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
Today we visited The Regimental Museum of The Royal Welsh with the Brecon Beacons Ambassador Scheme.
The exploits of the 24th Regiment during the 1879 Anglo-Zulu War are legendary and remembered in the film Zulu. There is a model of the battlefield which helps explain what they did that day. The museum also has memorabilia from other eras of the Regiment. There is a dedicated chapel in Brecon Cathedral where many of the Regimental colours hang from the ceiling including those of the Anglo-Zulu war. They are a great place to visit on a wet day and maybe finish off with a drink or snack in the Pilgrims Tearooms in the Cathedral grounds.
Today I had a pleasant lunch in the Brecon Tap
This is a local brewery that has opened a bar serving their own beers, homemade pies and nightly specials. It has casual comfy seating as well as stools at the bar. The sandwiches were tasty and fresh served on some very good granary bread. Ideal spot to have a light lunch and coffee in Brecon. It is situated just opposite the Wellington memorial.
Today I visited Aberglasney Gardens just outside Llandeilo to see the autumn colours. This country house dates from the 16th century and has had a very varied past full of highs and lows. Other than an imposing house and gardens it was used to house troops in the war. Sadly it then went into a severe decline and was derelict before being saved by a generous benefactor. Today the restored house and gardens is a pleasure to see. They turned part of the derelict building into the Ninfarium complete with guttering and window frames from the original house as a reminder of how it was saved.
The gardens cover some 10 acres with both formal and woodland settings. There is a cafe serving refreshments and a plant centre. A very pleasant place to visit in the west of the park.
There are so many things to do here from fishing, boating, bird watching in the newly constructed hide or spending time in the cafe. The famous Crannog has been photographed many times but still holds a magic every time you see it. You could spend a few hours or days here to get the full experience of Llangorse Lake.