Big Pants, Burkini And The Nightwalker

19 Jul


Another glorious day, temperature around 30 Celsius, a heatwave!!! Husb and I went down to the beach again this evening, when it had cooled off a little and for the first time in years I went into the sea for a splash about. I can’t swim and our summers are usually so miserable that I rarely bother going in for a dip. I don’t even have a swimming costume so I made do with a sports bra, crop top and a pair of big pants, Bridget Jones style. If the weather stays nice I am tempted to buy a Burkini. I’m a pale, freckly, gingery Celt, practically a nightwalker and I rarely go out in strong sunshine so a Burkini might be the answer. I hear Marks and Spencer sells them now. Hhhmmmmmm!


When I was little we were on the beach all through the summer and stayed in the sea for hours. Ironically, it was pretty grubby back then, now we have international standards and Swansea Beach is nice and clean. I scribbled for just a few minutes, focusing on getting down the barest details of the scene using a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen into my A5 leather bound steampunk style sketchbook. The sun was much stronger last night and I took this snap of Husb and me as shadows on the beach.


I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams, hunting the wild megalith, accompanied by my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures. All the work I’m doing will eventually be featured in a solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. If you want to know more, please click here.

4 Responses to “Big Pants, Burkini And The Nightwalker”

  1. allesistgut July 20, 2016 at 07:32 #

    It’s nice to live so close to the sea so that you can go down for a dip into the water and breath in the nice summer air. Lovely photo and sketch! Have a lovely day. 😀

    • Rosie Scribblah July 20, 2016 at 12:14 #

      Oh yes, I’m very lucky. I think the summer is over now though, much cooler and very overcast 😀

  2. Leonie Andrews July 19, 2016 at 23:22 #

    Ah I know the perils of being a freckly Celt type in Australia. It’s hats, sunblock, and what we call a rash shirt for swimming here. (The ‘rashie’ is a t-shirt style garment, with long or short sleeves, designed to be worn while swimming or surfing).

    • Rosie Scribblah July 20, 2016 at 04:54 #

      The rashie sounds useful, never seen anything like it here. Husb is even paler and we both go like beetroot very quickly, not an attractive look lol 😁

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