Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Cymru bound

Pembrokeshire trip, part 1

On May 19th we drove to Pembrokeshire for a week, our first time in this area. My metal detecting club initiated the trip, and we arranged accommodation in Spring Cottage at Rosemoor, Walwyn’s Castle. This delightful group of holiday accommodations is run by a Dutch couple. John and Jacqui Janssen. Spring Cottage was one  of the estate worker’s cottages and had been modernised to the highest standard.  The area was remote, peaceful and beautiful. Rosemoor has a nature reserve which adjoins the property and it was great to wander along the lane to the entrance and walk through the meadow down to the lake where many Canada Geese had made themselves at home. I often visited in the morning and evening hoping for a sighting of kingfisher or otter, but no luck. We found Rosemoor to be a perfect place for visiting coastal destinations and I spent many afternoons at Martin’s Haven, from where the Skomer Island trips depart.  I’ll devote a blog to each area of interest. Puffins and Choughs will feature!

December note: We received a newsletter from John and Jacqui which mentioned that
Rosemoor was featured in the 2012 ITV series 'Holiday Home Sweet Home' Series 1 Episode 11. We watched this and were pleased to see that Rosemoor received an excellent review. It we return to Pembrokeshire we will stay at Rosemoor again.

My other Pembrokeshire blogs:

photos of the whole trip:

The grounds of Rosemoor:
The Coach House
Childrens play area
The driveway

We could sit on these seats and enjoy the fabulous view across the nature reserve
The Coach House had a veranda and chairs in the garden
The garden where the hens did their free-range thing
The apple tree outside our kitchen window where we saw a
Greater-spotted Woodpecker and a Jay one morning
Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dendrocopos major
Spring Cottage
Chelsea move over, these verges are the real thing:

Rosemoor Nature Reserve:

Buzzard, Buteo buteo
Buzzard, Buteo buteo
The buzzard landed in this tree and surveyed its territory
Canada Geese, Branta canadensis
Canada Geese, Branta canadensis
Canada Goose, Branta canadensis

Canada Geese, Branta canadensis
Charlock, Sinapis arvensis
Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale
Greater stitchwort, Stellaria holostea
Greater stitchwort, Stellaria holostea
Sue's favourite furniture


Red Campion, Silene dioica

Lakeside view point

Southern Marsh Orchid, Dactylorhiza praetamissa
Early Purple Orchid, Orchis mascula
Speckled Wood, Parage aegeria
Weevil, Phyllobius pomaceus
White-lipped snail, Cepaea hortensis
Yellow Iris, Iris pseudacorus

A walk round the reserve leads uphill to St James Church and the Iron Age fort:

stone style
Iron Age fort

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