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May 6, 2014 - Gorst and other prickly things

The dominant plant along the coast is a prickly shrub called gorst. It's a sort of cross between heather and scotch broom. It grows a foot or two high, but it also takes over fence lines to create hedge-like walls. In places, gorst hedge walls, as it were, are all that are between you on the path and a steep high cliff leading to the ocean. It has yellow flowers, and the locals say it blooms first in ths spring. I needed those hedge like barriers yesterday. The wind was offshore, gusting strong, and from time to time it almost knocked me...

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May 2, 2014 - The Pembrokeshire Coast

My initial inspiration for this trip came from a newspaper clipping sent to me by one of Mo's cousins. The clipping was a story about trail walking in this new national park in Wales. So a thoughtful gesture turns into someone's craziness. I have set up a base in Saint David's. It's a small town that has legal status as a city, granted by the Queen. It is built around Saint David's Cathedral, originally of Norman, early Gothic design. The Cathedral stands by itself in small valley of vivid green highlighted with blossoming trees and grass,...

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May 7, 2009 - Touring Wales Continued

From Aberystwyth, we continued South through Wales to the Pembrokeshire region. This is where some relatives of Ryan and Joel live. On our way to meet the relatives, we stopped at a Place called Pembroke here we encounteted the first castle still relatively in tact that we could get inside and look at we spent a few hours looking around tbe castle and soaking in the history. The castle was built on a Large cave where ore-historic cave men used to live. Who's we were in the cave it was neat to imagine the cave men living right where we were...

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Sep 17, 2007 - Wales, seals, and Rocks

I just spent the weekend at an adventure lodge in Penbrokeshire Wales. It was so beautiful there. It was a 7.5 hour bus ride from London to Haverfordwest Wales and then another 20min drive to the lodge. They cooked us breakfast lunch and dinner every day and it was so good. I forgot how much I missed having real food since I've been home. Saturday morning we had breakfast and then went hiking on the national costal path. I went with Sarah on the shorter 4mi hike rather than the 7mi that the rest of the group did. It was so beautiful. The...

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Sep 26, 2006 - Fishguard, Wales

Fishguard, the busy British ferry port situated in a harbor at the north end of the Pembrokeshire National Coastline, is a delightful town with narrow winding streets, twee artisian shops and plenty of proper pubs. We caught a bus early on the morning of our second day to Newport Bay, north of Fishguard and walked the 10 plus miles back along the coastline. The Pembrokeshire National Coastline is a lot like the central California coastline with it's rugged high and steep cliffs that overlook the clear blue sea. However, the coastal path is...

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Aug 14, 2005 - Visiting Grandma Helen in the WEST

We are well and safe in the west having driven out here and toured windsor, bristol, bath, wells and are now settled in taunton. We decended on this nice trull village like the noisy americans that we are, but we are happy to see Grandma Helen and sweetness herself, she cooked up a wonderful english dinner which was such a welcome change from restaurant food these last few weeks. We had a wonderful drive down here through the country side. Uncle David drew us a fine, though not to scale haha, map of trull which we used to get to the park...

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