Last week we had a long weekend here in the UK. M and I woke up on Saturday and the conversation went something like this:
- we have nothing planned
- no, isn’t it what you wanted
- yes…. why didn’t we go to Wales?
- because we didn’t get ourselves organised
- shall we go??
- yes, let’s see if we can book the tickets
We did manage to get train tickets (and seats) to Carmarthen for Saturday afternoon. I managed to squeeze lunch with a friend beforehand, the above is Gail’s brioche with fruit compote, delicious.
We got on the train and a couple of episodes of Sopranos and 2 sandwiches later we got off in unusually sunny Wales. I always enjoy the train ride from Swansea to Carmarthen as the train tracks go along the beach, in the evening when the sun sets it is pure magic.
We stayed with my mother-in-law where the nights are quiet and dark. A perfect rest from the city life. She fed us amazingly well too.
We didn’t do much. On Sunday it rained a little so we put our Wellies on and went foraging for food in the fields. We came back with a decent amount of Damsons and hazelnuts. This must be one of my favorite pastimes (yes, I am a country girl at heart).
The Damsons were turned into jam and the hazelnuts are drying. Pretty good result me thinks!
The afternoon brought sun and we went for a walk round fish ponds. The nature is Wales is breathtaking.
I could totally adapt Hugh F-W’s lifestyle treading through fields and woods picking mushrooms, herbs and wild edibles.
We saw this beautiful sunset from the kitchen as we had our dinner.