Herefordshire Week 171: Tuesday 04 – Monday 10 April 2023

Easter in Pembrokeshire.

Angle Circular: Cafe Môr
Angle Circular: Cafe Môr

Tuesday saw a frosty start after another cold night. Beautifully sunny though, so after weeknotes I headed out for a walk: Abbey Dore – Cwm Hill – Tremorithic Road – Fair Oak Farm – Bacton – Kerrys Gate. Gorgeous.

Hatterrall Ridge Panorama, Tremorithic Road
Hatterrall Ridge Panorama, Tremorithic Road

Usual work week, with VWW but no Family Zoom. Turned one of the bags of Wild Garlic into soup, riffing off Felicity Cloake’s How to make the perfect nettle soup.

Hazel arrived Thursday evening – good excuse for cheese and a glass of red wine before turning in for the night.

Up early on Friday for the drive to Pembrokeshire to spend Easter Weekend with Steffi in The New Van. Gorgeous day. The van’s lovely. We settled in on the New Decking for a late lunch and early afternoon van-warming…. which ended up lasting into the early evening.

Good Friday afternoon drinks on the decking at Steffi's new van, Newgale
Good Friday afternoon drinks on the decking at Steffi’s new van, Newgale

We eased into Saturday, walking to Newgale village to catch the 9.30am bus into St Davids. Coffee at the Really Wild Emporium, Oggies from Losh’s Pasties, and buying brownies/blondies for emergency rations from the Easter market at Oriel y Parc before setting off along the coast path to Solva.

A lovely sunny day and a lovely sunny walk. Spring flowers galore.

St Davids to Newgale: Bluebells
St Davids to Newgale: Bluebells

A stop in Solva for pot of tea in The Ship’s back beer garden then on to Newgale – where we polished off the brownies with a pot of tea back at the van.

St Davids to Newgale: Hazel and Steffi
St Davids to Newgale: Hazel and Steffi

Dinner was fish & chips from the Back Lane Chippy in H’west AKA the Coronation Chippy. Mushy pea fritter + chips + sweet ‘n’ sour sauce = Heaven.

Sunday was cloudier and brought more of a breeze. I drove us to Angle where we parked at West Angle Bay and set off on the Angle Circular. At Cafe Môr, The Old Point House, we tucked into a seaweed-themed second breakfast, then continued on towards Freshwater West and back to the car park for a cup of tea and a crumble slice from the Wavecrest Cafe. Yummy.

Angle Circular: Hazel and Steffi on the path
Angle Circular: Hazel and Steffi on the path

Then back to Steffi’s for the mandatory Maurice Sunday Feast – the Sunday Lunch (Dinner) that never disappoints!

The rain arrived.

We had pencilled in more walking on Monday, but the weather forecast was more rain so once I’d dropped H off at H’west and S at home, I continued the drive east getting home in time for lunch. And sunshine.

Phil had some sad bird news: he’d found two tiny green birds dead on the patio, and identified them as goldcrests. I’ve never seen them here.

The afternoon was a strange mixture of sunshine and occasional heavy showers, one of which featured hailstones. Phil and I sat out in the conservatory reading on the New Corner Sofa. A bit fidgety, I made Wavecrest-meets-Whitworths-inspired Brandy Apple Mincemeat crumble slices, and once I’d finished Barbara Kingsolver’s heavy-hitting Demon Copperhead, did (a version of) Meera Sodha’s New Potato, Chard & Coconut green curry for dinner – which we ate watching Succession, season 4, episode 3. Oh my!

In sprouting seed news, seedlings have emerged in the rocket and mixed lettuce trays.

Retirement Days Tracker: 16 ½ days to go

TV: Shetland, Succession.

Podcasts: Anglo-Saxon England, The History of England.

Photos: Herefordshire week 171 on Flickr.

Phil: w/e 2023-04-09.