Birthday Books And French Breasts.

18 Apr

Ink sketch: Oystermouth Castle.

Another birthday! Woohoo! Husb gave me three excellent books first thing and then took me this evening for a gorgeous meal at PAs wine bar in Mumbles, one of our favourite restaurants. While we were waiting I sketched the Norman Oystermouth Castle, currently being renovated in the distance behind some of the little Victorian cottages tottering down one of the many Mumbles hills. It’s a funny name, Mumbles. Legend has it that French sailors, upon seeing the two small islands offshore, shouted “Mamelles” which means breasts. Trust the French, eh? The word could also come from Celtic, Latin or Nordic roots but I think I prefer the French story. Drawn into my little A6 cat-themed sketchbook.

The books: Rob Brydon – ‘Small Man In A Book‘ / Philip Pullman – ‘The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ’ / Martin Gayford – ‘A Bigger Message: Conversations With David Hockney‘ . Plenty of reading for weeks to come – lovely 🙂


23 Responses to “Birthday Books And French Breasts.”

  1. Magill April 20, 2012 at 19:55 #

    Oops, and Joyeux Anniversaire!!

  2. Magill April 20, 2012 at 19:54 #

    Wait, I was actually expecting tetons…haha :0 😉

  3. Doodlemum April 19, 2012 at 22:23 #

    Happy belated birthday. Sounds like a perfect day too.

  4. ziggyshortcrust April 19, 2012 at 20:28 #

    A very Happy Birthday to you. And a good set of books.

    • Rosie Scribblah April 21, 2012 at 10:41 #

      Thank you and they are – I’m trying to read all three at once.

  5. Hugh Smith (@Oilygr1n) April 19, 2012 at 18:25 #

    The Celtic word mamucium meaning breast shaped hills is also credited as a possible source. What ever it’s origin thank god for their poetic prose. If named today you might have celebrated your birthday in the lovely seaside village of *Nice Tits* ?: )

    • Rosie Scribblah April 21, 2012 at 10:58 #

      hahaha it probably means just that to French sailors 🙂

  6. Hansi April 19, 2012 at 14:56 #

    Hope you had a happy birthday, and wore your birthday-suit all day 🙂

  7. An Elephant's Child April 19, 2012 at 14:21 #

    A belated Happy Birthday 😀
    That’s a lovely sketch btw.

  8. Alli Farkas April 19, 2012 at 04:00 #

    I’ve always maintained that the best people were born in April…happy birthday!

  9. Russell. April 19, 2012 at 00:32 #

    Happy Birthday Rosie, sounds like you had a great day!
    Naming islands & hills after boobs seems commonplace, The Paps of Jura, up in Scotland, spring to mind. Great sketch, Russell.


    • Magill April 20, 2012 at 19:56 #

      Or the Grand Teton out in Western US. 🙂

    • Rosie Scribblah April 21, 2012 at 10:40 #

      Thanks Russell – you’re right. Another one is bald heads – Moel in Welsh, which means a treeless smooth hill.

  10. Drew Kail April 18, 2012 at 23:35 #

    Happy Birthday!

  11. jhv57 April 18, 2012 at 22:29 #

    Happy Birthday, Rosie! Happiest of days and years!
    This is too cool.
    My blog today is about today being the anniversary of my father’s birthday.
    Also, the birthday of one of my favorite collaborator/artist friends. Paté Conaway–he knits sculpture from wire and garden hose, etc. He has done this as performance/demo in museum settings.

    We curated a show together–effortless and fun!
    Knew I liked you for good reason.


    • Rosie Scribblah April 21, 2012 at 11:17 #

      Thanks for the links to Pate’s work Judith. Your blog about your father was lovely.

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