Walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

Feature image Freshwater West by Nigel J. Bevans

Featured image – Through the dunes at Freshwater West.

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It is midwinter in Wales and I’m standing on a deserted beach – and I’m completely naked and letting the warm December sun dry me off. Because I’ve just been swimming in the sea (which on a bright day like this doesn’t feel anywhere near as cold as you might fear) and because I neglected to bring a towel with me.

I should hasten to add that there is no one else on the sands at Porthmynawyd Bay, and in fact no one else probably for a mile or so in either direction along the coast. That’s why I couldn’t resist discarding my clothes for a quick impromptu dip…

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Gardening with Jim Saul – Dyffryn Fernant Garden.

Dyffryn Fernant
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“Go and see it” – Monty Don

There can be few more decisive reviews of a garden than this one from the star of BBC Gardeners’ World, so Pembrokeshire Life Online’s gardening correspondent, Jim Saul did just that.

On a glorious sunny May afternoon we were fortunate to be welcomed and shown around this enchanting place just below Waun Fach, east of Fishguard, by the creator, Christina Shand and her husband David. When she moved into Dyffryn Fernant in 1996, there was a run-down farmhouse and overgrown garden so Christina set about transforming it all, bit by bit.

Dyffryn Fernant garden map

The six acres of many different, natural, stylised and exotic gardens include a quarry area as you enter, then the front garden and kitchen garden – which were the first areas to be tackled -A plant nursery, rickyard, orchard, fernery, bog and woodland areas. From the gloriously pink house there are far-reaching views across the gardens to fields and the Preselis. Within the garden, a Cwm, a pond and the area referred to as ‘Beyond’ – where visitors are welcome to picnic. From the magic garden the views are wonderful.

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Listen Now – Out Side – Chapters 1 & 2

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Pembrokeshire authors audiobooks and podcasts.

Books, plays, poetry and interviews you can listen to here on Pembrokeshire Life Online and in our mobile app.

This week’s feature comes from accomplished local Sci-Fi and Fantasy author, Clive Ousley. We bring you chapters 1 & 2 in a serialisation of his new novella, ‘Out Side’.

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