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Tuesday 3rd April

Charlie the Cat

Charlie with castle

Carreg Cennen Castle

I return to the castle with JM. She enjoys a jolly good snoop around the tearoom. Charlie the cat says "Hi". She's an old girl too. As Charlie does not have cloven feet, but retractable claws, we feel it's alright to touch the farm animal. 

Mrs farmer's wife / owner chats about The Problems. They had been closed for a month but opened again as they need the business! Their tearoom extends to neighbouring farm buildings - they could easily cater for a 100 but there's just the two of us, Jolly Molly and I.

We drive along the Brecon Beacons National park. High and picturesque - even sunny! Jolly is quite delighted. Driving though a small cluster of cottages named Bethlehem cause much singing from my passenger. This is irritating to say the least!

Dolaucothi Gold Mine

MineMinesI drop off JM and search for gold. Dolaucothi Gold Mine isn't open for visitors but open enough to walk along a trail and look around. The University of Wales has a geology laboratory there. The place first used by the Romans still has human activity today. Noisy cheerful engineers bash away at a small shunting engine and mining wagons. Being Welsh there too much singing! Everyone's getting the place ready to be open on the 6th. Complete with tours that show how the mine last operated commercially in the 1930's

The mine entrances can be explored but there's no entry into the workings.

Llyn Brianne Reservoir

Reservoir wallWaterThe reservoir at Llyn Brianne was inaugurated on the 15th May 1973. I was sitting my last 'O' level on that day! 

Complete with a small hydro electric plant generating 4.35MW. 

The water is spectacular but bleak.

 

Water

WaterfallI return via a small isolated pub at by the River Cothi near Nat-y-Bai. The landlord welcomes my humble custom. He explains how dire things are - he relies on campers sited in the local fields. The fields currently have sheep - but the sheep may not be moved - so no campers.

Back via a waterfall by the road side. I stop. It's time to practice with a tripod and time exposures.

Evening

I take the Tally road back Llandeilo. I happen to be tantalisingly close to confluence 52N 4W. But the sheep regulations and unaccompanied hill walking is silly.. but maybe next time! 

The rain returned ready to take JM out for her evening's nourishment. Tonight it is the turn of the Castle Hotel in Llandeilo, home to the Tomas Watkin Brewery. A good pint of medium strength bitter. Jolly has vegetarian pancake, I have dead cockerel. 

"Only 4 in the bar and 2 in the restaurant: worse than a Sunday." bemoans the landlord.

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