Gervis. The 3 hour course aims to show you how to get the best from your kitchen garden sustainably and organically. Rae’s depth of knowledge was extensive and even if you are not totally organic there were so many ways to improve what you are doing.
You come away from the course full of ideas and inspiration and in my case some different veg plants to try growing.
There are several different courses run throughout the year which would make a great green fingered gift for somebody. You can also buy the produce Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 4pm.