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Dreaming of a White Christmas!

December 12, 2017

It's that time of year - the Christmas Walk came round once again.  What happened to the year in between?  Each year "Team West" has a walk led by Paula, and what a fabulous day we have.  This year was no exception.  We started off near Craig y Nos Castle, famous because it once belonged to the Opera Singer, Adelina Patti, and also once appeared on the television programme Britain's Most Haunted. 

 

There was Sherry and Mince Pies all round, and most of us had got into the Christmas spirit with hats, jumpers, tinsel - or all three!

 

With 18 of us on the walk there was always someone to chat to, and it was lovely to see new faces as well as familiar faces - and four dogs - in the group.  This was near Adelina Patti's summerhouse. 

We walked through Craig y Nos Country Park , a lovely country park where you can take the children to see the ducks, and walk your dogs.  There are a couple of lakes there, and usually some kind of activities for children. It's got a lovely caffi - The Changing Seasons Tea Rooms.  Below is the confluence of two rivers - the Haffes and the Tawe.  Once they join, the river is the Tawe, and ends up in Abertawe, or Swansea.  

 

 

This is one of my favourites - I half expect the tractor to turn into a cartoon character: 

 

 

The Snow created fantastic patterns and textures

 

 

 

 

Whether it was the sherry at the start, or the cold weather, I don't know,  but it wasn't long before I could smell bacon cooking, and I'm sure I saw a sign in the woods pointing the way to a well known fast food outlet:

 And then it appeared, like a mirage....

 Thanks to Di and Lyn for putting on such a fantastic spread.  

 On we went, to the lower slopes of Cribarth, otherwise known as The Sleeping Giant.  It gets its nickname from the profile as seen when travelling up the Swansea Valley.  Unfortunately, I don't have a photo of that!  But I do have one of some sheep, plucking the odd blade of grass from the snow.  

 

 The mist was swirling around the valley, but went as quickly as it came.

 It wasn't long before we came across this little chap

 But there was more entertainment to come!  Who would expect to see Santa and a man-size turkey offering Mulled Wine just before Mucky Lane?

 And what a spread - again!  Thanks Lyn!

 Of course, it's difficult to keep wayward turkeys under control...

 

 He was trying to escape the oven I think.

And so back to the Country Park where the Changing Seasons Tea Rooms is  but no time for that at the moment.  We have to make our acquaintance with Mr. Snowman.

 And after the walk we were made very welcome in The Gwyn Arms for - another drink!

 

 

 

 

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