Season of Mist and Mellow Fruitfulness

There is no denying that autumn is already upon us. October 1st and at Rhosygilwen the pyracantha is full of bright orange berries and bees, though elsewhere the leaves are not yet falling. The ducks insist on making the mansion fountain their home. Their feathers have been known to block the pump and they can be very messy but it’s great to watch them splashing around… The eco house is still under wraps. The windows are in, the cladding and the roof is on. We can’t wait for the final unveiling, a few weeks away. It feels very warm inside with all that insulation. September saw the third Penfro festival and attendance was up from last year. The workshops did particularly well. The talks were fascinating and the two poet laureates, Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke, did a superb duo act to a capacity audience. We hosted our first folk evening (to be 3rd Thursday every month) and were amazed at the wealth of local talent. This is also true of the Penfro Poets which grew out of the Penfro festival last year and are still going strong. They are about to contribute to our first Schubertiade, later this month. A wonderful wild evening of Celtic music combined Kris Drever from the Orkney islands and Eamonn Coyne from Ireland with the homegrown talent of mother and daughter act, Delyth and Angharad.