Solva, Surfers, Seals and Sewing

The last week in October is always spent in Solva, Pembrokeshire for a week of walking and enjoying local food and crafts.

This year has been as enjoyable as the many previous ones with visits to local haunts and walks along familiar paths as well as some new ones.

The first delight is the view from our cottage – especially wonderful on a sunny day

view from gardenweb

Followed by walks to our favourite places, one of which is the Blue Lagoon and Abereiddy beach – joyful!

Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

Abereiddy Beach

Abereiddy Beach

The walk from Abereiddy beach to Porthgain is always ‘a must do’ – stopping every now and again to view the baby seals in the bays.

Porthgain Harbor TD CD web

This year there were also large spider crabs to be found in the Porthgain harbour and we managed two visits to the Shed for fish and chip suppers – yummy!

The walk from Newgale to Solva was a delight – it almost seemed like the middle of the summer with no breeze and the warm sun on your back.

Solva Harbour

Solva Harbour

Following a visit to the Tregwynt Woollen mill we took a new route for us along the coastal path which was just delightful. With such stunning weather there were plenty of people out on the beach and surfers in the sea. Fascinating to see the seals bobbing up and down close to surfers who seemed to be oblivious to them.

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As ever the Solva Woollen Mill was worth dropping into. Lots of lovely things to buy!

Solva millweb

solva mill1web

But the greatest find of all was the wonderful Amanda Wright embroideries in the gallery on Goat Street in St Davids.

AW bishopspalaceweb

This one is in residence in the cathedral.

AW catehdralweb

And, I now have my own little piece of Amanda’s work to enjoy…..

AW starlling web

More treats in store on the way home when I came across, and was able to hold and admire this special Welsh International cap – beautiful!

welsh cap Bethesda

Oh, and the sewing – I did get round to doing some amidst all of the above. I finished some brooches for Remembrance day, completed some Christmas bunting and made progress on some cushions for the Christmas fundraising sale!

vintage cariad love spoon