Monday, 15 February 2016

Gorgeous Morning, Wales v. Scotland, Open Mic; Local Entertainment

A beautiful clear blue morning after a cold night of frost and hail. The daffodils are bursting into flower all over the farm making pools of gold in otherwise dark wintery corners.

With the improved weather over the past few days the Farmer has been able to replace the cover on the polytunnel after the old one blew away. Now we have a lambing shed ready for the end of the month, thank goodness.

Younger Son has returned home having been working in Wiltshire for a week and attending a wedding in Cornwall and then this weekend going to see Wales beat Scotland in the 6 Nations game at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff...a pretty mad week all in all. He said the game was great, (though it was a hard call for this household being Scots living in Wales!)and of course the atmosphere in the Millenium Stadium with 80,000 spectators must have been amazing especially with Wales playing on their home ground.
Younger Son is now straight back into his tractor to go carting slurry for the day; it never stops!

On Friday evening we went to the Ceridwen Centre (www.ceridwencentre.co.uk)which is just 5 minutes up the road for an Open Mic night. It was wonderful, there is an astonishing amount of varied musical talent in the Teifi Valley!
The Farmer played his fiddle, playing some traditional Welsh dance tunes, there was an 8 piece band doing covers 'Mustang Sally' & 'Valerie' amongst other, an amazing guitarist who played the guitar as a percussive as well as stringed instrument...brilliant, and several guitar and drum duos. There was trio of a singer, drum, and guitar singing tradtional old Welsh folk songs and to top it all off there were two poets reading their lovely works. A full evening's entertainment and right on our doorstep. It was fine example of local people getting together to play and sing for the pleasure of the community...as someone said, 'Who needs the X-Factor when all you have to do is go a village hall in Wales?!!

I am now off to prepare the cottage for guests who arrive later in the week. It has been empty for a few weeks now and so needs airing and dusting and generally made warm and welcoming.



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