Felt a little more perky today, just a little bit… but my attempted pompadour has collapsed!

#blackandwhite #bw #nofilter #nofilterneeded #hypocam #instagay #lgbt #gayguy #gay #singlegay #wales #cymru #uk #saturdayselfie #selfie #saturday #home #love #monochrome #pompadour #hair #black #portrait (at River Cottage)

I’ve been a little naughty tonight. I’ve been tea-total for about 3 years, but tonight I made my classic hot toddy – 4 parts boiling water, 2 parts ginger wine, 1 part honey bourbon, a teaspoon of demerara sugar, a tablespoon of lemon, and a tablespoon of honey. Looovely! Feeling very cosy now 🙂

#winter #warm #cosy #whiskey #bourbon #honeybourbon #jackdaniels #toddy #ginger #gingerwine #lemon #honey #hot #vintage #retro #popularpic #instagay #aden #lgbt #gay #thislife #family #home #wales (at River Cottage)

So, Wales lost the rugby to England in today’s #SixNations. I blame Morrisons. Cymru am both?! Byth, surely?! Giant cookie fail!! 🏉

#rugby #sport #wales #welsh #sport #cymru #welshlanguage #cymraig #morrisons #supermarket #fail #bakery #cookie (at Morrisons)

Here’s the finished result! Spent yesterday creating my mum’s birthday card, ready for tomorrow; it’s our late 22 year old dog, Lucy, on the moors near our home. Watercolour and pencil on parchment paper. Inked text overlay. Hope she likes it!

#watercolour #pencil #sketch #parchment #paper #art #ink #dog #pets #rural #mountains #moors #countryside #brecon #breconbeacons #wales #rainbowbridge #bordercollie #welsh (at Brecon Beacons National Park)

Spent yesterday creating my mum’s birthday card, ready for tomorrow; it’s of our late 22 year old dog, Lucy, on the moors near our home. Watercolour and pencil on parchment. Inked text overlay in next photo. Hope she likes it!

#watercolour #pencil #sketch #parchment #paper #art #ink #dog #pets #rural #mountains #moors #countryside #brecon #breconbeacons #wales #rainbowbridge #bordercollie #welsh (at Brecon Beacons National Park)

Ode to Barry Island, by Max Boyce

I remember Miner’s Fortnight when I was just a lad,
We’d go to Barry Island, the weather always bad
In a brand new shirt and shoes that hurt,
The one’s mam saved to buy
To go to Barry Island on that last week in July.

We’d catch a Western by the square, my bucket in my hand
Then all the fuss to get on the bus and we always had to stand Then I’d be sick
And my shoes I’d kick,
The one’s mam saved to buy
To go to Barry Island on that last week in July.

They’d put me by the drivers seat for me to ‘av some air
And my mother’d say, “He’s never this way,”
She’d come and comb my hair
Then I’d see the sea and I’d want to pee
And if I couldn’t I’d cry
When we went to Barry Island on that last week in July.

Our caravan, “The Waters Edge”, 10 miles from the sea!
And we’d drag the cases over and we didn’t have the key
We couldn’t light the gas lamp,
I’ve gone and marked my tie
When I went to Barry Island on that last week in July

I’m on the beach, It’s Sunday I’ve got a friend called Russ
I’ll ave to buy another bucket, Left mine on the bus.
I’ve cut my foot, It’s bleedin
My cousin says, “You’ll die
And we’ll bury you in Barry Island on the last week in July”

I’m going to the fair tonight, my bucket full of o’shells
The weather forecast’s settled now,
with dry and sunny spells
I’ve brought Mangi a present and I’d wave the see goodbye
My mother’s found my plastic mac
and the weather’s nice and dry
Aye, that’s how I remember Miner’s Fortnight,
when I was just a lad
I went to Barry Island and the weather always bad.

~ Max Boyce

I’ve only just realised by looking through my feed that I’m not restricted to posting square Instagrams anymore! Rectangular rules! When did this happen?!?

January 1st 2016 / Welsh Forestry / Brecon Beacons National Park / Winter in Wales.
#nye2015 #ny2016 #wales #instawales #instawalk #forest #trees #polaroid #sx70 #polaroidsx70 #polaroid1000 #mountains #moors #floorboards #snow #winter #blackandwhite #logs #afterlightnewyear (at River Cottage)

January 1st 2016 / Welsh Forestry / Brecon Beacons National Park / Winter in Wales.

#nye2015 #ny2016 #wales #instawales #instawalk #forest #trees #polaroid #sx70 #polaroidsx70 #polaroid1000 #mountains #moors #floorboards #snow #winter #blackandwhite #logs (at River Cottage)

January 1st 2016 / Welsh Forestry / Brecon Beacons National Park / Winter in Wales.

#nye2015 #ny2016 #wales #instawales #instawalk #forest #trees #polaroid #sx70 #polaroidsx70 #polaroid1000 #mountains #moors #floorboards #snow #winter #blackandwhite #logs (at River Cottage)