A Welsh Farm

Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
Trip End Jan 25, 2009

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Sunday, May 28, 2006

I'm now back in London after spending 2 nights on James and Wendy's farm in Southern Wales. Talk about a most amazing opportunity... I love farms, especially ones which have a 200 year old+ history. Staying on a remote farm in southern Wales has added to the unique places I've had the opportunity to stay on this roaming trip RTW. The setting was unbelievable and definitely increased my appetite for more of the same... hopefully one day in my life I will have an opportunity to own such a grand block of land in WA. The farm has 207 acres of land, and 150,000 trees have recently been planted.

James took me on his tractor... another first in my life. I enjoyed observing the pattern James took to keep the farm's grass at a respectable length. The tractor did a good job, but slid on a few occasions. Later that weekend, the tractor got stuck in the deep mud but James' friends came to the rescue in releasing it. Long planks of wood always do a good job!

The farm's house is a 2 story basic set up but warm and comfortable. Nearby is a 200 year old delapidated old house, joined to a barn which I loved exploring. Many, many generations of the same family lived in the house... it is only recently (30 years) that the people moved into the 2 story house. Around the house are rolling green hills with some cows and bulls in the distance.

On Saturday night, I met Enron and Margaret... two friends of James and Wendy who go back several years. I loved having another opportunity to meet the locals... which I believe is the most important thing I can do on this trip. We went to Kookaba - an Australian-themed restaurant in Saudersfoot - on the coast of Southern Wales. I'm happy to say that the menu, decoration, welcome and drinks were superbly Australian and for a moment, I felt at home. But they could of done something with the music... I think it was Welsh music which added a unique ambience to the restaurant. In the end, I had Italian food... canneloni... with VB and Australian wine. A great night. Luckily I'm returning in 2 weeks because I'm starting to want more and more of home these days.

I spent most of Sunday relaxing, including a 2 hour walk around the farm's confines. It is absolutely sensational roaming the confines of a farm's peace and quiet for several hours... gave me a great opportunity to reflect on what I've done and where I plan on heading with this year. For those city dwellars reading this, do yourself a favour and get out into the tranquil surrounds of the country. It really is a great thing for the spirit! It is such a shame that Wendy and James plan to sell the property for it is sensational... fell in love with it... but they have their reasons.

We left the South Dairy Farm at 7.30pm and arrived back into Cheam at midnight... exhausted. All of us succombed to our beds and woke up for what would be my final night with such great people.
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D. Griffiths -Vancouver Canada on

I just wanted to thank you for posting these pictures.I certainly enjoyed seeing them. South Dairy Farm once belonged to my grandfather's family. He was born in that old farmhouse in the1880's. He moved to Canada about 1910 and died in 1961. Aside from the new house,the place looks almost exactly as it did in the hundred year old photos that my father had.I understand my grandfather's younger brother was still living in that old farmhouse as late as 1974.

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