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What a wonderful day out we had on a crisp and sunny morning in January when we went to the Food Fair at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales in Carmarthenshire There is always something exciting to see and do here, whatever the time of year, in beautiful West Wales!

Walking up to the great glass house there were carpets of snowdrops and aconites under the trees and even some daffodils in flower. The dazzling colour of the Cornus against the brilliant blue sky was stunning. What a treat to step into the Orchid House to soak up some warmth in the steamy atmosphere, where luscious palms and ferns overhung the path and the smell of damp, warm peat hung on the air…

Then off to the great glass house to sample some delicious treats from the food fair: mouth-watering home made breads from Caroline’s Real Bread Company, Brecon (will deliver anywhere!), jams, marmalades and chutneys from Sarah Cooks, beautiful meats from Carn Edward in the Gwaun Valley and lots more – not forgetting the ready-to-cook squirrel! We sat on a bench in the sun eating a delicious picnic we had bought, feeding crumbs to a robin who also enjoyed pumpkin seeds from our pumpkin and stilton scones!

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