A Week in Pembrokeshire: Part Two

There is so much I want to share with you from last week. So I'll start at the beginning, always a good place to start. We stopped off in Tenby on our way to the cottage. And wow what a feast for the eyes. An instagrammers paradise. Sadly OH doesn't really get Instagram so I had to snap away quickly while soaking up the colours of this cheerful little seaside town.

A week in Pembrokeshire: Part One

How cute is this cottage? This was home for OH and I in Pembrokeshire last week. I lucked out when I spotted it on Airbnb. I must admit it was a little remote and even included a lane that was about have a mile long but it was perfect for a quiet get away. No tv and while there was a radio there was no reception. Luckily I had downloaded a few radio programmes on my iPad and the internet was remarkably good given how remote it was. Anyway let me share a few pictures of the house.

 It was small and compact though I forgot to take a picture of the bed which was up in the eaves. There was a beam going across the bed and we literally had to limbo into bed which was hysterical. 

 I loved this view. It's the sort of picture I see on Instagram all the time and secretly hanker for such a view but you just don't get it in city. 
 The cottage was also surrounded by young apple trees dripping with apples. 
At the end of our first evening we sat out on what we called the Cwtch seat and watched a magnificent sunset whilst enjoying a glass of wine or two. 

 We did get a second night of amazing sunsets but it wasn't as dramatic as the first.  
 And finally we were surrounded by 2 acres of land with not a sign of another human being anywhere. 
 There were swathes of these incredible pink and white flowers. Does anyone know what they are? The flowers themselves are quite big and the bee you can hopefully make out trying to squeeze into the flowers was huge, at least twice the size of a normal bumble bee. 
 On the last evening I ventured down the hill a little. We could hear a river running at the bottom of the valley but we couldn't see it. You can also just make out the field of heffers which we could hear all day and night. 
And finally this was to show off with the colour of that sky. Yes we really were in Wales and we were so lucky with the weather. So  there we are, a look around where we spent time last week. More to follow soon. 

Lambeth Country Show 2017

Another highlight of July in the Brixton calendar is the Lambeth Country Show. I have been going to the show on and off since the late 90s and it just gets bigger and bigger. It took place a couple of weeks ago now but I'm only just catching up with myself.....
The vegetable sculptures are an odd heighlight of the show and this year there was a queuing system so you could get a proper view. 

The rest of the tent has an impressive array of vegetables and flowers. I have a small patch of garden but I'm always a little jealous of other people's success

Another regular feature of the show is the Scarecrow competition. The theme this year was Children's books. 
Ah the sheep competition. I'm from rural Cumbria and this always takes me back to the country show I used to attend as a child. 

I'm also a sucker for a good looking sheep! 

I mean seriously who doesn't like dreads in Brixton..... 
Another destination for me is an early visit to Vauxhall City Farm before it gets too busy
and before the goats and lamas get too full as everyone feeds them
Donkeys were a new addition. Added bonus spotted the wonderful Gina Yashere enjoying the Show 
And a stoat (least I think it's a stoat) was a new addition to the handling sessions

These guys were amazing - samba group with dancers going up and down all day 

I'm always intrigued by the fun fair - I'm so risk adverse I wouldn't go on a ride but I love watching others who do. 

And the colours. Always drawn to the colours. 

These guys are regulars - I think they are part of the RHS 

The only thing I caught in the main arena was a display from the Mounted Police. 
It was pretty impressive jumping through fire etc but I timed it really badly so couldn't get a space close to the barrier as you can see from the image below which has half of someone's head in the way! 
I had also brought one lens which wasn't ideal for arena (as my back has been playing up so was trying to travel light!)

And so that's it for another year. If you want to see more pictures from the event head over to Brixton Buzz where I have some more images.