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Today’s Postcard: Near Giltar Point, South Beach, Tenby
Tenby’s south beach stretches towards magical Giltar where there are Shakespearian choughs “chowk-ing” their voices as they rise and fall like bundles of black socks. Delicate-looking spring squill flowers cover the banks in silvery blue, as hardy as a hedge and full of tiny bees. The light from offshore is the sort of deceptive dazzler that leaves me with 80s disco lights in front of my eyes and I pretend I have to sit down and watch the dog reclining in the flat tide. Eloise suggests we climb up for the view over to the islands so Watson Jones can play with his new telescope.
Paint: (on my Ritec Red homemade earthy paint): sky of Lapis Lazuli with some Titanium White (a heresy really), with some Kings Blue Pale and Deep woven with more White and the ever-handy Naples Yellow for some warmer bits. The old concrete path-cum-thingy is tricky because it doesn’t behave for the sake of perspective, suffice to say I used lots of Ivory Black and some Permanent Mauve and Lapis again, as I did for the cliffs.
Brush: Sizes 4 and 8 filbert (hog); sizes 00 and 2 round (synthetic).
Eloise: fearless explorer of path sand plots; ace writer armed with notebooks and nous;
Watson Jones: scruffy cairn; amateur naturalist, press-gang leader; armed with flintlock and Twix.