Talley Abbey

Earlier this year I realised that I was getting into the habit of staying at home too much. I would think of going out somehwere and then it was ‘But I really ought to…’ ‘That’s a lot of petrol…’ Where would I go?’ and so on. The more I thought about it the problem was that I was going alone. Now sometimes that is fine and I prefer being alone but sometimes it is more fun if someone else goes with me plus having made the arrangement I will stick to it. When all this came up in conversation with my friend Lindy, who also lives alone, we decided we would get into the habit of going out on what she christened ‘Explores’ together and we made a list of places we would like to visit – some she knew and I didn’t, some I had been to and she hadn’t and some we had heard of but neither of us had visited. One of our early ones was to Lampeter to see Mrs Snail’s new shop which I knew she would like as much as I do.

A few days ago we went again to deliver the final chair from the set I have made new seat covers for. And whilst we were there another friend of Jan’s came in and mentioned that she had had a visitor staying and had taken them to Talley Abbey to have a picnic. Neither of us had heard of it and Katy explained it was a ruined Abbey with 2 large lakes – a very good spot for a walk and a picnic. So this week we headed off to find it. It didn’t disappoint.

Apparantly the original plans were very ambitious but before very much building had taken place a squabble with Whitland Abbey over who owned what land led to legal battles which bankrupted the Talley monks. After a good explore of the ruins we walked around the outside of the newer parish church next door but as I had Roo with me we didn’t go in.

Then it was through a gate into a field with a flock of sheep who were not amused at having to leave the bits of shade they had found against the wall by the gate and go into the hot sun! And, yes, even though Roo is very good amongst sheep she was on a short lead just in case. We were able to walk round the edge of the first lake but the bridge over the stream which joins them to the second was closed because it was unsafe. So we found a shady spot and had our picnic.

On the way home we stopped in Llandeilo and bought ice creams from an amazing confectioners. How I got out of there withut buying loads of chocolate I do not know! It is called Heavenly and is not mis-named!

We had planned to explore the town but decided it was too hot – another explores day for that one. Any excuse for another ice cream!


26 thoughts on “Talley Abbey

  1. Wood with History August 14, 2022 / 10:09 am

    I chose peach and apricot flavoured icecream, which had chunks of fruit in it. Absolutely Perfect!! Looking forward to the next ‘Explore’. 😉

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    • Going Batty in Wales August 15, 2022 / 10:43 am

      Thank you for doing the driving.


  2. Luffy August 14, 2022 / 10:55 am

    Loving the term “going for a bit of an explore”! I have a friend who adds -age to everything, so she would have said “going for a bit of explorage” 😂

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    • Going Batty in Wales August 15, 2022 / 10:44 am

      I like the word explorage! I find accents and speech patterns facinating – which is od for a person with poor hearing!

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  3. tidalscribe.com August 14, 2022 / 12:39 pm

    Yes it’s hard to get back into the life pre Covid. Outings have been sparse, but I had a little practice going on holiday as a lone widow by staying at the Premiere Inn near my daughter’s; with the spare room demolished in preparation for moving it was a good excuse to avoid the chaos. We met up on her days off and round their house for dinner, but when everyone was at work and school I enjoyed getting on the Loop bus and going on outings by myself.

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    • Going Batty in Wales August 15, 2022 / 10:45 am

      That sounds a perfect blend of being sociable and having time to do what you wanted without having to take other people’s wishes into account.


  4. Laurie Graves August 14, 2022 / 1:38 pm

    Outings are far and few between here, too. Most days you will find me at home, for the same reasons you listed in your post. But, as we Franco-Americans would say, it’s good to go on outings because they change the mind. What a beauty of an outing you went on! I enjoyed reading the bit of history you provided. And to cap it off with ice cream? A perfect ending.

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    • Going Batty in Wales August 15, 2022 / 10:46 am

      There were helpful notice boards and labels around the ruin which I appreciated and somewhere to get hot or cold drinks – self service and a pot for donations – but we had taken our own picnic so didn’t need that. The ice cream was the perfect treat to end the day with.

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    • Going Batty in Wales August 15, 2022 / 10:47 am

      It was and it is silly how many local places I haven’t been to!

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  5. Anne August 14, 2022 / 2:31 pm

    I know that feeling of needing to go out only too well, so I am glad that you and your friend have teamed up to explore the area. This has been an interesting read.

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    • Going Batty in Wales August 15, 2022 / 10:48 am

      Glad you enjoyed it. Very different from where you live but I am enjoying going to new places.

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  6. nanacathy2 August 14, 2022 / 4:47 pm

    I am all in favour of Explores, with someone or alone. Looks like you made a cracking start.

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    • Going Batty in Wales August 15, 2022 / 10:48 am

      We are determined to keep going!


  7. The Snail of Happiness August 15, 2022 / 3:28 am

    Oh, I’m so glad that you and Lindy went to Talley. Next time you come to Lampeter, we must have ice cream from Conti’s.

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    • Going Batty in Wales August 15, 2022 / 10:51 am

      I will keep you to that!

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  8. lisatheardentgardener August 15, 2022 / 9:55 am

    That sounds like a lovely adventure! Wait… my eye just caught the words “peach and apricot ice cream” in the above comment and now all other thoughts have gone blank. 😀 just YUM

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    • Going Batty in Wales August 15, 2022 / 10:52 am

      I had chocolate ice cream! It was ann amazing shop!

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  9. Lynda August 15, 2022 / 1:26 pm

    What a lovely adventure. We haven’t been exploring in so long; I think we need to do it. You have decided me! Now to think on… where to?

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    • Going Batty in Wales August 15, 2022 / 7:00 pm

      I hope you find somewhere nice to go.


  10. maya j August 15, 2022 / 6:12 pm

    Ooh if you are out for an explore come on up to Newtown. We have lovely parks and ancient churches and the Textile museum is delightful plus chelsea buns in Evans cafe are to die for

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    • Going Batty in Wales August 15, 2022 / 7:04 pm

      I might well do that! 50 years ago we lived in Rhayader and I knew Newtown quite well but I haven’t been back for donkeys years!

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      • maya j August 15, 2022 / 7:05 pm

        We were in Rhayder at the weekend ❤️ stunning down there

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  11. Jule August 17, 2022 / 4:34 pm

    Looking forward to more of your ‘explores’ – I’ve been on my 37th today since the start of June, thanks to cheap public transport tickets provided by the government. Alas, this will end this month.

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    • Going Batty in Wales August 18, 2022 / 2:07 pm

      I wish I could muse my bus pass more but I have to drive so mfar to get to a bus stop iyt never sems worth it!

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  12. Helen August 22, 2022 / 2:50 pm

    Glad you pinpointed why you weren’t exploring as much as you really wanted to and found the solution. It is better to have someone to share the experience with, for sure.


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