A Boat trip to remember – Falcon Boats.

Ffion Rees Falcon Boats Pembrokeshire feature

Exploring Pembrokeshire’s coastline by boat is a “must do”.

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Holidaymakers and locals can experience the wonderful offshore marine life and scenery from a variety of boat trip companies and this can be the highlight of many trips to the county.

Bouncing across the waves in a rigid inflatable boat, or RIB, is exhilarating, while gentling cruising around the cliffs and investigating the coves and caves is a magical experience. You can be so close to the seabirds and seals or porpoises while gaining a new insight into the fantastic coastal scenery and the vital importance of the wild unspoilt and protected waters.

Pembrokeshire Culture Club, a local Meetup group, were lucky to take a trip from St. Justinian’s with Falcon Boats around Ramsey Island

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Pebbles in the Sand – Artist Sue Powell

Wet Felted Art by Sue Powell - Curlew
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Coastal, Felt and Driftwood Artist – Designs inspired by the sea

Over six months ago I spent a busy day at the Christmas Fair in Pembroke Castle and met many varied and talented stallholders (this is a great annual event and I would suggest putting it in your diary now!) One particular stall drew me back several times and I was captivated by the work of Sue Powell – she manages to somehow to really capture the natural beauty, colours and wildness of the West Wales coast. After chatting with Sue, we agreed to keep in touch and to arrange an interview in the summer.

We joined Sue at her home, and spent an enjoyable afternoon watching her at work and finding out more about her life as an artist in West Wales. When I had first seen her pictures at the Pembroke Castle event, I had not realised they are from felted wool and also had no idea of the labour-intensive work and skill that goes into each unique felted picture and her driftwood art.

Artist Sue Powell - Felting and Driftwood Art
Artist Sue Powell

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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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