Archive for June, 2008


Monday, June 16th, 2008

There is a word for it in Welsh; Hiraeth.

It means ‘a longing for home’. I don’t miss my old cottage in Bollington so much anymore, times move on. That is until I return there. There is magic in that valley. Martin and Rachel have had baby Guy since I left. He is nine months old now, going on thirteen.

Hiraeth – the link with past, the language from the soul, the call from the inner self. Half forgotten – fraction remembered. It speaks from the stone, from the earth, from the trees and in the people. It’s always there.

Pandy Glass Studio

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

‘Breathe Out’, Jan Singleton.

These fabulously expressive glass pieces are by glass artist Jan Singleton, who runs the beautifully converted Pandy Mill Gallery and tea rooms in the village of Pandy, Ceiriog Valley, North Wales.

The images I photographed ‘quietly’ while I was there (sorry Jan). With a backdrop of trees and the river, the pieces have the appearance of shimmering as the trees move behind the glass.


Saturday, June 7th, 2008

WoodFestWales has been going for a few years now. It’s a chance to meet makers from all over Snowdonia and North Wales, watch axes being throwing, and buy some beautiful craft works at a fraction of gallery costs. This year it was a lot bigger. It’s such up-scale that it has you looking for the camping field and the live music tents. The crafts people looked a little bewildered at the volume of people passing by. The fairground ride owners looked overjoyed.