Wednesday, 16 January 2019

NOW THE GREEN BLADE RISETH

Tollesbury  -  Prentice Hall Lane 



NOW THE GREEN BLADE RISETH

Sown in Autumn,
on heavy soil.

By the year’s turn when days are bleak and short,
The wheat is small 
but showing vivid green.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Tollesbury Low Water


Tollesbury Low Water  31 x 44 cm   Acrylic on Paper 




Let the reader look attentively at the outline of this slighted county on the map. He will see in the first place how beautifully the coast-line is broken up by tidal rivers and estuaries, by creeks and islands’.

Reginald A. Becket in his book Romantic Essex 1907

Friday, 11 January 2019

Loch Stack and Arkle

Loch Stack   90 x 60 cm   Acrylic on Paper



Loch Stack 

A large freshwater loch in the Sutherland in the far north west of Scotland. It lies approximately 4 mi southeast of Laxford Bridge and is surrounded by mountains. Ben Stack rises steeply from the loch's south-western shore and Arkle lies directly to the north.

Fishing on Loch Stack is from a drifting boat only, with a ghillie being a mandatory requirement. The charge for a boat for two people on Loch Stack is £ 50 per day, a very modest sum for a good chance of migratory fish in magnificent surroundings.

The loch enjoys large areas of submerged rocks and skerries which all harbour the Salmon and Trout as do the burn mouths. These submerged areas extend around the edge of the loch as well as some unexpected shoals of productive shallow water in the middle. The ghillie will guide the boat over these known lies safely and consistently no matter what the wind direction. Sea Trout tend to be more mobile but will still tend to congregate in certain areas, which the ghillies know.


Great fishing is to be had in Arkle's reflection, magnificent mountain a shattered, curving ridge of quartzite. It  will take a good seven hours to ascend in Summer.  The mountain gave its name to Arkle was an Irish thoroughbred racehorse owned the late Duchess of Westminster who’s estate nestles against this ridge.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Lovely things to do with Amazon Wrap


The Christmas Rose 

All is pale, 
elegant long stems almost translucent
With bright green leaves outspread.

Anemone-like flowers that keep coming 
Long after the 12thnight and well into Epiphany.
Buds keep coming and stalks gangling, 
like awkward adolescent limbs.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

THREE LOVELIES WEST OF OXFORD

It a lovely sunny day in the season of Advent,
I was churching again with Rosie the puppy with the added bonus of 
Cousin Wendy, who knows the county too well.

Yarntonvillage, where my cousin lived for sometime,
St Bartholomew’s Church, 
Norman, Early English yet stamped ‘Jacobean’,
Monuments both extravagant and foppish are installed in the side chapel.
Light floods into this generous church.

Local worthies collected bits and pieces from Europe
And brought them all back here and installing them in Yarnton.
This collection from the continent included a reredos of alabaster panels, and stained glass from Flanders and France.
A church showered with treasures from those with means and taste.

Kidlington,
Its spire, known as ‘Old Lady’s Needle’ can be enjoyed from a great distance.
Inside and out this big church glowed in the December light.
We got into conversation with the Rector who pointed out that the chancel ‘weep’ to the right.
Meaning everything is not quite square or lined up from nave to chancel.

Misericords from the 13thC, the carvers art again bathed in sunlight.
The east window of 14thC glass cobbled together from other windows in the church by the Victorians and re-done in 1951 – now quite magnificent!


Shorthampton
First find this place, little more than a tiny chapel, 
Nestled in a farm that overlooks the River Evenlode, Another splendid Oxfordshire river.
What the steep step as you enter!

Inside it was remarkably cold however there was much on which to feast.
Simple 12thC with chancel added 100 years later.
Box pews and two-decker Georgian pulpit.
The walls are adorned with precious fragments of wall paintings including a saint teaching a child to read, a Last Judgment and Jonah and his whale. 
It must have been a dazzling interior.



Friday, 4 January 2019

CHAPEL-LICIOUS


My artistic idol John Piper (1903-1992) discovered west wales in the 1930s through his wife Myfanwy. They bought a traditional Welsh cottage on Garn Fawr, near Tresinwen, Pembrokeshire. Here Piper made countless prints and paintings inspired by the surrounding scenery.

We discovered the on the way back from a south wales jaunt: SMYRNA INDEPENDENT CHAPEL was built in 1834 and then rebuilt in 1865 and 1883. The chapel was enlarged in 1915 to the design of architect John Howard Morgan of Carmarthen. This gem standing by a roadside, square, sometime brooding, in dark weather, always proud, like the people of Wales.

Grateful thanks to http://www.coflein.gov.uk/en the brilliant online catalogue of archaeology, buildings, industrial and maritime heritage in Wales.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

CHAPEL-TASTIC

More welsh wonders 

My artistic idol John Piper (1903-1992) discovered west wales in the 1930s through his wife Myfanwy. They bought a traditional Welsh cottage on Garn Fawr, near Tresinwen, Pembrokeshire. Here Piper made countless prints and paintings inspired by the surrounding scenery.

ST CLEARS CAPEL MAIR WELSH INDEPENDENT CHAPEL was originally built in 1820, but later rebuilt in 1827 and 1862, the latter to the design of Rev. Thomas Thomas of Landorore, Swansea. It was refurbished in 1913. The chapel is in the sub-Classical style, gable fronted, with two storeys. The whole building is stuccoed, with four bays to the sides, arch-headed windows with slate sills on corbels, and topped by a slate roof. We pass this blessed place each time we go to wales.

Grateful thanks to http://www.coflein.gov.uk/en  the brilliant online catalogue of archaeology, buildings, industrial and maritime heritage in Wales