• About an hour ago

    I always recall my mentor from my early twenties, Brian Seed, warning me never to take a portfolio to a client with more than a single sunrise or sunset picture. 'Any fool can do those,' he warned me, 'they impress nobody.'

    No matter, every now and again you get one that just cries out to be captured. About an hour ago behind the house this was one such.

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  • Calm - view from our bedroom window this morning

    A timeless scene. The view from our bedroom window this morning. We are very lucky.

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  • It beggars belief

    Heard yesterday that the powers that be in the Labour Party have banned comedian and satirist Mark Steel and film maker Ken Loach from voting in the forthcoming leadership contest. I had to laugh or I'd have sobbed. All of these candidates except Jeremy Corbyn are morally bankrupt and seem to have forgotten what the Labour Party is all about. Watch the LBC interviews with the four candidates a few days back & you'll see why only one person is a right-thinking, honest person. Go Jeremy!

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  • The found for pound feature returns

    Last Sunday having a bit of a root around at the car boot and discovered these two splendid 19th century tankards for £1 each. The design around the rim is etched into the glass while the rest of the design which looks like ferny leaves and fruits has been cut.

    I noticed that they have a very slight amethyst coloured tint to them which means that they have probably been sitting somewhere in very bright sunlight for some time. The UV in the sunlight reacts with manganese that was originally put in the glass mix as a clearing agent to overcome other colour impurities that might have adversely coloured the glass. Ironically it is now this same chemical that gives the clear glass this purplish colour. Some collectors (particularly in America) think that this somehow degrades the desirability and value of such items, but I find it rather an attractive novelty and all part of the pieces' historical patina. They both have the same design and lovely ground out pontils to the base. I suspect date to be somewhere around 1830-1850.

    At £1 each I think they were quite a find.

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  • A day at the seaside

    Now that the pictures are sorted and the text is edited for my new book (details to follow very shortly) we thought we might deserve a day at the seaside, so this is where we were yesterday. Borth is in the middle distance and beyond it the sand dunes and beach of Ynyslas. The weather was great and not too hazy so you can actually see all the way over to the Lleyn Peninsula in the far distance.

    The dunes that normally have wonderful floral displays slightly earlier in the year were now dominated by restharrow, ragwort and a few carline thistles.

    Didn't go down to see the petrified forest this time, but I've put a pic. on to show you how beautiful these 6,000 year old tree stumps are.

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