Two days with Tamsin Abbott and Hannah Willow have left me weary of body but full of spirit and inspiration. Being the corners of the Sisterhood of Ruralists we decided that it was best to be rural, so on the first evening we took a boat trip with Voyages of Discovery, a shear-water trip out to The Bishops and Clerks, where the most beautiful bull seal was hauled out on rocks. For all the world he looked like Margo Lannagan’s seal, Miskaella’s lover, from The Brides of Rollrock Island. And the islands themselves were so like the gold green island of the golden hare queen of my latest story that I am working on. Magic.
Thank you Ffion, for fantastic driving, Daf for the great commentary including Welsh names for the birds and animals as well as history. Really made for a rich experience. And thank you so much to Voyages of Discovery for another fantastic trip. It was just magic.
The next day, despite the rain we braved a trip to the hills. Magic happened. As we arrived at the parking place above the woods the air lightened and the sky brightened and the rain stopped. Across the ridge then down to the twisted trees we walked, and how wonderful to walk with two women who just loved the place. The foxgloves here were so tall, taller than us, and straight and delicate in the woodland shelter. Everything was green and beautiful, and when these women are back in August for the exhibition, ‘earth sun, moon sea’ we have to make time to take Catherine Hyde ( the missing sister who was working away on Little Evie in the Darkwoods, in Cornwall) because she will love it. And if we go in the evening we may see owls beneath the tree canopy. And there will be more glass winged dragon flies and woodland butterflies and buzzards.
The exhibition of art by The Sisterhood of Ruralists begins on Thursday August 9th at Oriel y Parc in St Davids. In the main gallery there will be a stunning show of work by John Piper. If you want an invitation, contact the Parcs.