Singing In The Chapel!!!!

8 Jan


Anyone who knows Husb and me knows that we’re a pair of unrepentant godless heathen. And would be very surprised that we went to chapel today! A gorgeous Unitarian chapel up on Gellionen Mountain, completely deserted and shrouded in this morning’s thick fog. The lovely wood-lined interior was decorated with holly and ivy and there was a chalice and large candle lit in front of the simple pulpit. I did a very quick sketch before the service started with the rousing Welsh hymn, Calon Lân, one that Husb and I hadn’t sung since childhood. Surprisingly I really enjoyed singing it. But that’s not the reason we were there. The chapel had organised a visit from Mari Ystrad, the Ystradgynlais Mari Lwyd and I’m getting a bit obsessed with the tradition of The Mari and jumped at the chance of drawing another one, after following Mari Trecopwr, the Coppertown Mari around North Gower last week.


The Mari Ystrad was incorporated into the simple and moving service with great hilarity and afterwards we munched on delicious home-made Welsh cakes. Mari Ystrad seems less sinister and more skittish than the Mari Trecopwr and now I’m just going to have to go and draw some more to see how they differ……



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

7 Responses to “Singing In The Chapel!!!!”

  1. Hi Rosie,once again great different sketch..and the story is rather encaptulating thinking of the good ol Welsh fog [haha] must have been quite eerie with the loneness of the place..but heartfelt too no doubt…regards Diane.

  2. lucylawrencedesigns January 9, 2017 at 10:23 #

    I really enjoyed reading this, Rosie, and love your drawings of The Mari!

  3. kestrelart January 9, 2017 at 00:41 #

    Myth in action!

    • Rosie Scribblah January 9, 2017 at 09:20 #

      It certainly is. It’s lovely to see the revival happening.


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