Something about living in West Wales has made me more aware of our precious environment. It could be the beautiful countryside and coastline, living on a smallholding or the fact that the area is alive with projects, people and businesses encouraging us to go ‘green’ and stay ‘local’.
On a mission to find out more, I headed for Newport, Pembrokeshire with my husband for the annual Green Fair on Saturday November 26th. When we arrived, we took a wander down Long Street to look at some cottages which have been restored using traditional building materials: lime and the lovely coloured lime wash, wooden window frames, Welsh slate.
The fair was buzzing with activity: local apples were waiting to be pressed, the smell of freshly made bread filled the air – we bought some Ceredigion bread from Mair’s Bakehouse; the wheat is grown in Aberystwyth, milled locally and baked in a wood fired oven.
To go with the delicious bread we bought some Welsh honey and spent some time talking to the producer about the benefits of keeping bees and the problems they have been having recently with their hives.
I left my husband to gather information on natural and eco friendly building materials at the Celtic Sustainables stand, picking up lots of ideas for renovating our own cottage.
Whilst hubby did the technical stuff I headed over to the ‘Wench’ stand to admire the upcycled clothes – these clever ladies buy second hand and charity shop clothes and turn them into amazing new garments – more about that in another post….
Altogether a really enjoyable and informative trip – we will be putting it in the diary for next year.