Show Highlights – Day Three.

photograph of pig peeing on judge at Pembrokeshire County Show 2017
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“How do you judge a pig? I mean, what makes a good pig?”

“Shiny.” – quote from video.

Pembrokeshire County Show – Mud and Sunshine.

photograph of muddy conditions at Pembrokeshire County Show 2017

As the sunshine returned, the crowds poured into Haverfordwest Showground for the third and final day of the 2017 Pembrokeshire County Show. Getting around was no problem in stout shoes or wellies and the main paths were clear, but the arenas had become waterlogged overnight and this, unfortunately, meant that the Grand Parades of livestock could not go ahead and the motorbike display team’s show was cancelled, too.

image of welsh crafts- hare and dragon; Pembrokeshire county show 2017 Day 3 highlights

The third day always seems to have a special atmosphere

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Daisybus Gardens near Solva

sarah wint Daisybus Gardens feature image
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Feature image: Sarah Wint.

Daisybus Gardens near Solva – An unusual garden inspired by the book Sunshine over Clover

Plant a Garden – Grow Happiness!

This month our gardening correspondent, Jim Saul visited Daisybus Gardens near Solva; a very different Pembrokeshire garden and one that is only just beginning to take shape. On the St Davids peninsula near Llandeloy, Sarah Wint and her husband William are busy creating an unusual garden. Gardener Sarah wants to show and share with others, “… how easy it is to get started on a garden and why you should bother.”

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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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Dockyard Guitars – George Parfitt

Dockyard Guitars - George Parfitt Cigar Box Guitar on display in an Art Gallery
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A Winston Churchill Memorial Trust award is a boost for this young luthier from South West Wales.

Creating electric guitars from recycled or salvaged materials, George Parfitt is founder of Dockyard Guitars in Pembroke Dock.  The award will enable him to explore the cultural Cigar Box Guitar Movement in U.S.A.

I first met George Parfitt sitting cross-legged on the grass in front of his tent at the 2016, ‘Unearthed In A Field’ festival. He was surrounded by a range of his cigar box guitars.

I next saw George before he dashed of to Europe for a couple of months in autumn last year. Here, I catch up with him again with some of his backstory from that interview and exciting news of his forthcoming pilgrimmage to take in the Cigar Box Guitar revolution in America.

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