So, another day with Tony away, on standby in London:
meanwhile it was a typical day at Ffarm Fach. Thankfully the weather proved a little kinder, the wind dropping & the rain gradually pattering away to nothing, leaving by the close of day, a remarkably clement evening for the time of year. I’d arranged to meet Carl & Boo at their beautiful home & B&B business, Maes Y Derw, in Newcastle Emlyn: & was greeted at the door with a welcome glass of warm mulled wine.
After a drink & a chat we headed into Emlyn for the annual Victorian Evening, held each year to celebrate the approach of Christmas with the switching on of the town’s Christmas lights, all the shops throwing open their doors & with market stalls in the streets, carol singing, & festive high spirits, an understandably popular event. The town was already packed when we arrived at around 7pm; & we weaved through the crowds, greeting the many people we’ve got to know during the short time we have been here.
Apart from enjoying the superb party atmosphere throughout the town, stopping for mince pies, glasses of wine & cheery chat with friends & neighbours, it was also useful from the point of more general networking; discussing with many of the town’s local tradespeople our wares & whether they’d be interested in stocking them – & vice versa; finding suppliers for fresh seasonal fruit & veg, free-range organic produce etc.
By the end of the evening we were absolutely starving & found to our disappointment that much of the street market (including all the hot food!) had already sold out & closed for the night; so we treated ourselves to freshly-cooked fish & chips before returning to Maes Y Derw for a glass of Boo’s delectably sophisticated Irish coffee.
I caught up with Tony, who’d spent a busy afternoon after fulfilling his standby commitment; having visited my Mum & Dad after which he headed back to our old home in the Cotswolds to meet up with friends Neil & Michelle, where he played the ‘magician’s assistant’ & was repeatedly sawn in half with a plastic toolset by their little children, who were delighted to have a temporary playmate to have fun with (Tony being very much a big kid, himself!).
I headed homewards after a thoroughly enjoyable evening, the soft night breeze cool & refreshing with the stars prickling through the branches of the beech tree at the top of the drive as I closed the gate for another night’s rest. We are so lucky, to live in such a warm & wonderful environment.