I was born and brought up in Llanallgo, near Moelfre in Anglesey
so Welsh is my first language.
We lived in a large rectory and in the grounds was an old cannon
from the wreck of The Royal Charter. On Guy Fawkes night we used
to fill the barrel with vesuvius fountains and other such fireworks
and we gazed as smoke of differing colours poured out. What a wonderful
treat for a growing imagination! We
had our own beach, Traeth Bychan - at least we regarded it as our
own, the visitors were just transient.
moved to Saundersfoot in Pembrokeshire when I was 10 years old and
as that part of Wales is predominently English speaking my Welsh
was left to rust.
At the time there were still slag heaps remaining from the Bonville's
Court colliery, we made dirt tracks and dared ourselves to ride
them at high speed. Coppet Hall was our beach then - our own of
course, but by this time our feeling of posession was diminishing.
leaving school I went to work at the National Provincial Bank in
Tenby but after three years left to work for the City Treasurer
at Birmingham, can't really imagine why - I could have been a retired
junior clerk by now!! Three years then with Austin Rover at Longbridge,
then a year at an estate agent in Kidderminster, a brief spell with
a local accountant and after that I somehow managed to start a printing
business in the town which I had until I retired some 32 years later.
during those years I became concerned about my rusting Welsh but
regained it when I was in my mid 40s by reading as many welsh books
as I could and glueing my ear to Radio Cymru and when I had re-learnt
enough that way I started going to creative writing classes in Gregynog
in mid Wales. I later enjoyed teaching Welsh at Presteigne, Weobley
and Llandrindod Wells. I was totally immersed in teaching and working
with students and published a monthly newsletter called 'Y Wennol'
which later became a website. Later still it became this.
way or another I have seen and enjoyed a great deal of the British
Isles but for me Wales is a bit more special than the other regions.
I realise that I could be accused of bias but let me say this, I
have spent quite some time in Scotland with my camera and I would
be the first to admit to its grandeur, its fantastic lochs and its
massive mountains. There are so many images that can be captured
and, more to the point, have been captured. There are so many places
which have been photographed so many times that you feel that if
you looked closely enough you would discover the wear marks of countless
I think that Wales is relatively undiscovered, when I first realised
this I admit that I felt slight indignation but then I realised
that I could embark on a voyage of discovery, explore the various
corners of this lovely compact country, I can photograph it in all
seasons and all weathers, nowhere is too far away. Especially now
I have a caravan!
So keep a monthly
eye on this website and enjoy the new images as well as the old.
If you would like to make it your home page, please do or should
you want a monthly update let me know and I shall include you on
my mailing list.
Above all, enjoy
the images but having done so yield to the temptation of getting
your boots and outdoor clothing on and get out there and savour
the countryside for yourselves.
And if you find
somewhere that I have missed – let me know!