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Weekend holiday in Wales first week in November, to re-visit Aberdyfi (where my family always holidayed when I was little) and Aberystwyth (where piratemoggy was a student).
First view: evening, south across the Dovey estuary from the garden of a small hillfarm. The estuary’s about 3-4 miles wide, mostly treacherous marsh, with the famous Dovey Junction in the middle — you can change trains there but you can’t do anything else (despite legends of the Platform Rave). This pic is more garden than view: I think you’d need fancy equipment to get the sense of the sweep of the landscape.
Second: Borth is just south of Aberdyfi, on the other side of estuary, a bleak strip of a village facing out into Cardigan Bay. Midday, looking north (along the only street).
Third: the dunes beach, just north of Aberdyfi on the way to Tywyn, mid-afternoon, looking north (it doesn’t seem to have a local name). They’ve demolished the concrete pillboxes but otherwise much as it was 30 years ago. Again, hard with a small phone-camera to catch a sense of its lonely immensity. (It isn’t lonely in high summer, mind you.)
Three weeks spent at mum and dad’s house near Shrewsbury this summer (I was there to close up the house and oversee the redecorating and roof repairs before we sell it early next year).
Fifth: just downriver from where the brook runs into the Severn. We always swam here in summer when we were kids — there’s a natural pebblebeach where the river bends, though it was high today, cold and fast. And much harder to get to: back then the farmer allowed his cows right down to water’s edge, and the cows kept the thistles and nettles cropped back (by eating them). Now there’s barbed wire, so the banks are very overgrown and hard to pass, but we were determined.
Sixth: snapshot from the ELL, Haggerston or Shoreditch (I think the first) looking south-ish, this spring. There was something very striking and futuristic about the city that bright morning, from that angle — this doesn’t do it justice at all.
Top 5 _____ of 2013, or w/evs!
It is press week everything is late I have 1 x metric fvckt0n of actually urgent non-work projects to be getting on with so HAVE AT AT IT!
ps I have been quite good not spoiling my objectivity re current music as have been wound in half a dozen past-times critical re-exagminations, so Qs abt this year’s music will probs get dolefully thin response. As usual I am merely copying piratenoggy: yes if she jumped off a cliff etc.
CHRISTMAS IS COMING
London now, if the Thames Barrier had not been built, or had failed in the last couple of days.