Sunday, 22 June 2014

Tropic of Cwmgors

Another glorious day in the valley, the sun has done its best all day and is still going strong, it 21C in Glanamman and at least that in Cwmgors. Ben and I have just returned from a long leisurely stroll along the footpath that runs  behind the village right down into Gwaun Cae Gurwen. I had to stroll, I was full to bursting. There were 4 of us for dinner, nobody wanted a roast or anything too heavy, after discussion we settled on Pizza and salad.

Homemade base with my chunky tomato sauce.

A scattering of Chestnut Mushroom slices.

Some small chunks of Gammon steak, blanched in boiling water for 10 minutes, this partly cooks it and draws out the extra salt.

A bit more gammon and a small Mozzarella sliced roughly.

A large tomato sliced up and a good handful of grated cheddar.
I may have gone overboard a bit.
There are also some sliced red pepper and red chili in there somewhere.

This is the result, enough for 4 adults and a doggy bag, I am told that it will be breakfast tomorrow. We had a simple salad of lettuce, cucumber, red peppers and tomato. It was delicious, I left the sauce chunky simply because I made enough for a pasta sauce for next weekend and could not be bothered scooping some out to blitz.

Boy did I need that walk, I was rather overfull and uncomfortable.

I managed to get a few pictures on my walk before the batteries died.

The footpath is tarmac and lit, the grass is cut 2 or 3 times a year.

Lots of bramble flowers, I will be out picking the fruit once it is ripe.

This stream runs down from the upper valley sides, after rain it becomes a raging torrent but today it is a gentle little stream.

I will make sure to check my battery life in future, this is the second time, not good.

Reasons to be grateful.

1  A visit to see my new friend Maggie this morning, time chatting in her very pretty garden.

2.  Over the road and a quick visit with Melbourne, a chat and I left him with his favourite Carrot Cake and a jar of marmalade.

3.  A long distant chat with Francesca after I returned.

4. Did I mention the sun.

5.  Laundry done, dried and ironed.

I did take Maggie a jar of marmalade as well, she has offered me all the apples that I wish to pick from her garden, blackberry and apple jelly by the gallon.

I have managed to do a little sewing as well, the pockets and straps for another set of bags are done and I will finish 4 later when it cools down a little.

I will have to give all the plants a good drink tonight, I do that when I go on my nightly slug hunt.

Now it is almost time for a brew, no surprises there.

              TTFN                                                Pam


  1. Your pizza looks delicious, especially the chunky sauce.
    How do you pronounce Cwmgors? It seems to be missing a vowel if two (as does so much of the Welsh language!).

    1. I suppose that the nearest is Cumgorus, The second u is hardly there at all, it sounds more like the r is rolled than a letter, if that makes sense.I am learning, but very slowly.

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  2. Aha a beautiful part of Wales have you been to Cressi's for icecream?

    1. Not yet but I have had cheesecake from "Cherry on Top" a little shop come cafe near to me, they make special occasion cakes to order. I am thinking of lunch at Cressi's one day soon.

  3. You seem to settling down quite well in Wales. That pizza looks lovely and wicked!!! Love the greenness of Wales, Here is is olive green.

    1. It was wicked but went a long way, 6 generous servings with heaps of salad, it is very green and we are due some more rain in a few days, I am quite looking forward to it.

  4. The good will be coming to and end I am sorry to sorry, I was watching the forcast and rain is coming when we bring our first load :-( but I am ssure the sun will shine again.
    Pizza looks great

    1. Yes we should have rain towards the weekend, my garden needs it and I am almost looking forward to it.

  5. Hi Pam, yes I am drooling looking at your pizza!
    We have just come home from 4 gloriously hot and sunny days in Wales ourselves! You really are settling in, aren't you! Lxx

  6. I am having a ball, as the saying goes. I was not sure about the area when I viewed but as it is so central opted to rent for 6 months, now I want to stay so am looking at properties in the village. I am also considering staying in this house and renting. having followed your struggles with your Mum's situation I rather fancy giving the grandchildren money now so that they do get it.

    1. We did try and increase the birthdays and holidays money to the grandchildren for a couple of years. But mum was of the mind-set that she needed to build up a good sum 'to leave to you'! and she couldn't understand though I did try and explain. But yes, if you wish to leave anything - get it sorted now while you are hale and hearty! You won't regret it (and neither will they!!) xx


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