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Today’s Postcard: Wild grasses, Bosherston
Mention Bosherston pools or ponds to anyone who has been there and they will sigh and ever so slightly melt. The lily ponds were built by damming streams in three valleys between the middle of the 18th and 19th centuries. In the spring and summer the ponds are lined with wild plum, sloe blossoms, slow everything. Sussurating reeds fringe the dark waters and of course, the acres of waterlilies. This is, for me, many times more magnificent and spiritual than Giverny, much as I loved our few days‘ stay around there. There is nothing to do but walk, sit, marvel at the sound of the swans‘ wings in flight, and get twitchy when your dog goes too close to the edge.
Paint: (on my Ritec Red homemade earth paint): water and cliffs underpainted with Ivory Black and Permanent Mauve. Leave to dry thoroughly. Magenta and Prussian Blue mixed with Kings Blue Pale added to the woods, same for the base of the reeds; Naples Yellow with Chrome Orange for the sunny bits of trees. Reeds finished with tiny touches of Flesh Tint, Naples Yellow, Light Pink, KBPale.
Brush: Size 2 filbert (hog); Size 1 round (synthetic).
Hope you like the painting,
Eloise, my wonderful wife, co-walker, map reader;
Watson Jones, our 3 yr old cairn terrier, tour guide rep, portable early-swan-warning system.