Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

St Justinian’s


On the Pembrokeshire coast , the St Davids Lifeboat station

St Davids Lifeboat Station-1

Mrs Ogg and I sat up on the cliffs and had a picnic lunch of pasties and cakes bought from the deli in St Davids. We watched as all sorts of waves and eddies flowed through this stretch of water, we didn’t know what exactly was going on (Mr Uhdd would have). Mrs Ogg said she thought it was The Bitches  and it  seems this stretch of water  between Ramsey Island and the mainland can get very lively indeed, no wonder a life boat has been stationed here for 140 years.

Just inland, is this very handsome farm house

Welsh Farm house -1

I’m wondering if it belonged to a yeoman farmer, it’s larger than most farmsteads you see in the area. I’d love to know if the original hearth is at the foot of that stunning chimney, actually if I’m being honest, I’d just like a nosy round to see if it wears its history on the inside as much as the outside.

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

8 thoughts on “St Justinian’s

  1. Well I’ve been and looked at the links and I must say that’s a little dicier paddling than we get up to hereabouts. Generally anyway. Nice lifeboat station. It makes me think that sort of career must be like a firefighter’s. Well, in principle. Different medium, same song.

    • In the UK, being a member of a life boat crew is usually voluntary, they drop the ‘day job’ or being with their family to respond to a call out. Membership often comes with a long family tradition. Yes, you’re right, same song.

  2. What a great phrase, ‘wears its history on the inside as much as the outside’. I’d like a nosy round too. I love looking round old houses, but usually have to content myself with National Trust mansions or holiday cottages. Actually, I like to look for the potential rather than the history.

  3. Oh I am hungry now! The joiner is eating his packed lunch – must get some dinner! The cottage looked awesome! Loved the red roof tiles on the first building.

  4. Great pictures – the lifeboat station has a spectacular view, but that must be a wild spot at times. I have the hugest admiration for the RNLI volunteers, mainly since I wouldn’t do that job for a handsome salary, far less for free. Brave, brave people.

  5. I think you left an “s” out of the first word of the text under the picture of the lifeboat station, maybe? I’m like you. I see a cottage like the one pictured above and I long to know how it is laid out inside. However, I’ll bet that the big chimney on the left is the original hearth, rather than the one in the middle. The one in the middle looks like a later addition that goes with the add-on to the left of it.

  6. Is the roof a mix of slate and thatch?

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