Today we've been to St. David's, a tiny cathedral city about a dozen miles from where we're staying. We've been there before but didn't go inside the Cathedral, so did that today. It's beautiful, as are all cathedrals.....whilst I'm not remotely religious, I do love cathedrals - the sheer hugeness and majesty of the architecture never fails to amaze me, how people managed to construct such magnificent massive buildings all those years ago with essentially very primitive tools just blows my mind. The intricate, detailed and highly decorative carvings and ceilings, plus the fabulously beautiful stained glass windows, fill me with awe. I took some photos (with my phone, as always, so apologies for their inadequacies).
Just one little moan here.....this cathedral, in common with several others we've been in, makes a point of saying it has free entry, but has posters and a big collection point right in your face in the entrance way, asking for a 'suggested donation of £3.00 per adult'. Now, don't get me wrong, I do realise the upkeep of such a building costs a lot and don't mind at all making a donation. But a 'voluntary' donation should surely be just that - a voluntary amount, of whatever you feel able to make, NOT what amounts to more or less a blatant demand for a fixed amount. Having said that, £3.00 is a lot less than some others we've been in......Right, i'll get off my soapbox now!
The ceiling was just glorious, so beautiful. The tapestry in the last photo was amazingly detailed with the most intricate stitches, it must have taken months and months to complete, such beautiful work by a very talented person.
On the way back from St. David's, we went to Porthgain, a tiny very picturesque harbour our cottage owner had told us about. It was very hot and sunny, we climbed up on the hill overlooking the harbour and open sea and sat there for a while, hoping we might see some dolphins....no luck though.
I'd read on TripAdvisor about a collectibles shop with tea room attached, in a little village called Mathry, 3 or 4 miles down the road from here, so we stopped off there for afternoon tea. The reviews said it was good....they weren't wrong, it was fabulous.
Sandwiches with 2 fillings, crisps, scones with jam and fresh strawberries, an assortment of cakes. The little gold-rimmed cups held strawberry jelly with cream and strawberry-flavoured chocolate curls....how cute! And a large pot of really good tea, and all served in/on very pretty vintage china. It only cost £14 for the two of us, which we thought was a really good price, especially seeing as, having eaten the sandwiches, crisps, scones and jelly, we couldn't manage the cakes so the proprietor boxed them up for us to bring home.
Oh, and I bought a lovely 2-tier cake stand in the blue & white china I'm collecting, in the little collectibles shop, which had some lovely things in it. I forgot to take a photo of it though.