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Some seaside views, creatures, and plants ...

hywel

By hywel

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Tenby lies on the south coast of Pembrokeshire, here in south west Wales,
and a friend took us there about 2 weeks ago.
(It’s a bit too far for me to drive these days)

The weather was rather grey and very windy, but I did take some photos, and here are a few for you to see :o)
(except that many of them are blurred, because the wind was so strong, I had difficulty keeping the camera still :D lol …)

First some views of the harbour :-

Here’s the old Lifeboat station, which is now someone’s residence :-

I don’t think I’d like to live there – there’s no garden !

In Tenby there’s a rocky headland called Castle Hill, which has some ruined walls on it.

Did you see the monkey puzzle tree … ?

It was very windy on the headland, but in a sheltered spot was this colourful display and a seat :o)

These Fuchsias seemed to be growing wild all around the headland ….

They wouldn’t keep still in the wind, for me to take their photos properly lol

And there was a lot of Ivy with many berries forming :-

A bandstand on the headland :-

If there was a band playing in it, I think they would have been blown into the water, the wind was so strong !

Just off the shore is St Catherine’s Island :-

You can walk to it when the tide is out.

And down on the beach I saw these things …
(well I have to bring some Botany into it lol)

Ascophyllum nodosum :-

Fucus vesiculosus (pronounced “Fewkus” !) :-

A jellyfish called Aurelia aurita …

They’re very common on the shores, and I have often seen shoals of them stranded when the tide goes out.

I found this pebble covered with little calcareous tubes :-

They are the homes of small worms, called Pomatoceros triqueter, which poke their feathered heads out when submerged under the sea :o)

This stone has been bored into by a marine creature – maybe a bivalve mollusc or polychaete worm :-

You can see some small encrusting creature inside some of the holes – it’s probably a Bryozoan called Membranipora ….

I remember all those things from my A level days, way back in the 1960s …
but I can’t remember yesterday !

Someone had been busy making a pattern with the pebbles.
I thought it looked like a necklace :o)

Back up in the town, this seems to be the main street :-

St Mary’s Church :-

We went inside but I didn’t take any photos – I thought it would be disrespectful.

The old town wall :-

Those modern signs don’t seem to ‘suit’ somehow :o(
I think they’re an eyesore … but necessary I suppose
:(

There were some very tall displays along one of the streets overlooking a bay :-

It’s best to visit these seaside resorts in the spring or autumn, when there are no holiday makers :o)
It gets very crowded in summer time …..

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Very interesting blog, Hywel ...
you have good knowledge of the names of seaside flora.

Fascinating photos and interesting captions.
Thank you. :o)

17 Oct, 2014

 

Loved your blog Hywel,feel as though I've been on holiday.:0)

17 Oct, 2014

 

An interesting blog Hywel, I enjoyed your visit to Tenby. I've often wondered what it was like, my late neighbour for 25 years came from there and often told what a lovely place it is.

17 Oct, 2014

 

Lovely blog Hywel, I haven't been to Tenby, it looks very nice and interesting, shame about the wind but it blows the cobwebs away!

17 Oct, 2014

 

I'm so glad you remember so much from your A level days Hywel. I think my receding memory has reached those years now. I'm putting this in favourites so that next time I go to a beach with the grand kids I can impress them with knowledge from my learned friends. Tenby looks like a great holiday town, best visited out of the main holiday season. Did you have a ride on the horse drawn carriage? That stone seat is a smashing idea. Thank you for sharing.

17 Oct, 2014

 

Those square holes in the castle walls picture 10 are where
the floor joists were put in. Case of every picture tells a story. I liked the 'necklace' idea.

17 Oct, 2014

 

thanks for sharing this wonderful view , Hywel :-)))

17 Oct, 2014

 

That looks like a lovely day out and so interesting.

17 Oct, 2014

 

What a really lovely place Tenby is. I went there a long time ago and don't remember it at all.

I love the necklace of shells and all the other close ups of items on the beach but I also love the seat with the pretty tub of colourful flowers.

Perhaps I too will get there again one day.
Thanks Hywel.

17 Oct, 2014

 

Thanks for posting this Blog, Hywel it was really interesting. How on earth do remember all those latin names etc?
Tenby looks a lovely place, I'd love to go sometime. Thanks for sharing you visit :)

17 Oct, 2014

 

Lovely photos Hywel I have many happy memories of holidays in Tenby and Saundersfoot when I met my hubby in the 80's we went with his family, Saw Radio 1 Roadshow on Tenby Beach and have been a few times since :))

17 Oct, 2014

 

What lovely photos Hywel. I like the views across the harbour especially. Wish I was good enough to paint it. Love the colourful houses and boats. Those flower arrangements are brilliant. Thanks for the info on the sea weed. I never knew what they were called. My dad told us they were sharks eggs...lol. It looks a lovely place to visit. Now on our must visit list for next year. Thank you for doing this blog.

