16 May

31st May 2016
A thunderingly good Welsh folk concert kick started the month, marking the contribution made by Phyllis Kinney and the late Dr Meredydd Evans to the field. 'Rocet' Arwel Jones presented Phyllis and her daughter, Eluned Evans, with a copy of 'Merêd: dyn ar dân'.

I took the cover picture during the first St David's Day parade in Aberystwyth, and it's probably the most emotionally charged picture I've ever taken. I was jostled a little while trying to take a set-up pose, and so I had to shift around to get what turned out to be a moving and natural picture of Dr Evans reacting to some excited children who were ready to take part in the event.

Most of the month was spent chasing diminishing returns as the research work on the next book draws slowly to it's conclusion. However a couple of small commissions brought about a welcome change of scenery and a little income to keep the wolf from the door as the other work progresses.

One of the jobs took me to Pembrokeshire and the south of Ceredigion, and as the weather was fine, I made the most of my time by taking pictures of a few places I'd missed out on during previous jaunts.

Dewi Emrys memorial at Pwllderi

St Dogmael's and Cardigan across the river

Melin Trefin

And another, slightly more thoughtful view

Neuaddlwyd - Madagascar missionary memorial and interesting field opposite the chapel. I don't know whether the field was planted with trees (they seem rather too close together), or vines, or ?

I'm proud of these potographs - the artist Aneurin Jones, and poet and farmer Emyr Jones 'Oernant'. Many thanks to both for allowing me to take their portraits.

Aneurin Jones at home

Emyr Jones, 'Oernant'

St David's Cathedral on an amazingly sunny day. I've visited often, but as far as I remember, this was the first time the sun smiled upon my visit.

It would be a strange and barren month if I hadn't taken any pictures for the local community newspaper, or the local chapel newsletter and website.

Here are some ladies from Capel y Garn preparing a bread and cheese lunch in aid of the Christian Aid Appeal. £400 was raised to help the poorest inhabitants of Bangladesh.

I like the challenge of taking and making portraits, and a lovely half day was spent at Llangrannog taking pictures for Steff Jenkins's autobiography. Marian and I then had a lovely lunch at the beach cafe in the village. What a hard life ;-)

We both had an interesting visit to the Dyfi Osprey Project to take a few pictures of Alwyn Ifans for the magazine 'Golwg'. Marian is now an avid follower of their 'chick-flick' streaming from the nest!

The inevitable journey 'up north' to visit family, and the Vale of Clwyd looked wonderful in the sunshine.

Back down to Carmarthen on Bank Holiday Saturday and a very tasty lunch at the new Welsh Centre yr Atom . It was carnival day, and so I snapped a few pictures in passing, before the heavens opened and the thunder clapped.

On the way back home, the road was blocked off by a Mansel Davies lorry and a fire engine. We heard on the news that there had been severe flash flooding there.

As is my habit, I'll leave you with a Clarach sunset (or two). A tranquil end to a thunderous month.

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