Sunday, 13 July 2014

Our new neighbours. All they ever ask is ... is it green ... can you eat it?

Saturday, 28 June 2014


Living by the coast for the first time is very exciting because of the fast changing weather. Clouds come and go within seconds.

Thursday, 26 June 2014


Last night we were treated to wonderful time of story telling of very local 'old tales' from our own doorstep, stories about cottages in old woods that still there to this day. Stories of fairy folk, of strange happenings, of the unexplainable and downright humorous. All performed in and out of an old cottage just like the ones in the stories.

Stories of Ceredigion

Sunday, 22 June 2014


Now I live in Llanon I need to build up a stock of paintings related to my new home. I have an attic full of older material from a different part of Wales, different countryside, different buildings and scale. So, Aberaeron it was! Such a great place, full of painted houses and the well known feature 'The Harbourmaster'.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

HOW STRANGE - Living by the Sea.

It's so strange to just walk, ride, drive to the sea instead of travelling for hours. We are there in next to no time. Because of the orientation of our house we tend in hot weather to have the curtains closed all day and are now thinking of putting up even more thermal blinds to keep the rooms cool.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Afternoon walk in between showers.


In my very small new garden I have started to plant out my first seeds a bit close to the edge of some recommendations, but, who dares!
In my tiny patch we might have a massive harvest of Radish - Onions - French Beans - Mooli - Basil - Mustard Greens - Fennel - cut and Come Again Lettuce and more .... Chillies in the cold frame ... micro greens on the window ledges ... cucumbers in pots. We may soon be sampling wonderful treasures of freshness!!

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Dusk 'Strydd Yr Eglwys' Llanon - oil on canvas.

One minute walk from my front door at dusk as the red sun sets is this typically Welsh scene. Flowers on walls, at the bottom of walls and tumbling over walls. Nobody planted them ... they just appeared. The light on this occasion was magical, painting the front of cottages in gold.
Here is Llanon are lots of interesting corners to unexpected scenes as the light changes from moment to moment.

Dusk 'Strydd Yr Eglwys' Llanon - oil on canvas.

Thursday, 22 May 2014


Llanon is a wonderful place in the early sun of the day and also the last moments with its stunning sunsets.
There is something very special about the quality of the air in this part of Wales.

Monday, 19 May 2014


Two birds of prey for the price of one. Chasing the buzzard is one of the many hundreds of red kite now successfully back in Wales.


Everywhere is filled with the scent of spring. First the bright yellows of gorse, followed by the strong white petals and perfume of May blossom. This can be almost overpowering when the sun shines. Subtle smells of bluebell and other wild flowers will soon give way to garlic.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Banks of the Afon Cledan

This was a wonderful little walk at the back of the main street in Llanon. It follows the River (Afon in Welsh) Cledan. Everywhere in Ceredigion can still be found unspoilt wild flowers giving out wonderful bursts of scent. Flying overhead were buzzards and a family of red kites (once almost extinct, and now more common than sparrows it seems).


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