Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Aberystwyth Promenade


I did the above painting of Aberystwyth Promenade today. It will need a couple of touches when it is dry. When the children were little we lived in Newtown and would quite often go across to Aberystwyth on a sunny day. ( I know the thought of a sunny day is a foreign concept these days). Apart from playing on the beach there was always a treat a visit to a lovely old fashioned toy shop that sold farm animals, tractors, lorries etc. Although money was tight we generally came away with a few little farm animals. The shop was very memorable as was the one occasion we had sausage and chips from a takeaway near the pier. I doubt the premises is open now as this was nearly 30 years ago. It was memorable for a different reason. I have to say they were the worst chips I have ever tasted in my life. None of us could eat them.

We used too take our sheep dog Pluto and walk along the Promenade looking down onto the beach below. Bathers would often stretch out against the promenade wall on the sand and pebbles. Pluto naturally enough would walk along the Promenaded sniffing the ground and railings occasionally marking them. We were walking along enjoying the sunshine one day when there was a sudden angry shout from below on the beach. Pluto looked a bit sheepish, ( if a sheepdog can look sheepish). I looked over to see a man jumping up looking very irate. It was obvious what had happened. We ran for the car which fortunately was not far away and made a quick exit.
Happy days.
Alex is getting over a bad case of womanflu and is only to be approached in full chemical  protective clothing.


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