Postcard from Fishguard
I'm back from a weekend in Fishguard, where the place and weather provided the perfect winter pick me up. This is the view across the bay from the hotel.
It was clear that despite the stiff breeze, this corner of Pembrokeshire has had a relatively benign winter. I was greeted by a long ribbon of blackthorn trees in full bloom as I crossed over the border from Carmarthenshire. Then in Fishguard itself a massed planting of purple crocus a few feet from the beach made a welcome feature. Along the breakwater gorse was in full bloom and masses of wild angelica were already sporting their flower heads.
It was a good spot for birding too. Owls hooted me to sleep each night and on my walks I spotted cormorant, oystercatchers, and curlew amongst the more usual sea birds. At the end of my walk I heard an incessant chattering in the pine trees on the shoreline and discovered a flock of 20-30 goldfinches having a loud conversation amongst themselves.
Dodgy wi-fi at the hotel meant it was time to ditch the electronic gear I'd brought with me and simply enjoy the moment instead. I'll leave all that at home next time.