The last trip having been such a success and with the sun still shinning, it was decided a trip to Dyrffyn Gardens might be just the ticket, though on this occasion we didn’t need tickets as it was free entry to celebrate the approach of St David’s Day on 1st March.
There has been a manor house at Dyrffyn since the 17th century but the gardens seemed to have been created in the early 20th century by landscape architect Thomas Mawson for the then owner John Corey. The house appears to be being restored but we’ve never been inside, content as we are, to walk around the rather splendid horticultural magnificence on offer. I wasn’t expecting much, it being so early in the year but decided to take Nikon D300 with one of my favourite lenses the Nikon 60mm Macro.
We also took in the delights of Barry on the way, as we understood on the last Sunday of every month the Vale of Glamorgan Council dispense any excess wood that has been felled in the previous month. It was the devil’s own job to find, as the council’s Google dot that represented the depot, was a good half a mile from its actual location. It was at this point that driving round aimlessly following your nose proved a winning formula when quite by chance we happened on our nirvana.
If it all sounds too good to be true that the council might be distributing free logs you can be assured that they are not. A pile of broken branches and a mound of wood chippings with half a dozen souls like our good selves scrabbling for ‘the good stuff’ was all we discovered. The ‘good stuff’ was conspicuous by its absence. Still we secured a few branches for kindling and I laboured to fill a garden sack with wood chippings, hardly cursing at all.
On then to the gardens and a pleasant time was spent wandering around in the morning sunshine. I’d set the D300 to Vivid in the hope of finding some punchy colour and wasn’t disappointed. A swift Dandelion and Burdock to drink in the café with a Welsh harpist providing a tinkling soundtrack to our consumption of a fine carrot cake. It was then back home for some afternoon sporting action on TV watching Spurs being trounced by Arsenal and then Cardiff’s heroic’s in defeat to Liverpool concluded my backing of losers for the weekend.
Here are the favoured shots tweaked in Lightroom for your delight.