03 Dec 2018 | ossjay

Memories of the autumn

As winter and rain and flooded lanes set in, the lovely colours of autumn become a memory.  All those days, dozing in warmth, will come again next year. Bo and I had plenty of rides, here by the river Taf … Continue reading →

03 Dec 2018 | ossjay

Out of the Box

The Women’s Arts Association autumn show set a challenge to members: to make something out of cardboard.  It was another success, with the artists coming up with new creations for the exhibition in Llanover Hall. My friend Kathy brought her … Continue reading →

25 Jun 2018 | ossjay

Swansea sea, print & Scribble

During a June heatwave, a gentle breeze off the sea helps make a good day out with friends.  Last Saturday was also special, because three of us were converging on the Swansea Print Workshop to become part of Rose Davies’ … Continue reading →

02 Mar 2018 | ossjay

Snow on St David’s Day

Everyone and their dog takes photos of snow, to which I am adding my own from getting to my horse from home in Efail Isaf. This was the gradual development of snow around March 1st, St David’s Day – a … Continue reading →

12 Feb 2018 | ossjay

Tower Regeneration: a site visit

Tower Colliery has now closed, and the site is being restored through Tower Regeneration Limited (TRL).  I have been to one working group meeting, representing Open Spaces Society (as the Local Correspondent for Rhondda Cynon Taf), and last Friday we … Continue reading →

31 Oct 2017 | ossjay

“Landmarks” at Made in Roath

Made in Roath has an annual October festival which has a brilliant range of open exhibitions, happenings and events from dawn to dusk – all free to the public. My highlight this year was “Landmarks” by Unity and Rufus Musafa  … Continue reading →

20 Jul 2017 | ossjay

Looking for commitment on Footpath 48a in Tonteg

Local Correspondents for Open Spaces Society have opportunities to object to any path orders, and I have had to refuse to withdraw objections to an order to extinguish a footpath through a new estate in Tonteg in Rhondda Cynon Taf.  … Continue reading →

23 May 2017 | ossjay

A tour of Eglwysilan common

The common land on Mynydd Elwysilan hasn’t featured enough in this blog except as a site of crime and conflict. It’s easy to forget what a wonderful asset Eglwysilan is, for cooperative commoners to graze their stock, for the public … Continue reading →

21 May 2017 | ossjay

Eglwysilan: more blocked access on common land

A couple of weeks ago, we went back to the top of Penyrheol Ely Road on Mynydd Eglwysilan common with another Bonkas 4×4 Wales working party.  Sure enough, there was again a distinctive pile of muck, boulders and wool on … Continue reading →

23 Apr 2017 | ossjay

Rights restored around Eglwysilan common today

Tomorrow, pesky access-blockers may be back, but today belonged to the people who have rights on Mynydd Eglwysilan Common: commoners, byway drivers and trail, quad and pedal bikers, horse riders, walkers, roamers were all there to let the landowners know … Continue reading →

23 Mar 2017 | ossjay

IWD 2017: some women’s art

There have been lots of International Women’s Day events in March 2017  (the day itself is 8th March), and I usually get round a few.  A rotten cold for me and voiceless Mike as company meant we only made it … Continue reading →

03 Mar 2017 | ossjay

Lost Connections in Art in the Attic, Porth

Marion Cheung-Webber’s art works are well worth a visit to the gallery at The Factory, Porth called Art in the Attic.  It’s a really nice space. “Lost Connections” is a series of subtle works capturing young people absorbed in digital … Continue reading →

03 Mar 2017 | ossjay

Celebrating in the Wilderness

The Wilderness near Mitcheldean in Gloucestershire was the choice for my friend and ex-colleague Emily’s 50th birthday weekend.  As well as the wonderful company, food and drink and brilliant passtimes, games and musical talents, the place itself was great.  I … Continue reading →