Tuesday, 15 June 2021

LAUGHARNE: Love Devine, All loves excelling

 May 9th

HYMN: Love Devine, All loves excelling,               Music: John Stainer Words: Charles Wesley




It is Rogation Sunday. To Eucharist at St Martins, about a dozen of us duly assembled in the face of God. Sadly singing is still not on the cards however we were given hymn books and asked to mouth along. Hard for several of us, I was repeatedly elbowed by Siân for mouthing too loudly, especially during that wonderful Stainer hymn.


Cheerful hearts but dull weather today. 

Siân drove me up about three miles out of town towards St. Clears with the idea of my walking back having made some drawings on the way. The topography to the East and West was thrilling, especially Eastwards where is stretches for miles, carpeted in vivid greens, trees just on bud pillions marching into infinity or hiding the lower ground. Here and there the occasional farm, nestling the landscape’s folds and creases.



Rogation is an ancient church festival to seek blessing for a community and its sustenance. The word rogation comes from the Latin verb rogare, meaning "to ask", which reflects the beseeching of God for protection from calamities. As the Book of Common Prayer puts it: “Rogation Days are the three days preceding Ascension Day, especially devoted to asking for God’s blessing on agriculture and industry.”


Sunday, 13 June 2021

LAUGHARNE DIARIES: Rain, rain go away!

 May 8


Rain, Rain Go Away              Bobby Vinton                        Released 1962



“Welcome to Wales” hailed Adrian the Postman. It was raining, it rained all day, every minute of.


Nothing for it but to got to Aldi and Home Bargains. Close to both we discovered a new emporium, Charlies, a sort of B&Q/Garden Centre/Home Bargains all rolled into one. A wonderful find and just what we needed to buy a water butt.


Back home and Hywel and Andrew (Sparks) come round to measure up for the boiler and discuss the job of putting in the electric boiler. Very productive conversation and nudges the project forward.


Sian prepares the skirting boards upstairs for painting. I prepare fajitas for supper.



It rains in Carmarthenshire about 10-12 days a month on average. 


We have a drainpipe that comes from the roof of the garage next door and drains onto our back yard. So, we set up our new Charlies’ water butt so as to catch the water   The butt size is 100 litres. After two nights rain it is full. I am unsure as to what to do with so much water; apart from a tin bath in the back yard and I wash outside.   


Our water butt will collect about 7800 litres a year! Not sure what we are going to do. 

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

LAUGHARNE Everything Stops for Tea

 May 7th


Everything Stops for Tea                Jack Buchanan




A better day. High spot was Pam Jones coming to tea. Our first social engagement. We made some welsh cakes that turned out well and of course Pam brought cookies. Sun in the back yard and we were set.


We first met Pam in September 2019. As a church warden she gave us a marvellous tour of St Martins. We have stayed connected ever since. She is a marvellous clearing house of information and discovery and has been especially valuable helping us contact expert tradespeople. Not so much a pillar of the community more like an entire sunny acropolis!

Milk in first?


Went out and made a couple of drawings at St Martins. Afternoon sun floods across the Rivers Coran’s valley and up onto the church, its tower and remarkable collection of gravestones many of which appear to loll against one another.

Forever friends 


Hung a picture and enjoyed a fish and chip supper from Caroline’s, The Castle View Fish Bar. Excellent beyond imagining.

Frying tonight


Monday, 7 June 2021

LAUGHARNE LIFE Knock, Knock, Who’s there?

May 6th


Knock, Knock, Who’s there?           Mary Hopkin 1970



Not a brilliant day. Lots of DIY some of which went well, some of which less than. 

The weather changed so we went to Dunelm to try and buy some curtains to hang across the open stairwell and stairway entrance. 


Because of the temperature change most of the heat down stairs is being funnelled up the stairwell! We could not get what we wanted from Dunelm however two huge calico dust sheets did the job brilliantly. Sian intends to dye them pink.


A break though with the heating system. Hywel the Plumber came round early in the morning and we discussed the possibilities of installing an electric boiler for heating and hot water and doing away with calor gas. Hywel is to come back with an electrician to size the job up.


Also made contact with Aerial Boy, Scott from Ammanford who is booked in tomorrow to sort our TV aerials and sockets out so we can get the TV working. 

Friday, 4 June 2021

HELLO, WERE BACK - Sunny too...

 May 5th

Hello, hello, I'm Back Again           Gary Glitter              Released 1973          



Sunny and welcoming, that was soon to change, well the sun bit. A jaunt to Llansadwrnen, a small village off the Laugharne – Pendine freeway. What a location. From here you can look south east and easily see the down to Brook, the eastern of Pendine sands, the Afon Taf estuary and across to the Gower Peninsula I am sure. 

The view from St Sadwrnen's church yard 


The church of St Sadwrnen standing high and proud with a curious tour and a sort of hat on it. As always around these parts, a church yard with impressive monuments, one of which has taken a tumble and lay face down onto of the tomb stone that it marked. There it was to stay, who’d volunteer to try and upright it? The is a polychrome of red and green sandstone with grey limestone voussoirs. 

A lovely afternoon and the perfect antidote to flat-pack assembly. 

Thursday, 3 June 2021


 April 27

She’s Leaving Home                        The Beatles               Released 1967


Sun again as we assemble our things to take back to the Badlands (Buckinghamshire).

There is the promise of cloud to match out mood. 

The one thought: when can we get back?

It has been a great welcome and a great start.

Thank you everyone.

A special thanks to 

Marion and Robert, across from us

Lisa and Terry, a couple of doors down on our side.

Phil who runs the Garage

Nicky and Graham who own Clifton Garage

Garnet and June, across and up one house

Redfus, with the fab garden near the church car park

Woody aka Andrew (Life’s a gas)

Barry and Sandra (sorry to disconnect all your utilities)

Steve and Partner, Platform House





Tuesday, 1 June 2021

 April 26

Take a Load off  Annie             Brooklyn Moods                    Released 2013




I sat outside in across the street by the memorial hall. Sian brought me a cup of coffee, an incentive to watch for the IKEA van who were delivering our sofas. Hey ho and right on time, 08:20 I saw the IKEA lorry almost pull up outside Barry and Sandra. I headed over to them and in fifteen minutes the boys, with Welsh not Swedish accents had placed the goods inside the house. Breakfast was postponed whilst we assembled the sofas and tested them out.

Waiting for Ikea 


Off for a jaunt. Went to Marros which is about 15 minutes down the road. Marros is a tiny village perched on the cliffs that falls away into Carmarthen Bay. Marros just up the hill and west from the caravan parks of Pendine. We were looking for a footpath down to the beach. We failed to see it. 


However, driving back into Marros village we parked next to the church of Saint Laurence and enjoyed exploring the churchyard, impossible full of flowers and impressive looking graves and monuments. We met a lady who lives next door, the custodian of the churchyard. We congratulated her on her ‘garden’. And were pleased to hear that although her son regularly cuts the grass, she orders him to stay off with his mower in the month of May to give the flowers the best chance of thriving.

High tower at St Laurence 


It was a lovely day and so we stopped at Pendine on the way back and Rosie had a good run on the beach. An onshore wind made it pretty cold although the sun was still very high.