Filming Under Milk Wood, Tie Dye and the Blue Lagoon

Filming Under Milk Wood, Tie Dye and the Blue Lagoon

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For our final day in Wales we were lucky enough to see the filming of the new adaption of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood, a drama in which an omniscient narrator invites the audience to listen to the dreams and innermost thoughts of the inhabitants of a fictional small Welsh fishing village Llareggub, which backwards spells bugger all.

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The little town of Solva where the director had chosen to set this particular adaptation was really lovely. Passed rows of colorful houses, we parked next to an estuary full of miniature fishing boats. We walked along the waters edge and gazed at the reflection of the hills in the still water. The scenes which we witnessed were being filmed in a specially built stone chapel over looking the river. Fake anchors, a majestic owl, crabbing cages, wooden boats and all sorts of various props lay strewn around the set.

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Suddenly after a lot of waiting there was a cry of “Action!” after which a torrent of water was released and gushed through the chapel full of children in costumes. The scene was surreal as in a dream and limbs, including hands and feet hung from the ceiling. A gaunt, white faced “dead corpse” was later carried out and after the scene was concluded the woman was unlaced and her little head bobbed up and down. There was a lot of waiting and I thought how fake everything was. I like to think that what I am watching is real and I have a bitter sweat relationship in this way with romantic comedies (everything in my life must surely be as fun!), horror movies (if I don’t turn my bed side light on within the next 3 seconds I WILL die) and so all this forensic cutting and stopping and waiting, make-up and lines could only be compared with coming face to face with the Television Grinch.

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For my time on set I wore my white skorts, a long tie dye top, which I love to wear in the summer. I am really loving Kimonos at the moment so I have decided to turn my beach sarong, which has some great geometric shapes and colors into one.   I have found that sarongs are often really vibrant colors and great patterns and are sufficiently long for this. In fact they look a lot better than most Kimonos which are sold in the shops which are made of flimsy material and have rubbish flower patterns or thin tassels on the bottom. For shoes I wore my Top Shop ankle boots, a stylish/festival alternative to trainers and mountain boots.

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After seeing the filming, we went back to the sea and walked along another stretch of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. This walk is particularly picturesque and even though the evening had started to cloud over it was the one that I liked the most during our stay. The destination is a large deep lagoon, which once was a mine shaft. When the mine was finally closed, instead of leave a large chasm in the side of the mountain, one of the side walls was blown out which enable sea water to flow into the crevasse, fill it up and blend it into its natural surroundings. It is extremely deep and the water is icy blue and very cold. I loved how the hewn rock was so ragged and the blown out hole really created some great relief in the cliff face. A little stone turret loomed up in the distance and the whole thing really reminded me of a scene from  Game of Thrones.

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WEARING

TIE DYE TOP – ZARA

ANKLE BOOTS – TOP SHOP (sold out)

WHITE SHORTS – ALI EXPRESS

KIMONO BEACH SARONG – Collioure, France

Once we had reached over the top of the cliffs and had looked down upon the lagoon, the abandoned castle and the many little rock islands that protruded from the sea we turned back and drove to the little town of Porthgain. This has a little harbor and a great view of the processing plant which used to connect to the mine. This is built into the cliff face and large slabs of rusty metal adorn the rock. It is very impressive. It was here, at the Shed, a boutique little restaurant that we had the best fish and chips that we had ever tasted. With a range of different fresh fish, if you come to this part of the world, you should definitely eat here. We had the lime and coconut cheesecake with lemon sorbet and the Tia Maria chocolate tart with coffee ice cream and I could not recommend these enough.

An absolutely great last day and all I can say is that I hope to see Wales in such fine form next time we come 🙂

 

Sailor Stripes and Triangle Skorts for St David’s

Sailor Stripes and Triangle Skorts for St David’s

St David’s oddly enough is not a village or a town, but a city. In fact it is the smallest city in the whole of the United Kingdom. Its Cathedral is majestic and seems out of place with the quaint little houses and small town center. Indeed this was once an importance place, not only for religion but for industry and trade. A passage to American could even be bought for £4 from close by.

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For our outing I wore a short crop sailor top which has blue, white and black stripes and white skort. I combined it with my a long Kimono style jumper and Guess flip flops which have silver charms including an anchor and a ship’s wheel. I really liked Kim Kardashian’s recent rope dress look and so I thought this would be a great way of getting into the sea fairing spirit!

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David’s Cathedral stands on the site of the monastery he founded in the Glyn Rhosyn valley of Pembrokeshire. The Cathedral was built on a slope and its pillars have buckled under the weight of the ancient lead roof. I really liked the Cathedral’s engraved wooden roof. The grounds are beautiful and we had a great time walking over little bridges and streams. The Goat Gallery sold some beautiful art and souvenirs and I just loved their tea cups and embroidery. Another must is Giovanni’s Ice Cream parlor where I ate (not exaggerating), the best double scoop I have ever tried. Recommended flavour Butterscotch. Finally if you get a chance to go, go say Hi! to my parents who are the artists in residence at Oriel y Parc, before going back to the sea for a swim in the afternoon! 🙂

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St David is the patron Saint of Wales and is said to have been born close by in a small chapel. He became renowned as a teacher and preacher, founding monastic settlements and churches in Wales and Brittany. St David’s Cathedral stands on the site of the monastery he founded in the Glyn Rhosyn valley of Pembrokeshire.

