Wyndcliffe Court Sculpture Gardens

this video ends kind of abruptly, mostly i think because it was raining and i my video camera wasn’t very keen about the rain.





Sunday August 23rd, 2015 – part 2

by grace on July 1, 2016

We’d had a soggy look around the garden at Wyndcliffe Court, and were eager to get back into the house for some tea and sandwiches and dessert.

we snagged one of the couches right next to the roaring fire, and we’d have been happy to just move in!


plus, the lunch was fantastic.  i’m pretty sure they even had my lapsang souchong tea, although not 100% certain.


here’s the menu – i think we split a cheese and chutney and a salmon sandwich.  but where’s the photo of the dessert? i know we got dessert!  maybe we ate it so fast that we didn’t have time to take a picture.


our best lunch ever.


as we were leaving, i noticed this very modern apparatus.  i think it’s a speaker?  totally cool, huh?  You can just make out that it says harmon Kardon on the bottom of it.  it was funny to have such a modern thing in the midst of all the antiques.

i must look them up online.



i took this as we were leaving – i think mom has a similar cat in her collection.

and then, on to Veddw Garden!

but first, we drove into Chepstow.  The night before i’d bemoaned the fact that i’d chosen a b&b for these next to nights that was out in the country – when we got to wales, i realized that this could involve more teeny, tiny roads.  but when planning, the b&b i chose seemed ideal, because it was only a few miles from Veddw, and i thought that we wouldn’t want to be in the middle of a big town.

because i wasn’t thinking well, that’s why.  well, that, and the fact that i had no idea about the teeny tiny roads of wales.

chepstow was a fine little town, and if we’d stayed there we could have walked to dinner.  but it’s all good, i have quite a tale of monday, but there’s so much to cover before that, namely, Veddw.

here’s the little road leading from Wyndcliffe to Chepstow.


it had stopped raining when we drove into Chepstow, and we walked around a bit and didn’t go into the castle because we didn’t feel like it.  since this was almost the end of the trip, we were desperate to find some souvenirs, and lo and behold, we came across the tourist information center, where we almost bought out the place.

i don’t know why i didn’t take any photos in town except this one here.


this is an important one, anyway.  it’s the starting point for the wales coast path.  not the pembrokeshire coast path, which is a measly 186 miles long, approximately.  and we only hiked about 35 miles of that, maybe.

the wales coast path is 870 miles long.  and here’s the amazing thing – when we went to meet and visit with charles and anne at Veddw, charles had just finished walking every mile of it!

he’d done it it segments, not all at one go, but OMG, as they say.


i’d kind of like to walk the entire wales coast path someday, but i guess that’s not a very realistic hope, because there are many other beautiful places to visit and walk around and take many photos of.

and next, i’ll start my postings of the many many pictures of the most beautiful place i’ve ever seen, Veddw.


ok then,

still mrs. first day of july hughes.



This is the first of several posts i’ll be making about this sunday in wales, because we did a whole lot of stuff that day.

we started the day at our b&b in Carmarthen, had a fine breakfast, and headed out in the rain to the Wyndcliffe Court Sculpture Gardens, a short drive away.


our room in Carmarthen – it was big and comfortable, no complaints.


the reason we went to Wyndcliffe Court is because of Kevin’s BLOG.  he’d been writing on for a while, and somehow he found a guy named Charles Hawes, who hikes all over the place and writes an award-winning blog about his travels.  kevin and charles started communicating, and charles invited us to come to Veddw Gardens, the magical garden that his wife, Anne Wareham, created on their property near Chepstow.

But much, much more about Anne and Charles later…

Meanwhile, we got to Wyndcliffe Court in a cold drizzle.  Hmm, walking around a garden in the rain, how would that be?

it was a charming old house, and was open to the public to display sculpture.

but first, i found this notice in the bathroom really funny.




inside was a warm and inviting tea room, and look at all this cake!


we were the first ones there, but we were going to walk around a bit before having lunch.


all the little tables were set up, ready for eating, and i want a place just like this.  or at least i want to be able to go to a place like this somewhere nearby.




obviously, the comfy sofas by the fire are ideal spots for lunching.


but first, out in the rain…it was a beautiful place, but i kept thinking about how different our hike on the pembrokeshire coast path would have been if it had been raining.  it would have been a bit miserable, i suspect.






but it was a really lovely place.  if you look at their website, you can see photos with sunshine.


it’s funny that they had these little fawn statues, since we have the real thing all over the place here.






the sculptures were nice, but not cheap.  3800 pounds for this one…


…it would have been very difficult to transport back to the states.




i kind of wish i’d bought this bird, because it was charming.


these glass pieces were nice, too.  i don’t know why the photos are so fuzzy; it might have been due to the hastiness of me taking pictures in the rain.




this is a great butterfly chair.


it was all nice, but like i said, our enthusiasm was dampened by the rain…

but then, on to lunch!

more to follow soon.

ok then,

mrs. first day of july hughes.


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