Blwyddyn Newydd Dda – Happy New Year

31 Dec


The Mari Lwyd (the Grey Mare), is an ancient Welsh New Year’s tradition undergoing a revival. Husb and I have been out with our local Mari Lwyd, The Coppertown Mari, Mari Trecopr, for the past two nights as it, along with a band of merry singers, poets and mischief-makers, did a tour of some of the pubs of North Gower, part of the Gower Old Horse Wassail.


The Mari Lwyd is a large puppet, made up of a decorated horse’s skull, ribbons, bells and shroud, operated by someone inside who traditionally behaves very mischievously. It looks really naughty in the photo. It is being operated here by David Pitt.

I did four drawings on the first night. The first three are quite tentative; I was getting used to the subject matter and it’s not easy to draw in rambunctious crowded pubs. By the fourth I was getting into my stride and getting into the spirit of the thing and it started taking on a life of its own.

So Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i chi – Happy New Year to you 😀


I am putting my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to buy one, you can see them by clicking on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

St Elvis

10 Responses to “Blwyddyn Newydd Dda – Happy New Year”

  1. Alli Farkas January 1, 2017 at 16:55 #

    I think I will stick with my very flesh and blood chestnut mare, thank you! That grey mare is scaring the bejesus out of me! Happy New Year to you too!

  2. lucylawrencedesigns January 1, 2017 at 08:59 #

    Happy New Year!
    Love your drawings – he really does look very mischievous!

    • Rosie Scribblah January 1, 2017 at 10:10 #

      Thank you, and a joyous New Year to you too. The Mari was very naughty 😁

  3. Leonie Andrews January 1, 2017 at 05:05 #

    Happy New Year to you and your husband!

    • Rosie Scribblah January 1, 2017 at 10:09 #

      Thank you Leonie. All the very best for the year ahead 😊

  4. outsideauthority December 31, 2016 at 23:32 #

    Blwyddyn Newydd Dda i chi Rosie

  5. kestrelart December 31, 2016 at 22:46 #

    So cool

    • Rosie Scribblah January 1, 2017 at 10:08 #

      Thanks Neil. Was fun to do. Bit past my bedtime though lol 😁

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