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Pantycelyn

3 Aug

1 Pantycelyn

Husb and I took a stroll along the magnificent Pantycelyn Road earlier. It has one of the most beautiful views in Swansea, over the bay to north Devon. I think Pantycelyn means the Holly Bridge in Welsh. I drew quickly with Daler Rowney medium willow charcoal sticks into a Khadi handmade paper sketchbook in the late summer evening sunshine.

Another Yew On Ethical Paper

2 Aug

7 Cwmdonkin

Another lockdown walk this evening and another charcoal drawing of a grand old yew tree in Cwmdonkin Park. There are loads of yews there, gnarled, ridged, wrinkled. Some of them have branches that have grown back into the main trunk of the tree, other branches wrap round the main trunk like they were ivy. I’m drawing into a lovely Khadi hand-made paper sketchbook. The paper is heavy, textured with deckle edges and it’s an ethical company too.

The Old Yew And Rhubarb Crumble

1 Aug

6 Cwmdonkin

Husb and I are still following our lockdown exercise routine most days, even though the restrictions are much more easy going now. It’s a good system that’s kept us going for the past four months so we might as well keep it up. I stopped to do a charcoal sketch into my Khadi sketchbook of this formidable old yew tree in Cwmdonkin Park. It’s gnarled and twisted and the shapes writhing all over, in and out of it, trigger the imagination. If you click on the link, you’ll find information about the childhood of the poet Dylan Thomas’ in the park.

rhubarb crumble 2

I also made a rhubarb crumble – our back garden is a rhubarb jungle – it’s been fantastic this year but I’m running out of ideas for using it up. Luckily it’s popular in my family. I didn’t get to take a photo of it before my nephew got his share – he’s a strapping lad and a massive crumble fan. Husb will see the rest off.

 

Funny Old Day With Plums

30 Jul

plum tarte tatin small

It’s been a funny old day. Quite busy with work, then sorting out my vegetable plants, redesigning my computer station so that I can work standing up, Tai Chi followed by a cold shower with a nod to Wim Hof, the car died and got towed away for scrap, my first reflexology treatment for four months, discovered an unconscious man slumped in a doorway, argument with the woman from emergency services because I wouldn’t touch him – no PPE and it’s a pandemic, he was breathing, no blood, no signs of broken bones, just unconscious –  waited until the ambulance came with staff maxed out on PPE, got a Chinese takeaway.

Then I made this plum tarte tatin. And Husb and I ate it. The plums are from my own little tree in a pot in the garden. The plum fruit moths had them earlier in the season, but I waited for them to leave and apart from a bit of a blemish on the skins, they were fine. I don’t mind sharing. The fruit tasted delicious.

One Huge Tree

23 Jul

5 Cwmdonkin

Husb and I have been walking regularly through the pandemic and we’re keeping up with it even though the lockdown has been eased. One of our routes takes us through Cwmdonkin Park, made famous by the poet Dylan Thomas, and there are many large specimen trees. This one is huge and spreads out from a wide trunk. I used willow charcoal into my Khadi sketchbook.

Scribbling After Weeding

21 Jul

8 Oystermouth

Did a hard session at the allotment this evening – it was too hot in the daytime – mostly weeding. The alternating torrential rain and hot sunshine is turning it into a jungle of weeds. After, I sat on a bench in the park and scribbled with some willow charcoal into my Khadi sketchbook.

Squint And Draw

20 Jul

Slip Bridge

Husb and I took a stroll along our local beach this evening, the weather was gorgeous, warm and sunny. I sat and drew the old Slip Bridge with charcoal into my Khadi sketchbook. The light was extreme and threw the bridge into sharp black and white so I squinted my eyes and tried to draw the light and shade, what I was actually seeing rather than trying to draw a bridge. The result is simplistic but dramatic with strange shapes where the symmetrical arches should be.

slip bridge 2

Lampost And Cake

16 Jul

Uplands lampost

I was queueing outside the pharmacy in the Uplands are of the city and spotted this chap across the road leaning up against the lampost, gazing at his mobile phone. He was queueing outside the other pharmacy.

Chocolate Pear

Then I made a poached pear and chocolate cake to take to my niece. I hope she remembers things like this when she’s choosing my nursing home.

The Strange Tree

13 Jul

2020 penllegare

Yesterday the weather was lovely, warm and sunny not like today which is pouring down. Anyway just 24 hours ago Husb and I went for a walk in Penllegare Woods. We hadn’t been since before lockdown started. I saw this strange contorted tree so stopped to sketch it. I used Daler Rowney medium sticks of willow charcoal into a Khadi sketchbook.

Family Visit 2020

12 Jul

family 2020

Now that we’re having some easing of lockdown in Wales, it’s possible to visit family again, as long as we’re outdoors and wearing masks and so on…. Luckily we’re having a pretty good summer and there’s plenty of outdoor spaces. The 19th century terraced housing tends to have back gardens and in the 20th century, housing development in the area was influenced by the Garden City idea so there’s lots of green space for both public tenants and private owner occupiers.  Husb and I visited our cousins and sat in their gorgeous garden, chatting with our masks on and moving further apart to drink our tea. It’s strange not being able to hug family, but these strange times will pass.

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