For the 4th year we decided on Laugharne for our Christmas Lunch.The owners and staff at The Owl and the Pussycat give us exclusive use and we always have a warm welcome, delicious turkey dinner--veggie and vegan options available--and scrummy desserts.
This year unlike last, there was no sign of any snow, but indeed after some early rain 4 or 5 rainbows colourfully lit up the sky on the drive down to Dylan Thomas country.
We usually have a short walk beforehand to whet the appetite and true to form in previous years it was mainly the women who turned out for this. There were 4 women this year plus Jim who joined us as chaperone not fogetting Ifor, Claire and Kerry's dog who carried a very large stick all the way around.
We posed at Laugharne castle for a nice photo to keep Al happy, then continued up towards the Boathouse where Dylan Thomas did his writing.
It was as if he'd just popped out for a beer at Browns Hotel, his favourite watering hole, with writing utensils and papers, strewn all over the desk inside and his favourite jacket hanging on the back of the chair.
We then joined the Wales coast path where we had great views over the Estuary.On this southern side we were out of the keen wind and indeed the sun was shining afte rthe early showers.
Coming to a lovely house we stopped to admire the alotment alongside full of garden produce.
We carried on up their drive and then turned down the lane at the back of the church where Dylan and his wife Caitlin are buried --see photo's.
By this time are tummies were rumbling and so we walked down the main street in Laugharne passed the local pubs that Dylan would have supported or them him, and eventually back to The Owl and Pussycat where some other of our friends had already assembled ready for lunch.
It was nice to see everyone including a few we hadn't seen for sometime, joining us for this Christmas celebration.
At 1pm the food was ready so we sat on a long table so everyone could see each other, and enjoyed the wonderful food and drink served by the very attentive staff.
Neil presented me, Al, with a few little pressies and a really nice Christmas card signed with some lovely messsages by all the attendees, and when I went to pay for my meal I found that had been paid for too. I was quite overwhelmed, with the kindnesses, thank you very much.
After desserts, tea, coffees and plenty of lively chatter, the time just swept by and soon is was time to leave.
Many thanks to everyone who came, and indeed to all the absentees from the West Wales group that have supported this group so well for another successful and adventurous year exploring footpaths old and new.
Looking forward to 2019, when amongst other lovely events already on the website, we will be welcoming lots of other members of the Club to Swansea University for the Annual Outdoor Gathering. I hope to see you there.