|#GraceGSP in Laugharne|
Recollections of an enjoyable week the German Short Haired Pointer spent on the Carmarthenshire coastline and some of the challenges we faced!
After a slight false start, whereby half way towards the A40 I realised I'd forgotten to turn my PC off thereby forcing a return home to complete this simple and yet essential task, we had a straight forward journey from Gloucester to Wales via the M4. But note to self not to stop at Sarn Services again!
Having witnessed the Arsenal demolition of Aston Villa and completed another walk we had an early, but unfortunately disturbed night as I've recorded in an earlier blog. We knew we were in for some rough weather on Sunday and Monday but managed to fit in some walks on the Beach at Pendine, where Grace proved what a sea dog she is, and also a complete round trip walk over St John's Hill in Laugharne. The latter is not easy with a dog as there are a couple of difficult stiles that we hadn't managed to pass with Harvey but with Grace being that little bit lighter we got through. We don't walk Grace off her lead so there are times when having an enthusiastic pointer puppy leaping off down the track is a bit hairy but we got through unscathed.
|Wild Weather on Monday Evening|
Tuesday was windy but not wet. After a quick yomp around Pendine (and realising that the red flag meant the beach was shut rather than that the sea conditions were too rough for swimming) we decided to head to Tenby to find Sainsbury's. This was basically a mistake. There was a mystery hold up on the A477 at Kilgetty and somebody had decided to dig up the centre of Tenby meaning that finding Sainsbury's was an impossible task for the Sat Nav. So instead we headed back in the opposite direction to Llansteffan.
In previous years the construction of the A477 Red Roses Llanddower Bypass has proved a real pain with hold ups and long delays but now it is finished what a beautiful piece of road! Sorry I didn't stop to take any photographs along the way but it really offers super views and a speedy piece of road back to Saint Clears. The same can't be said of the road from the A477 to Llansteffan but we got there eventually.
|Llansteffan Castle (via Snapseed)|
It was with some trepidation that we took #GraceGSP up the steep climb from the car park at Llansteffan to this ruined castle; when we had visited in 2013 with Harvey dogs had not been permitted within the castle grounds. We were very pleased to find that this was no longer the case and had a pleasant 3/4 of an hour exploring the nooks and crannies of the ruin and reading about the double portcullis and the murder holes. The castle is an excellent spot for photography over the bay. I climbed one staircase and came across one dark spooky room where you could imagine ghostly eyes are watching you. As always going up is easier than coming down and children would need to be heavily supervised. A beautiful well maintained spot that is free to enter and offers an excellent picnic location if you are prepared to bring your food up from the car park.
After a sand blasting on the beach we took the much easier road back to Carmarthen and Tesco Extra to stock up on provisions and then back to Laugharne for another evening of walking around the town and Game of Thrones Season II.
|Beautiful start to Wednesday|
|#GraceGSP at Brown's|
|Bird Watching at Manorbier|
|Instagram Version of the picture|
With Grace semi-grounded with her pad we decided against a final trip to the Boathouse but headed straight off only to find the Carmathen Road blocked with an overturned trailer which required a slight detour through the lanes. We broke our journey at Margam Park to stretch our legs and where fortunately it didn't rain quite as much as last year!
So a lovely week which proved how much Grace loves water but also demonstrated how careful you have to be with simple things like shells on a beach. Where we had problems both Garage and Vets were extremely helpful and even the bad weather at the start of the week was offset by the chance to emerge ourselves in the first three seasons of Game of Thrones.