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Today’s Postcard: Cleddau near Picton Point
Taking its name from the Old Welsh word for sword (cleddyf) the Cleddau is to Pembrokeshire what the Mississippi is to about thirty states of America, with just a hint of exaggeration with regards to scale. Anyway it has roots, branches, twigs (?) as far afield as its source in the Preselis and down to Blackpool Mill; villages such as Lamphey, Hook, Creswell Quay share the same artery. It can be a long drive around to what’s on the opposite bank. The eerie and gorgeous Picton Point, just across from Landshipping (a ten minute bike ride from home when I was young) is new to me. Watson reckons someone from here nicked his coracle once, and then asked whether Cleddau was on the Shipping Forecast.
Paint: (on my Ritec Red homemade earthy paint): sky of Kings Blues (Pale and Deep) with Titanium White; darks of Ivory Blackwith some Viridian, then left to harden off a bit. The greens on top are Sap plus Cadmium Green Pale tinted with some white and Lemon Yellow. The underpainting (the earth ground in this case) is really important. Watson is getting good at mixing it.
Brush: Size 8 filbert (hog); size 2 round (synthetic).
Watson Jones: four yr old cairn terrier; buffet car regular, more Lundy than Cromarty.