So after a brief interlude. We packed up yesterday at Pendine Sands and headed a few miles west of Narberth into the county of Pembrokeshire, to an area called Landshipping. This is a small hamlet very close to the River Cleddau. We’re currently on an independent site, with full facilities provided. This means the “Other Half” gets to launder my clothes and basically pander to my every whim! In return, I allow her ones hours TV soap on the piped TV…..seems fair!
The site is called www.newparklandshipping.co.uk It’s a very nice, reasonably priced, well equipped and mostly quiet caravan and camping park. The only issue so far is the nice old boy a few pitches up from us, who’s spent the entire sunny afternoon repairing his boat, which he has parked alongside his caravan and awning, using a large and very loud hammer. He’s clearly a regular as the “Other Half” pointed out to me shortly after we arrived…“He’s got a sideboard in his awning!?” Oh well, we’re just passing through and after a lifetime of work, he’s probably earned the right.
This morning we went for a stroll down to the River Cleddau. Years ago this was a bustling trading river, as it provides inland access to Milford Haven, and the area was also a source of coal, nowadays life’s a bit more serene.
Along the bank there’s not a lot going on and its probably under utilised as a tourist area. Its very scenic and all that, but there’s very little to attract families etc, although the moneypit of Oakwood Park is nearby. Even the local pub’s been closed for 5yrs. Still, I would imagine it’s a very nice area to live.
Following the river south we came to the old quay. Located here is a memorial stone to the 40 men, boys and possibly some women, who died in the Garden Pit Mine Disaster of 1844.
The mine workings went out under River Cleddau for about a quarter of a mile and were subject to water encroachment. On this occasion, a particularly high tide overcame the men who were working underground, reports suggest the main access shaft filled up with water at a speed of some 7 fathoms per minute. Locals managed to save 4 men and 14 boys by hoisting them up in buckets, everyone else perished.
What strikes you as you read through the list is the number of families left devestated with multiple losses and the young ages of some of the miners.
Tomorrow we head north west to a small village called Berea and get back to basics on a farm site called Llandigige Fawr, about a mile from Abereiddy Bay. To finish, i’ll leave you with documentary evidence that I do (on occasion) allow the “Other Half” some down-time.
That is all.