Storms and wild weather

Exploring Wales in storms and wild weather

 

11th February 2014 – 71 years old – well the body is, but the mind is a completely different age altogether.  A day out to explore the effects of the wild winter weather and storms that have recently hit the coast of Wales.

A surprise birthday bouquet from Anouska and Georgina.

Birthday flowers - perfectly beautiful.
Birthday flowers – perfectly beautiful.

 

Confined to the house because of the wild weather – a break on 11th February allowed us some quality time to enjoy a day out.

First a stop to capture a simple picture of a road and fence that always intrigues me.  The kind of picture that an artist would paint and take you on a journey of discovery.

Winter lane with neat rows of maize stumps still standing in the field and buzzard flying high above - watching us drive by.
Winter lane – neat rows of maize stumps still standing in the field and buzzard flying high above – watching us drive by – not much sign of wild winter weather.

 

Laugharne beautiful especially after storms and wild winter weather

First to Laugharne where the castle glowed picture postcard in the sunshine, blue sky, warm breeze – in February!

Laugharne castle basking in winter sunshine.
Laugharne castle basking in winter sunshine.

 

But first we took some pictures in Laugharne – despite the very high tides and generous amounts of rain the shoreline looked very much like it usually looks.   Mud carved by the tide and wild weather laced with bands of blue reflected from the sky. Derelict boats that were probably in their prime in Dylan Thomas’s time, but now more like the corpses that he wrote about under the sea!

Colour combinations - mud and sky blue water
Colour combinations – mud and sky blue water

Laugharne boats and mud and winter blue skies

Now instead of sitting on the water – the water is sitting in the boat to prove that it still does not leak!

A strange water tight boat which would sink in the sea.
A strange water tight boat which would sink in the sea.

More boat skeletons – almost decayed and sunk into the mud.

Not long before the mud claims this boat completely
Not long before the mud claims this boat completely

 

no longer a boat bobbing on the sea!
No longer a boat bobbing on the sea – but still tied to the shore!
View across the Taf estuary
View across the Taf estuary

Dylan Thomas Boathouse tucked in under the trees on the left-hand side of the picture.  And mud, smooth and sensual and what a colour?

Amroth – the road closed but we were hoping that the pub at the end of Amroth might be open for a birthday lunch.  The blackboard outside lied – all day breakfast.  There are strange things going on out there and people are being washed out of their homes.  In between downpours we took photographs – cautiously especially when you see boulders that have been thrown across the road by the awesome waves and places where the sea has eaten the road.

Amroth still showing the damage after the wild winter storms – crazy weather

 

Amroth waves and birds
Amroth waves and birds
Storm clouds gathering over Tenby
Storm clouds gathering over Tenby

 

No pub lunch so we had to turn round and decided to go to Saundersfoot for fish-n-chips!  He knows how to spoil a girl.  But it did turn out to be quite a good meal and to it was the added pleasure of watching the waves on the beach and marveling at the colours.

But first we captured a picture just as it was beginning to snow.

Dramatic sky and snow storm.
Dramatic sky and snow storm.
Taken through the window - so a faint self portrait.
Taken through the window – so a faint self portrait.