We are here, Ben slept most of the way and completely missed the rain. He woke up briefly to have a sniff round and water a weed or three when I stopped at Newtown to fill up with petrol. I also filled Ben up with food and water, I may have had a delicious hot sausage roll.
We made excellent time till we hit resurfacing works on the A487, 40 minutes of sitting still, creeping along, a quick surge and back to sitting still, we may be going home via Camarthen.
This what we found,
It may be right on the pavement but there is parking at the side, I am off to Cardigan soon so did not bother to park up, the road is very quiet.
The owner was waiting for us to arrive, she left a welcome pack with bread, butter, strawberry jam, tea, coffee, sugar and a fresh Bara Brith from her mornings baking, I had 2 slices with 2 cups of tea, I could not have made better. The red bag is my survival kit, a bottle of water, a bottle of squash and a bar of whole nut chocolate. Ben has one with water, dish, Bonio and Shapes.
As you can see the kitchen is well laid out and in the cupboards and drawers is everything that I will need. In fact before I leave I will be booking for 2 weeks in September.
Just a quick look at the sitting room and the rest will wait till another day.
The cushions look as though they have been refashioned from cardigans, very trendy. My bag and crochet are in place, ready for the evening.
Ben has staked his place out, I still have to bring his bed in from the car, I remembered to bring the battery charger for my camera, and the sudocrem for Ben, he scratched his ear when charging around the field.
Reasons to be grateful.
1. Back in Wales, need I say more.
2. 2 full days with the family.
3. Sunshine, February, Wales. 3 words you would not expect to find together.
4. A quick visit to the CS in Llandysul in the morning.
5. Taking James to choose his Birthday Present.
Today or rather Feb 29th is the 10 year anniversary of the day my life started to fall apart. I found my only child dead in bed, within 3 months both my parents had died and in the October my husband was diagnosed with the cancer that would consume him. And the Queen thought that she had a bad one.
I am so pleased to be here at this time although it was not planned. I have always loved the word Serendipity and here I am living it. I do not ask for sympathy, as far as it is possible I have tucked that year into a memory box to keep it safe. It took time but I can take it out and look at it without the searing pain now.
Wales has become a bolt hole and almost a second home to me, I still hope to move here and once Fran has done the New York Bar I will start planning. I need to have the summer in Tydd to rescue the garden from the last 18 months weather and I want to see Fran fully qualified.
I hope that you all have as good a weekend as I intend to.
Hope you have a great weekend. I didn't know anything about your background, I'm amazed that you're still standing to be honest! I hope being with your friends and in a place you love helps you get through the next few days xReplyDelete
Wale soothes my soul, the countryside, the people and the slightly slower pace of life.Delete
Looks like a nice, typical Welsh cottage, cosy and warm and welcoming. It's good to be with good friends at this anniversary. Enjoy your week.ReplyDelete
It is lovely, a little bit old fashioned but all the up to date appliances, there is even a dishwasher.Delete
Time is indeed a great healer, long may it be so :-)ReplyDelete
Pun intended? I do agree.Delete
What can i say ... but just enjoy your days in Wales .. and send you a Hug ! xReplyDelete
I am at home already, feet up , wine at my elbow, crochet at the ready, something delicious in the oven, Ben snoring geently.Delete
Words cannot begin to say what is in my heart after reading your story, Pam. The fact that you are able to find so much good to be thankful for is a testament to your strength. You are a true inspiration. I hope you have a wonderful time in Wales and the weather stays good for you. Love and hugs, Helen xReplyDelete
Thank you Helen, Wales is lovely even in the rain. There was hail on the journey here.Delete
Even when we lose everything, lIfe goes on. Thank God for memories.ReplyDelete
Your words feel familiar and so incredibly brave.
Hugs to you Pam ... enjoy the sunshine and love of family
I thank God every day of my life Sue, I just chose to do it quietly. I am not particularly brave but I do consider myself to be strong. I will enjoy my time here I wish it could have been for longer.Delete
Oh sweet pea, sending you hugs. xxReplyDelete
A hug is always welcome.Delete
Have a wonderful weekend-blessings to you!ReplyDelete
Thank you Jan, I will.Delete
I have only recently discovered you, so don't know your story, but how brave your are, to look to the future and act on it. Have a lovely time in the warmth of your family. With love XReplyDelete
I hope that you pop in for a visit often. We are a friendly lot.Delete
Have a lovely time. Hugs to you and BenReplyDelete
Thank you, I do like a hug, and so does Ben.Delete
Pam, you are incredible. Families are forever - just remember that. We never lose those we love. I hope you have a wonderful few days in Wales. What better place to recharge than the seaside. We are off to our beloved Maine in two weeks (can't wait!). Big hugs for you. xxReplyDelete
I know full well that we never truly lose our loved ones, I can often fel my Granny looking at me with her eyebrows raised if I attempt to take a shortcut at something. It is good to have a place to go to to soothe the mind and body.Delete
Oh Pam, I never knew that, I'm so sorry.ReplyDelete
Pam, you are such a strong woman, and an inspiration still finding things to be grateful for, sometimes life is just cruel, isn't it? We don't know how strong we are until we are tested, I'll say again that you are inspirational. I hope you have a lovely time in Wales, the cottage looks fab. I always stop by your blog & like what I read. Sending lots of (virtual) big hugs, :)) Vee xxReplyDelete
Oh Pam, the things we must go through in this life. Admire your strength. Love the cottage in Wales and hope you have a wonderful time there. The cottage is lovely!ReplyDelete