Postcard from Fishguard

View across Fishguard Bay from Goodwick

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.

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  1. It was an ideal week for a getaway last week - very springlike.

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    1. Indeed - didn't know at the time of booking in the depths of December, but most welcome :)

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  2. It's the benign effect of the sea. Pembrokeshire traditionally takes advantage of that with their early potatoes.

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    1. Welcome Mal! Yes, we were discussing that at the weekend. My coastal friends in North Wales also see the same effect, though possibly not the potatoes :)

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  3. I was looking at an Egyptology blog today - one of her colours was a dusky turquoise, a sort of sea green ... exactly like your photo!

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    1. It's a fabulous colour and a real tonic to see it.

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  4. Lovely place, I always enjoyed my holidays there and you had such super weather!

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    1. So lucky with the weather in February. Next time I'll stay for longer if the weather gods allow ;)

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  5. Oh that looks and sounds fabulous VP. I have fond memories of a camping holiday in Pembrokeshire when it rained and rained and rained ..... We went back a good few years later having graduated to a camper van and had a great time. Our neighbours on the site were keen fishermen and presented us with the freshest mackerel I've ever had the pleasure to cook and eat :)

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    1. Yum, That sounds a fabulous treat Anna :)

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