Saturday, 25 March 2017

Walking the dog on Llansteffan Beach

I finished this painting yesterday, walking the dog on Llansteffan Beach. I had intended originally to do it in winter with rain and dark skies but I relented and went for sunshine.

I went to watch the Scarlets last night a good game, a game of two halves!! Anyway thoroughly enjoyed watching good attacking rugby. The second half was full of errors but good defence.

Today shopping and the garden, oh well.

Friday, 24 March 2017


At this time of year we used to go in our camper to North Wales for a couple of weeks. We stayed in Harlech. The beach there is fantastic, 7 miles of sand with a view of Snowdonia. Generally if it was busy you shared this beach with half a dozen people. If quiet you had it to yourselves. The painting above shows the scene.

Last night we went to see a T Rex tribute act. It was very good. I saw Tyrannosaurus Rex in 1969 so a good few years ago! Anyway a good evening.

I was playing the piano the other day and Alex called me:

"If that's, "Catch a falling Star" its in the wrong key!"

I replied, "Its in the right key and its, "Get Back!"

Oh well, keep practising!!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

After the Rain

I was reminded of this painting this morning. We have had quite a downpour overnight. This morning's walk was like an assault course,wading through mud across the fields and up the wood. In fact last night there was a big thunder storm over our son's house in Llanddowror and they were struck by lightning. Well to be correct the actual strike was on the trampoline in the garden. The pictures on their walls were knocked off, the lights went out and they now don't have TV although the electric supply is back on.

Back to the painting it may be a bit grey for most people but I really liked it. It never found a home and eventually we re-used the frame and it was binned.

Yesterday a satisfied customer collected their commission. I have had a pretty well none stop but pleasant amount of work for the last 6 months and now it seems I am up to date.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Stradey Park

I am looking forward to Friday night. Scarlets are at home playing Edinburgh. Hopefully some good attacking rugby. The picture above is one I did of the Town Gate of Stradey Park, the old Llanelli and Scarlets ground.

I must have passed through this gate countless times. I was sad to see the place go and it is now a housing estate but I suppose we have to move with modern times and the facilities were a bit primitive.

I am not sure if I still have the painting. It was never put in a frame. So it probably ended up in much the same way as the subject. (No it didn't turn into a housing estate!)

I do have a mobile phone although I probably only use it once a week on average. I often forget to carry it with me and one of Alex's oft heard complaints is," I don't know why you have a mobile phone."

The other day she borrowed it when we were out and said." You haven't got the Internet on this."
I said, "Yes I get it at home."
She said. "You should get 3G or 4G when you are out."
I said ,"Well I never have."
She looked at me sadly went into settings and said," Perhaps if you turn it on!"
Ah well. To be honest why do I need to look at the Internet when I am out anyway?

Monday, 20 March 2017


The field opposite is now pretty grown over with new trees and brambles reclaming the once grassed plot. Old Mr Davies used to cut the brambles by hand and spend several days clearing the field. I have often seen foxes with their cubs running through the grass or playing on a sunny bank.

I am not sure who owns the field now but I think I like the overgrown nature of it now, although I am not sure what Mr Davies would think. I did the sketchof him above a few years ago when he was still with us.

Yesterday I helped out rehanging Origin Gallery, in King St. Carmarthen. Worth popping in if your passing.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Top Reservoir.

The cormorant was back this morning on the top reservoir after a long absence.  It was good to have a walk in the fresh air and clear my head after a hectic day of rugby watching and socialising yesterday.
I am still trying to work out what happened in the Wales game. Jonathan Davies lost his voice, so a good start. Then it all went downhill really with the strangest ending I have ever seen. I enjoyed the last game though.

I am in the gallery today helping out rehanging work. Alex is framing.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Stationary Engine

We have our eldest grandson stopping with us a the  moment due to another inset day at his school.
Yesterday we took him to see Kong Skull Island which to be honest I thoroughly enjoyed.

I also looked out an old hot air engine in the workshop that I had made from scrap some 20 plus years ago. It was only a small one made from aluminium cast iron and brass. I thought I would show him  how it worked and the principles behind it. It was covered in "muck" and sawdust and really needed stripping down, cleaning and re-assembling. Anyway I gave it a go. It wanted to go but couldn't quite get into the rhythm.

Ah well learning "things don't always go to plan" is a lesson too.

The painting above reflects my interest in all types of machinery and is of two gents discussing the merits of a stationary engine.