Sheep!

The World's Best Lawnmower

Overnight we have gone from owning an average-sized easily maintained garden to having over 4 acres of land to tend to. Leigh always dreamed of having enough grass to justify getting a ride-on lawnmower. He soon realised that a ride-on wouldn’t cut the mustard with four paddocks to manage. 

Leigh mowing the picnic meadow

His trusty petrol mower is great for trimming the path in the picnic meadow, but for our large paddock we had to call in the experts 🐑

Our biggest meadow needs more than a mower!


Thankfully one of our new neighbours has a flock of sheep that she was happy for us to borrow. 

It gives her pasture time to recover while they stuff their faces with our prime juicy grass! Win-win 😁 

Ziggy wasn’t sure what to make of them at first, but he’s getting used to having new wooly friends (I think he’s a bit scared of a couple of the feistier girls actually). They are such characters and often come and stare up at our window as if they want us to come out and play. 

I do love having them here as they are so entertaining and they are doing a sterling job on that grass ☘️ We need to keep them for a few weeks and I’m sure we’ll have them back again later in the year – they are the best lawnmowers in the world!

New Beginnings in Wales

How it Began

They say “Nothing worth having comes easy”. Well, our relocation to Wales has certainly been eventful! After 6 months of conveyancing and collapsing chains, we finally moved into our new home on 17th March 2020, ready to take over the running of Coedmor Cottages and enjoy all the amazing places Mid-West Wales has to offer. 6 days later, we found ourselves in lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Not the start to our new life in the country we were hoping for…but we could be in a worse place!

Zena, Leigh & Ziggy

We are disappointed that we had to cancel the bookings already in the diary for March & April. But looking on the bright side, it means that we have extra time to work on the cottages before we have any guests to stay. We have spent our first 2 weeks settling in, exploring the beautiful walks that we can do from our doorstep and writing the new Coedmor Cottages website.

The view from the walk to the top of the hill behind the cottages

We managed one trip out to Penbryn Beach a couple of days before lockdown…we won’t be allowed to drive anywhere for walks for a while so we’re glad we had one visit to the seaside to keep us going. 

Penbryn Beach, Cardigan Bay
Penbryn Beach
Leigh & Ziggy at Penbryn Beach

Social distancing is tough for everyone but we feel blessed that we moved before the restrictions started and we are in such a beautiful place. We have 4 acres of our own land to wander and have already spotted a pair of Red Kites building a nest in the valley below. There is so much open land around us it is easy to walk without seeing another soul.

What’s next?

We’re going to start work on renovating Woodpecker & Red Kite cottages – new furniture and furnishings and a new shower for Woodpecker too. Interiors are a big passion of mine, so I can’t wait to get started! 👩‍🎨

The Cottages