Welcome to Postcards from Pembrokeshire (272/365)
Today’s Postcard: Wild grasses, white horses (Caldey from Giltar)
Back to Giltar Point, where Carmarthen Bay ends and the Irish Sea makes itself known. I used to work on one of the boats that toured around Caldey Island. I say worked: I helped people on and off, checked tickets, and tied us to the mooring rings; then I’d top up my tan, watch gannets dive and help the visitors spot seals and puffins. But as soon as we rounded St Margaret’s island out of Tenby Sound (or Tenby Roads as its also known) it got lumpy, lively, boisterous. More so behind Caldey near the lighthouse. I had good sea legs and the skipper had good hangovers.
Paint: (on my Ritec Red homemade earthy paint): Prussian Blue and Permanent Mauve make up the shadows and the rock structures; Kings Blue Pale the sea and sky, some Light Green for the rocks with a dab of Flesh Tint and Naples Yellow. Grasses of the above too but with Sap Green, Viridian and some Lapis Lazuli too.
Brush: Size 4 filbert (hog); sizes 00 and 2 round (synthetic).
Eloise: wonderful wife, writer, co-walker and adviser; keeps me on the straight ‘n’ narrow, unlike my old skipper.
Watson Jones: scruffy cairn; lark translator, stonechatterer; drifts over dunes like TE Lawrence.