August '14

28th August 2014


August is a month of Welsh language cultural indulgence, i.e. it's National Eisteddfod time. This year Carmarthenshire was the host, and the 'Maes' stood in a beautiful coastal spot near Llanelli.

We and other family members decamped to St Clears for the week, making forays to the Eisteddfod on several days.

We stayed here - and had a lovely time at Bryncaerau cottage

I hadn't realised prior to exploring the village that St Clears was so important during the Rebecca Riots.



From there it's an easy drive to visit beautiful estuaries, Laugharne,




Llansteffan




Pendine




Llanmiloe



and the edge of Pembrokeshire and Narberth's quaint shops are not too far.


A very sad reminder of the dangers of the road, near Llanddowror.


The Hywel Dda centre at Whitland




Of course, the Eisteddfod was not too far away either. I didn't spend as much time as I'd planned there, and so tried to make good by concentrating on taking pictures which I liked, or which might come in handy for sales to magazines and so forth. But as with any eisteddfod, the real priority is stopping to greet old friends.


Dr Huw Owen launching his bilingual history of the Gwendraeth Valley.


From little acorns, oak trees grow.


Lleucu Roberts - winner of not one, but two major prose competitions.


On their sunny, dusty way to the Bryn Fôn gig


Honky Tonk girls!

I do a little regular work for Barddas magazine, which is a Welsh publication dedicated to poetry.


Here's Guto a Lisa Dafydd bringing sunny smiles to the Barddas stand; and they have plenty to smile about, as Guto became one of the youngest winners of the Crown, one of the most prestigious literary competitions.

Where o where did the following weeks disappear? There was a storm in Aberystwyth. Storms are irresistible


Kids, eh!


Poor old shelter gets it again.

Then I spend too long photographing for a tasty book, which should be out for the Christmas market. Mmm, here's a juicy pic.



I'll never learn my lesson regarding upgrading software. I pressed "upgrade" on Photoshop, and I still can't get the new version to work with a few tricks and plug-ins I used to have on tap. Days go by wasted due to poor internet connections and general computer related hiccups.

Prior to the Eisteddfod I announced a 'raffle' of sorts for my Twitter followers, and the name that came out of the ether, winning a panoramic print of the submerged forest at Borth is Geraint Morgan of Cardiff.

The print has been made on gorgeous rag paper, and will be winding its way to Geraint very soon.



More of the same is planned for the next few weeks - finishing off (hopefully) projects for authors and publishers, in the meantime I have and am still stuck in the house due to a painful foot (plantar fasciitis). According to "the web" it's something that afflicts long distance runners. That's the thanks I get for going the extra mile for my clients!

Thanks for reading

Iestyn


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