Here at the modest shack which Cneifiwr likes to call home, only one election leaflet has so far made its way past old Zip, the sheepdog, and Ianto, the sexually voracious ram who humps anything that moves. This was from a town councillor asking for Cneifiwr's vote to enable him to be re-elected.
Fortunately for the old monster concerned, Cneifiwr was not at home, and Zip and Ianto were otherwise engaged, or he would have reminded this candidate that he was never elected by anyone, but co-opted by pals of a local businessman involved in a controversial planning application. Cneifiwr would also have pointed to this candidate's very poor record of attendance at council meetings, so poor that he only just avoided disqualification a couple of years back.
Perhaps this is why not many aspiring politicians beat a path to Cneifiwr's door. Or perhaps things are unusually quiet in this neck of the woods.
Elsewhere it seems voters are angry with Meryl, with canvassers reporting that candidates known to support her are having a rough time. It also seems that the poison is rubbing off on Kevin Madge's Labour troops who are facing awkward questions about what Labour has been up to for the last eight years.
Meanwhile Old Grumpy (see his latest musings here) has pointed out the strange coincidence that wherever the Tories have a strong presence on a Welsh council, you have hardly any independents, and vice versa. The only exception to this rule is Conwy, for some reason. Here in Carmarthenshire there are currently no councillors who describe themselves as Conservatives, but 27 Meryl Independents of whom David Cameron would be very proud.
Over in Llandovery, Plaid candidate Pat Racher has started recording her election experiences in a nicely written blog, which you can read here.
The campaign in Llandovery is a gentle affair compared with the sparks flying in Cilycwm ward next door. Here we have a three-way fight between veteran Tom Theophilus, blogger Jacqui Thompson and a Tory would-be squire who spends his time hunting the wastes of northern Carmarthenshire when he is not being a barrister in London.
The Tory candidate is Master of the Emlyn Beagles, whose website describes this part of the world as follows:
the Country is principally mountain and moorland, with some more cultivated areas around Newcastle Emlyn and Cilycwm.
Tom Theophilus, now not far off his 80th birthday, has been a councillor for over 30 years. His election material makes no mention of the fate of Ysgol Pantycelyn in Llandovery, an issue which many local people will be worried about, but instead concentrates on attacking Jacqui Thompson and her husband for complaining about his role in a local planning application back in 2009.
Tom, who is chair of the powerful Licensing Committee, has also got into a spot of bother with Plaid Cymru for claiming that he has the support of Plaid. He does not, but that did not prevent him from making it up.
Cneifiwr has been taking another look at travel expenses claimed by county councillors, and will treat you to a more detailed run through next week. Suffice to say that Tom Theophilus and two others consistently claim significantly more than anyone else. His travel expense claims for the last three years average £2,350 per year compared with a grand total of £60 over three years for Cllr Siân Caiach from Llanelli.
Finally, back to Llangynnwr where Elwyn Williams has a good chance of taking the seat for Plaid. His Independent opponent is David Watson. Mr Watson works for Swansea council and lived in London before moving to Wales. A Cockney Jack, perhaps! Anyone interested in following the election there can subscribe to Papur y Plwyf (The Parish Paper), which is available in Welsh and English to anyone who e-mails