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Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Wonderful Wales

A couple of weekends ago we took a 'glamping' trip to Snowdonia - we've camped before in a small 2 man tent with not a lot of room, no electric hook up - which was all great fun but have decided to upgrade a bit, get a much bigger tent, so we can stand up!, electric hook up so we now have heating, a fridge and a kettle - wow what a difference!  We had quite a relaxing weekend, without our usual big mountain walks as I'm lacking in energy quite a bit at the mo - especially after the tougher than tough mountain marathon we did the weekend before!! Anyone who has iron deficiency anaemia will understand where I'm coming from! - anyway, the weather was glorious - we visited the Ugly House which I don't think is ugly at all, where I was thrilled to meet the lovely Huw Jenkins of Natur Cymru - see last post.

our one walk was up Yr Eifl on the Llyn Peninsula - just glorious

We visited the Glaslyn Osprey project but didn't see any ospreys unfortunately - I did get my paints out though while we were there and did a quick sketch of the view over to the Snowdon Horseshoe... the other painting below that is of the view from our glampy tent looking towards Moel Elio.

I'm delighted to say that the painting of Ceulan did get sold and has raised over £100 for the Dyfi Osprey Project which I'm absolutely thrilled about - they do fantastic work there and I'm looking forward to visit in a couple of weeks - the painting should be arriving in his new London home today. Here he is again...

On Sunday we travelled down to Skomer Island for the day and as well as the expected puffins we were thrilled to see short eared owls - more about Skomer in my next post..... have a wonderful day!


  1. Great post, Sharon. I agree that the Ugly house is not ugly at all. It reminds me of something like an elf or troll's house one might see in a movie like Lord of the Rings or something like that. Built in the right place it could be quite camouflaged. LOL Glad your painting sold for such a worthy cause. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a beautiful day!

  2. The "ugly house" is completely charming. It looks like something from The Hobbit. Wonderful photos, Sharon - thank you!

  3. Dear Sharon - your picture of that house is wonderful. Wish we had something like that in my neck of the woods. Your mountain top experiences are always fabulous to see - congratulations on your ceulan painting raising funds. Have a great day rambling and be sure and rest up a bit.

  4. Looks like you've got this camping business sorted now Sharon?'ve got all the mod. cons!
    What a cracking little house?...lots of camera appeal for something so ugly!!
    Well done for creating a painting that raised such a good amount of money for a wonderful cause.
    I hope you're soon feeling much better and are quickly back up to 'full walking speed'...[;o)

  5. Your new camping regime sounds better than the normal family home in this part of the world and the des. res. you've photographed is what we all dream of.

    In more serious mode, enjoyable post and very well done with the sale of that lovely painting.

  6. Still not convinced about the camping thing but agree that the alleged ugly house is really quite beautiful. Hope you are all well, would love to catch up soon x

  7. Oh what an amazing looking "house." I'd love living in something like that!

  8. Looks like a lovely couple of days Sharon and you are right about wonderful Wales... your plein air paintings are really good it is so difficult to do but you managed it so well with these. I love the ugly house.... a section of that stonework would make a fantastic abstract!!

  9. That cottage looks amazing, right out of a fairy tale. The whole place looks magical! A great place to paint, no doubt!

  10. What a fab house Sharon. Beautiful and an artist's dream too. Not sure I'd want to live in it though, a bit too secluded for me. Love the sketches and great to see you are still painting plein air. Hope you are all rested up now as it is a while since you posted this.

  11. I think that ugly house is really beautiful, love it ! Your watercolors are all so beautiful and fresh, specially love the owl, gorgeous !


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