Monday, 6 May 2019

By Full Tilt River and Switchback Sea

It was a drizzly, misty Monday morning at the estuary in Laugharne, West Wales.  There's a short walk from the sleepy town that loops past the castle, along the estuary to Dylan Thomas's writing shed, and then his former residence, The Boathouse.  It's the same route we take on every visit, sometimes reversing it for variety.  We stopped at the writing shed first.  It always amuses me how the first line of the text displayed on the information panel outside is "This is not the Boathouse", because tourists were getting confused.  There are also lots of signs along the narrow winding lane warning "Go back now!" and "No turning space ahead" because a few people had tried to drive along it and ended up getting their cars stuck.

The inside of the writing shed, taken through the window 

 The title of this post is taken from this poem

We were there too early in the morning to go into The Boathouse.  There's a museum inside that we've never been to.  I'm sure we'll visit again.  On this occasion, we just soaked up the quiet stillness of the estuary so early in the day.  There were few other people about, just the odd dog-walker, and the only sound was gulls crying.  There was something almost eerie about the atmosphere.

THIS is The Boathouse!

We'd stayed overnight at Browns Hotel (another Dylan hotspot, he propped up the bar there) and were walking off a particularly fantastic breakfast.  Chris had the full Welsh breakfast, which included laverbread (pureed seaweed) and cockles, while I'd opted for Eggs Royale.  After our walk, we headed back to the hotel, and I had a quick photo next to the Dylan artwork.  It's been there for years, but they've added a frame to it now.

Wearing: wide-leg trousers from Heyday, 1960s' wool Dereta jacket, Failsworth mariner's cap (charity shopped), 'Chanel' bag (charity shopped), F&F boots (car boot sale), 1970s' slashneck top (vintage fair).

It was a short trip, we headed off to visit a few charity shops on the way back home, and called in to see Chris's Mum.  You can see photos from my previous trips to Laugharne here and here.

Linking up with: #iwillwearwhatilikeVisible Monday, Fancy Friday


  1. I always enjoy your visits to Laugharne. You complement that writing shed beautifully in that fab coat! xxx

  2. You had me when I read the title, and how appropriate, with your birthday coming up, that it's from that particular poem. He really had a way with words! Laugharne and the estuary are particular favourites, and look enchanting in all weathers. I think the misty, rainy weather suits it very well. How wonderful that you got to stay at Brown's Hotel! Love your outfit, perfect for a trip to the seaside in weather like this! xxx

  3. Gosh, that's a lovely view. And such beautiful poetry too. It all feels so timeless! I wonder if Thomas would still recognise most of it...


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