These little treasures visited my garden this afternoon - a mother House Sparrow with her fledgeling. It was lovely seeing them drink from our small pond and seeing the baby being fed every time she flapped her wings for attention. Moments I will treasure in the dark times we are living through right now.
I tried out for my first single malt whisky the other night. I purchased the bottle, along with two whisky rocker glasses, from Talisker as they distilled the 'water of life' in my favourite place in the whole world - the magical Isle of Skye:
The drink made a lovely glugging sound as I poured the amber liquid into the glass, as you can hear in this audio recording I made of the procedure.
This is one of the many ways I entertain myself and distract my mind from more sober thoughts during the UK lockdown.
As I start work on the second draft of my first Christmas ghost story, I also have to turn my mind to working out an idea for the second story in the portmanteau novel. All I know so far is that this second tale involves a group of college students and their consummation of Fly agaric mushrooms... The tale is made a little more complicated in that I have to get it to link with the first and also the fourth tale in the series in the novel. Time to get my thinking cap on...
|Fly agaric fungi|
I should hopefully finish the first draft of the first story in my four-part Christmas portmanteau novel tomorrow. Despite being given all the free time I could ever have wished for, it has been difficult for me to write of late, utilising my time with creative tasks that demand less thought - photography zines for example, and playing Animal Crossing. It will be a relief when I do finish that first draft tomorrow. Hopefully, my posting this will now force my hand...
This photographs features on the cover of this issue of Sweyne's Eye. It features the interior of the bus stop outside the offices of my day job. I was ill at the time and had been sent home due to a bad reaction I had to an antibiotic I was taking at the time. I remember the occasion well, waiting in the bus stop, waiting for my wife to pick up, the sun rising and the plastic windows of the bus shelter aglow...
I don't really understand why Swansea isn't more noted for its public art. It is a mystery to me as the city really does cram a lot of particularly interesting exhibits within the city.
These following photographs, taken along the edge of the River Tawe, SA1, were recorded in 2016 and feature in this issue of Sweyne's Eye. Amongst the boulders that line the river here are a series of rocks that have been engraved with a series of various designs and motifs. Appearing like fossilised remains, they feature symbols of copper, iron and carbon, flower patterns that decorated Swansea's once celebrated ceramics industry, as well as other goods that were once imported and exported along the river and out through the nearby docks during the city's industrial heyday. The artwork is still visible along the river today...
My favourite statue in the whole of Swansea is this one - a large figure of the Chinese philosopher, Confucius. It can be found, with a little effort, on the grounds of Swansea University and was donated to them by the European Federation of Chinese Organisations as a symbol of China and Chinese culture.
These photographs can be found is this issue of my Swansea photography zine, Sweyne's Eye.
This glorious and eye-catching artwork was designed by Photoni Matsi. Station to Station, the arts group responsible for decorating Swansea's once-troubled High Street with pieces of public art, advertised the work with the statement "...you asked for more colour on Swansea High Street, this spring we are delivering it!":
The graffiti features both on the cover and within the pages of Sweyne's Eye ~ 2016 (Part Three):
Really missing the beach during this UK wide lock down. I guess I gave to make these looking through some of my photographs of my previous walks along my local beach.
You can see these, and more images of Swansea, in my photography zine Sweyne's Eye ~ 2016 (Issue 2).