Friday, 21 May 2010

Farewell to Australians,

Well, we have just waved off our Australian visitors after taking them to pick up their hire car in Carmarthen. They are now on the last leg of their round Britain tour going down to the West country and then up to London.
Their three days here in West Wales have been very full and I hope informative. What J. & M. commented on most was the age of everything here...the fact that our farmhouse dates back well into the 17th century at least, was wonderful for them. After meeting them off the ferry at Fishguard, we took them to the ancient site of the Pentre Ifan burial chamber having had a picnic in the Presceli Mountains at a lovely vantage point above the small town of Newport with a fabulous view of that part of the Pembrokeshire coast line.
The following day after visiting the wonderful 18th century Felin Ganol watermill (http://www.felinganol.co.uk/) where we were given the warmest and friendliest of welcomes, we had fish & chips on the beach at Aberaeron. It was a very British lunch on the beach with us all wearing zipped-up coats and discussing how grey and windy it was but wasn't it fun and so very different to a 'barbie' on the beach in Australia!
We also visited an organic farm run by some friends of ours nearby, Mair's Bakehouse (http://www.mairsbakehouse.co.uk/) run by our friend the Artisan Breadmaker and Caws Cenarth, the award winning local organic cheese makers (http://www.cawscenarth.co.uk/).
Everywhere we went we had great hospitality and excellent conversation about organics and I hope J. will go back to Australia with lots of useful information that she can apply to the small farm she runs at the school where she teaches agriculture near Woollagong.

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