Spring is great for walking and cycling. There can be very warm days but generally it is just a comfortable temperature for getting out and about. The birds get very busy around the feeders at Rose Cottage and there is much activity around the river as well, with plenty of birdsong in the air. Rose Cottage is full of snowdrops and by April the banks and roadsides are alive with lovely bobbing yellow daffodils, our national flower. The primroses and the bluebells grow in profusion and are spectacular here.
There are bouncing, leggy lambs everywhere around the cottage dancing to the sound of the river and the amazing birdsong.
The nest boxes get busy and the heath land is positively alive with all types of birds, and birds of prey. The swallows begin to arrive and can be seen taking the mud out of the river for their nests. There are wild flowers everywhere, including the meadow in the garden. The local orchids start to flower in July and the baby woodpeckers get noisy. On warm days a paddle in the river is refreshing, or a visit to the beach at Aberdovey or Borth. Come home via the car friendly mountain road, it’s lonely, wild and beautiful! Hedgerow fruits begin to appear around the cottage and fields later on. There are blackberries, whimberries, wild raspberries and mushrooms to be picked. Owls can be heard at night and the clear dark night sky is stunning.
Titley Jazz Festival
Unsurprisingly this is a very popular time of the year with everyone. The days are shorter and cooler, ideal for walking and then coming back to light the fire and put your feet up.
It has been very sunny during autumn over the last few years, which makes the countryside look even more stunning. The hill behind the cottage is a patchwork of colours often shrouded in mist, if you are up early enough!
The rams are separated from the ewes at this time and can often be seen squaring up to each other in the fields. They are introduced to the ewes around bonfire night because hill farmers need to lamb later (March/April) than in many areas of the country.
There are blackberries, sloes, mushrooms, nuts, bilberries, crab apples….to name but a few fruits of autumn growing around the valley. This is also time for the local food festivals and cider pressing events.
Steam Gala, Welshpool and Llanfair railway
There is plenty to see around the valley, along Offa’s Dyke, the Kerry Ridgeway and Glyndwr’s way, and beyond. The wildlife is spotted more easily across the clear fields, and footprints are a dead giveaway in the mud pools, or if it snows.
Of course you could just light the fire in the lounge and put your feet up. Alternatively watch the wildlife through the panoramic windows of the cosy new sun room with its under floor heating(We have plenty of interesting birds visiting at this time of year).
Mid Wales Beer Festival and Real Ale Wobble (with bike)