WEARING

White Skorts – ALI EXPRESS

Vintage Sailor Stripe top

Customized glasses – OAKLEY

Wedge Flip Flops – GUESS

Beige Kimono Jumper – EAST

Walking Amongst the Gods

Walking Amongst the Gods

There is something about the rocks, the wilderness of the sea and the vast openness of the mountains which is humbling. Nature’s power is the reminder that long before we were here and long after we are gone will life continue. The Earth rises and falls, the cliffs are dashed and broken. Contours are made and remade and plants die and are reborn. Walking to St David’s Head on a wild windy road flanked by mountains and water I really felt the presence of the past. Ancient monuments showing signs of early occupation, including, an iron age cliff fort, prehistoric settlements and stone circles made this journey more akin to a quest of one of the characters in Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. When the storms hit a ship wreck and a huge prehistoric forests were unearthed. We ate out pic-nic on large rocks which had been stacked up on on top of the other by the wind and the water.

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My outfit choice was deeply influenced by clothes worn by ancient civilizations. Short tops and long skirts. It was hot, so I wore my Finder Keepers Bustier. I really liked the triangle neck and I found that if I put it over my head, I could bend half of it over to turn it into a thick crop top with triangle edges. This turns it more into a neck collar, similar to the fashion worn by Egyptians and so I thought it fitting to wear it for my journey to this sacred place. We were going swimming and bathed in little coves along our walk. I wore a long white and gold cotton wrap as a skirt and rolled down the top. I really liked the new Chanel dresses that have thick waist bands as this makes actual waists look thinner. I combined it all with a double amber bracelet and top shop ankle boots.

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WEARING

One Step Ahead Le Bustier – FINDERS KEEPERS (sizes very! small)

Turkish Sarong as a skirt

Ankle Boots  – TOP SHOP (sold out)

Amber Beads from Lithuania

 

Arrival and Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

Arrival and Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

A visit to see my parents who are the artists in residence at Oriel y Park in St Davids was a great excuse to come to this beautiful part of the world. Our place overlooked the sea and was just a short walk two minute walk to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National trail which ran above dark cliffs and  overlooked a pretty secluded private beach.

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What an incredible part of the world! On our first day we ventured down the grassy banks and along the flower lined paths. Thick gorse bushes have been grown specially to protect walkers from the sudden drops. Our perched position meant that we could see the silver glistening sea, St David’s Head in the distance and the famous Ramsay Island. As we walked our eyes followed the beautiful natural undulations of the earth. Little coves and cut off beaches, ship wrecks, eroded stones and pitch black caves. The sea was turquoise, the sand shone yellow in the summer sun.

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From St Dogmaels in the north to Amroth in the south, the trail covers almost every kind of maritime landscape from steep limestone cliffs, undulating red sandstone bays, volcanic headlands, beaches, estuaries and flooded glacial valleys.  – See more at: http://www.visitpembrokeshire.com/explore-pembrokeshire/coast-path/#sthash.3vbV7uIt.dpuf

 I particularly loved the coastal flowers and the plants which had grown and flourished on the cliff tops. During our time in St Davids we didn’t walk the whole of the path, but instead chose to do select little walks. Walking the whole trail takes between 10-15 days and the ascents and descents are apparently equivalent to 35,000 feet, the same as climbing Mt Everest! On our first day, we walked from where we were staying to Whitesands, a large beach popular with surfers and brave swimmers alike. The wind was strong and after dipping our toes in the water we went to the little cafe and had ice creams. After that we ventured back and after watching the sun go down I ate my first summer BBQ!

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Two great things to do whilst in St Davids is to have a surfing lesson if you have never done so or else take a boat trip to Ramsay Island for a spot of bird, whale and sea watching!

Completing the Coast Path in one go, taking on average between 10 to 15 days, is quite an undertaking. The ascents and descent are said to be the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest; 35,000 feet!  – See more at: http://www.visitpembrokeshire.com/explore-pembrokeshire/coast-path/#sthash.3vbV7uIt.dpuf
Completing the Coast Path in one go, taking on average between 10 to 15 days, is quite an undertaking. The ascents and descent are said to be the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest; 35,000 feet!  – See more at: http://www.visitpembrokeshire.com/explore-pembrokeshire/coast-path/#sthash.3vbV7uIt.dpuf
Completing the Coast Path in one go, taking on average between 10 to 15 days, is quite an undertaking. The ascents and descent are said to be the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest; 35,000 feet!  – See more at: http://www.visitpembrokeshire.com/explore-pembrokeshire/coast-path/#sthash.3vbV7uIt.dpuf
Completing the Coast Path in one go, taking on average between 10 to 15 days, is quite an undertaking. The ascents and descent are said to be the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest; 35,000 feet!  – See more at: http://www.visitpembrokeshire.com/explore-pembrokeshire/coast-path/#sthash.3vbV7uIt.dpuf