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Middle Mill

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    • Day 50

      Another quiet day

      October 12, 2016 in Wales ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      Another quiet day. I'm not sure whether it's travel fatigue, the long drive on Sunday or the relaxing nature of Pembrokeshire but I didn't feel like doing much today either.

      As you can imagine the breakfasts here are lovely. Yesterday I had poached eggs with potato and laverbread hash. I thought it would be the best way to have laverbread. It was nice.

      Today I had pancakes with maple syrup and bacon. It's the first time I've had it and it was weird but good.

      I went down to St Justinian's which is close to Ramsey Island and where the lifeboat is.
      I did a small part of the coastal walk which was very coastal indeed! The path is very close to the edge and I could imagine how people could be blown off in high winds.

      From there I went to Whitesands which is a lovely beach. There were plenty of dogs around. Dogs aren't allowed on the beach May - September. There was a little tent pitched on a hill nearby, crazy people!

      I came across a small woollen mill. They mostly make carpets and rugs. I was able to see the loom (automated) working and they had a good description of the process. They also have the original waterwheel running. Well I imagine all the parts have been relaxed as they mentioned the wood had rotted and they'd switched from (I think) oak to elm.

      I stopped at a little pub for lunch. I am finding that little random pubs can do great food. I opted for sausages and mash. I never understood the appeal of this dish until coming to the UK. Now I like it. Every item on the menu had peas as the veg. Even the curry came with "rice, peas or half and half".
      These peas were at least garden peas and not mushy.

      While waiting for my meal I noticed all these farm implements hanging above the fireplace. It brought to mind the Torchwood episode "countrycide" where instead of find aliens being responsible for people going missing in the Welsh countryside it was a small settlement of people using implements like those on the wall. It gave me a giggle (and a small sense of unease). When I mentioned it to the landlord he was familiar with the show but didn't really get the connection. He did show me they were bolted onto the wall and couldn't be used.
      Who knows what he thought of me. Having an active imagination isn't always a good thing.

      I went into Haverfordwest to pick up some essentials and then came back to the castle to relax.

      Tea at a pub in Solva was one of the most ordinary meals I've had so far. A whopping beef rib with tasteless chips. Oh well.

      St Justinian's lifeboat station
      Coastal walk
      Ramsey island
      Whitesands beach, nite the blue speck that is the tent
      Waterwheel at Woollen mill
      The Rising Sun Inn
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