Focus on Tenby

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Tenby Harbour
For any readers who might have been wondering where I have been for the past week or so, I have been on holiday in Tenby, Wales. Much of Wales consists of rugged landscape, with quaint coves and harbours along the coastline, and attracts many artists and craftsmen.

Tenby itself has a pretty harbour as well as several privately owned galleries, and the public museum, which has a small gallery attached. 
The art group may be interested in a Tenby group project, so I am taking along copies of some of the photos I took while I was there.
St Catherine's Island
Sand art by unknown artist, Tenby beach
Once I’ve completed my Canadian Rockies canvas, I might try doing a painting of St Catherine’s Island, a small islet at the end of Tenby beach.The building on it was originally a 19th century fort.During the building of this, artefacts uncovered included Roman coins and an Egyptian figure from a tomb at Luxor. After the fort closed, it then became a privately owned house, before being occupied by the writer Norman Lewis, and finally a zoo in the 1970s, which closed and fell into disrepair.Nobody has occupied the island since, which seems a shame. With so much history, it could be an interesting place to visit.

Carving of a face on St Catherine's Island by Steve Vallene
The neighbouring Caldey Island is home to an order of Cistercian monks, and there are shops on the island selling goods they and others have produced, including gift tags, shortbread, chocolate etc.

We also visited Manor House Wildlife Park, owned by Anna Ryder-Richardson, interior designer, of Changing Rooms fame.  As might be expected, this Zoo had more than a bit of her artistic influence, as can be seen in these oversized benches.
This is comfier than Richard makes it look
The magnificent sculpted wooden dragon (top) has tunnels on the platform below for the little ones to crawl through, and they can sit on the dragon itself.  All the animals had plenty of space and seemed very contented, and human visitors were well catered for as it is very family-friendly.

Finally, here's a mention for the Tenby Arts Festival, running from 17th-24th September, featuring drama, music, a writing competition, and a sand sculpting competition, amongst other things. for details.

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