May 14

31st May 2014
May 2014

I didn't get much work done during May, though I seemed always to be busy. I blame the garden.

I did get around the north of the county (Ceredigion) quite a bit. I set off in sunshine to climb to the top of the outrageously steep hill above Ysbyty Cynfyn, to see the ancient remains. But when I got there it was pouring. So a picture of the church would have to do, or rather the outside of the church, as the door was locked.

The church stands within a circle which includes at least one standing stone.

Ysbyty Cynfyn

The rain made Devil's Bridge appear very "Hinterlandish".

Another sunny start and off, in hope, to Betws Bledrws to get a picture of the weird column. But it had turned dark and dull by the time I arrived

A bit further afield, and yet more dull grey weather at Nant Gwrtheyrn. I was there for the 'Bedwen Lyfrau' organised by Welsh publishers to promote new works.

The beach - see what I mean?

But the Nant was fairly scenic

Inside was better; here's Llŷr Gwyn Lewis launching his volume of poems.

and Alwyn Elis receiving a lifetime achievement award for his tireless efforts on behalf of publishing in the Welsh language.

On a visit to town I chanced upon the "Bring back our girls" protest

and later on in the week, they had tied ribbons to the Prom railings, which sent a shiver down my spine as I remembered the pink "ribbons of hope" for April Jones at the very same spot.

I gave a talk to Merched y Wawr, Rhydypennau Branch, one evening, and presented this print towards their raffle. It was taken from my kayak, out in the bay, opposite Aberystwyth Prom.

Another trip to town produced this, which was sold by the agency I use. I'd gone there to get a picture of the burned out boat (which made the national news), but it must have sunk by the time I arrived!

I was also too late for the "Race for Life", but I did get the very last few people (on crutches) to cross the line!

and these happy souls

Southward bound to catch a sunny day on the shores of Ceredigion...


from the coast path..

Penbryn church - built within in a circle, and so probably an early celtic church

The jewel on the coast - Llangrannog

and a Spaniel cools off in Afon Ffynnon Ddewi at Cwmtydu

And closer to home, that glorious view from the lay-by between Aberaeron and Llan-non

Then helping a friend - some WWI related pictures

part of the Aberystwyth war memorial

then this altarpiece carved by a Flemish refugee artist for Llanfihangel-y-creuddyn church

There came an election, a best forgotten EU election. This sums up my feelings on that dismal grey day.

After the gloom came the gloss

Thrift at Clarach

Snowdonia beyond the Bay

I knew I had to make an effort to document the "Queen's Commonwealth Baton", though I had no interest in the hype. The event was swamped by adults in hi-vis jackets. I'll say no more, but this picture is quite nice, and friendly and genuine, at least.

'till next time

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