17 Oct, 2014

amy
Amy
 

Thanks for the memories Hywel and nice to see you again , we have fond memories of Tenby having spent a holiday there when our children were young ,I remember them going out in a dingy into the cave in that rock in the sea some one standing near us told us how dangerous it was if the tide turned we were terrified and were calling them back ... x

17 Oct, 2014

 

Thanks for your informative blog Hywel, and also thanks for bringing back many happy memories, being as we lived in the Midlands we spent many years enjoying our holidays in Tenby, still remember the beautiful beaches and all that sand, it still looks good , and I would imagine this time of year it is even better, fascinating information re the pebbles.

17 Oct, 2014

 

Hywel when my niece and her OH came to us from Australia this June we spent a lovely few days at Wisemans Bridge and Tenby which they thoroughly enjoyed.

17 Oct, 2014

 

That was very nice Hywel - you are so observant as well as knowledgeable. Those stones with worms in were amazing. Fancy anyone living in the old lifeboat station! It must be awful in the winter storms. David was invited to go on a tour of the new one a couple of years ago with other collectors for the Lifeboats. I couldn't go as I wasn't very well.

Stroller did you go through the tunnel at Wisemans bridge? It makes you behave like a small child, making loud hooting noises to listen to the echo...

17 Oct, 2014

 

I really enjoyed your blog Hywel - I've been to Tenby many years ago now and kept thinking to myself I don't remember this... I don't remember that... But then I saw the City walls and the Arch and thought Yes! I have been to Tenby I remember that...!;D

17 Oct, 2014

 

Thanks for the tour Hywel. Lovely pictures ....and I did not feel the wind...LOL. The town looks so spotless. I love these travel blogs. Thanks again.

17 Oct, 2014

 

Thanks for all your comments. I'm pleased you liked my blog :o)

Scotsgran I did not go on the carriage.

18 Oct, 2014

 

Love Tenby....only 12 miles from me...great blog Hywel and as you say Tenby is even better out of season..:-)

18 Oct, 2014

 

Thanks for this interesting blog Hywel. I've never been to Tenby but an arm chair tour was lovely. Love the very first shot of the harbour framed by the flowers & that stone seat is very attractive. I think you must have a very good camera, all the photos you post are nice & clear. Any more wierd & wonderful cacti flowers recently? Loved the horrible tongues!

18 Oct, 2014

 

Sterra ... Yes we went under the tunnel and into Saundersfoot, I think it was round here by the river that we came across a little lane/road called `step a side`, as you can imagine our Ausie relatives were fascinated.

18 Oct, 2014

 

Happy memories for me too Hywel..not so many years ago..We did all the walks that you did,almost every night..as it was a lovely weather..The Hotel painted green,is the one we stayed in..lovely one too..our room overlooked the sea ..I love those stones and Seaweed shots..I'm sure the old Lifeboat station hadn't been converted to a home,when we were there.I would have remembered the colour..!We would love to go again,but it's a heck of a journey for us....you look so well and happy,Hywel..thank you for posting this blog and photo's..gone on my Favourites :o) xx

18 Oct, 2014

 

Great photos Hywel.....my parents loved Tenby. I can see why.

18 Oct, 2014

 

Thanks for all your comments. I'm pleased so many people like Tenby,
and have been there too :o)

Feverfew, there'll be some cactus photos in my next blog - nothing as spectacular as the tongues though :(

18 Oct, 2014

 

Stroller there is a village called Step a side about 6 miles from Tenby.. It is signposted Stepaside..I had never thought about the name before but just googled it and i got this....
Information signs at Stepaside state that legend says that Stepaside got its name when Oliver Cromwell and his army passed through on their way to Pembroke. Oliver Cromwell is reported to have asked people in his way to step aside, hence the name.

19 Oct, 2014

 

nice place!

19 Oct, 2014

 

Thank you Marybells ... :)

I didn't know that Sandra ... interesting how places get their names.

19 Oct, 2014

 

Superb blog as ever Hywel, lovely pictures, so interesting, I haven't been to Tenby but am now sorely tempted! pity it was windy on your visit but at least it was dry, thank you for sharing your visit x

19 Oct, 2014

 

Thank you Neena :)

20 Oct, 2014

 

Stroller - My husband (a Methodist minister retired) preaches at Stepaside chapel sometimes!

21 Oct, 2014

 

I didn't know that Sue ....

22 Oct, 2014

 

No, well, it can put people off if they know before they know him!

22 Oct, 2014

 

I have never been to Tenby but now I feel that I have! Thanks, Hywel, lovely blog and very interesting. I like all the arches, especially that first one with all the ivy (?) growing over it, beautiful, and the flower displays - someone has put a lot of work into the planting and maintenance and should be congratulated.

23 Oct, 2014

 

It doesn't put me off Sue ...

Thanks for your comment Gill ...

24 Oct, 2014

 

:)

24 Oct, 2014

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