Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Wigfach; to the Lighthouse




A short drive east, crossing the River Ogmore,
Deeper into the South- Glamorganshire countryside,
Up springs Nash Point Lighthouse.

Build from Blue Lias stone quarried from the beach below,
Winched up the cliff and dressed on site by accomplished masons.

Its light first shone in September 1832 and was extinguished in 1992.











Wigfach is a small village comprising twelve cottages and the Happy Valley Caravan Park 
between Porthcawl and Bridgend in South Wales.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Wigfach Beach Party




Brownies on the Beach 




Saturday afternoon.

As we walk back a party of Brownies and their Troop Leaders arrive
Colours spread out across the sands.

Activity and shrieks of delight,
Backpacks strewn and excursions down to the water’s edge,
Fun, more fun and fresh air.




Wigfach is a small village comprising twelve cottages and the Happy Valley Caravan Park 
between Porthcawl and Bridgend in wonderful South Wales.


Monday, 28 September 2015

Wigfach: Treasures on the beach






A beach full of lovely things if you care to look
We have come to harvest.
Each day we haul seaweed in black bin liners.
This will be a tonic the garden in winter.

Every evening we examine our treasures;
A mermaid’s purse, a crab's shell, blue rope, green glass,
A cache of driftwood, smoother than silk,
Everything will be used or displayed on our return.











Wigfach is an small exquisite village embracing twelve cottages and the Happy Valley Caravan Park 
you'll find it between Porthcawl and Bridgend in South Wales.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Wigfach; The changing sea





Each day we look out from the morning room,
Out to the water and across to the opposite coast.

A sea that is at one time clear and then vanishes from sight,
One time a sliver of silver, and next cerulean,
Then returns to grey.

The Sea, The Sea.




Wigfach is a lovely tiny village comprising twelve cottages and two fire engines and the Happy Valley Caravan Park
you might find it  between Porthcawl and Bridgend in South Wales.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Wigfach: The Arrival


Friday, back from Fredericksburg.

We arrive at Hillcrest, our home again,
In thirty minutes, through the low woods and dunes
We are on the beach,
Rosie the puppy is excited, as we are to be back.

Shingle stones, a thousand different shades of brown and grey.

Grey skies to match and a warm wind,
Across the channel of water, that imitates the sky,
Thinly visible the coast of Somerset.


All of a sudden! A flock of dinghies hurries across the water,
Their sails are small triangles against the half-light of a storm.



Wigfach is a small village comprising twelve cottages, a Post Box and the Happy Valley Caravan Park
 somewhere between Porthcawl and Bridgend in South Wales.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Fredericksburg: exploring craft beer

This was a working trip, so aside from the morning walk before the flight home all recreation was confined to the evenings and the sampling of good beer.

Fredericksburg - An adventure in craft beers


On two evenings we enjoyed Spencer Devon Brewing on George Street.  

I’d agree they “bring the exploration of craft beer creation to downtown Fredericksburg”.  Great beer, super food and a relaxed place to spend an evening; recommended is their Bitter Sweet IPA

You can sit at the Bar and in front of you is the brewery at work!


Fredericksburg is a delightful place. And it will be even more so a few weeks hence when The Fall approaches. 

This is a town that affords a particularly different perspective of the USA. There are few tall buildings, instead, there are quiet, tree-lined streets turning towards autumn and a warm welcome.