Comms Tower Beside Ty Glas Station

This is the communications tower that is clearly visible on the south side of the tracks beside Ty Glas railway station.

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The Path Along The Clifftop

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Welcome back to another week of my desktop wallpaper choices. This week, I’ve got five new photos for you that follow on from last week’s Beyond The Border international storyteller festival theme.

St Donats, recurring venue for Beyond The Border, sits right on the edge of the Glamorganshire coastline, and provides easy access to the clifftop path that winds its precarious way along the top of the cliffs. Back in 2007, when we camped at the festival, we walked along the path, but didn’t manage to snag any decent photos (it was the first of three pretty miserable summers here in South Wales … we’re certainly making up for it this year!). Last weekend, one week after the festival, we headed back down there, and had a great time ambling along in the peace and quiet of the Vale of Glamorgan countryside.

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Beyond The Border 2010

Posted by Stuart Herbert on July 11th, 2010 in Photos, Shoot.

After a three year hiatus (during which both Kristi and I were certainly worried that we’d been to the last-ever one in 2007), this year the magical Beyond The Border international storytelling festival returned once more to the fantastic setting of St Donats Arts Centre / Atlantic College in the Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales.

If you’re remotely creative, or you love reading or listening to stories, then this festival is one for you. I could go on about the line-up (which never disappoints in quality or diversity), and the amazing stories that they tell, but that alone wouldn’t do the festival justice. Around the rich and varied performances is weaved an ambience to match, and that’s partly due to the setting itself.

It is also helped by being able to chill out on the festival campsite (which appears to be the college’s sports field during the rest of the year). Sadly, for the first time, we weren’t able to camp this year because of my injured knee, and I definitely think we missed out as a result. So if you’re going to the next festival (which is 2012), having now tried both camping and travelling in each day, I can’t recommend camping highly enough.

Unfortunately, one area where the festival is stuck in the past (and not in a good way) is social media and being able to take photos of the performers in full flow, so as in previous years I don’t have any photos of the storytellers to share with you. (There were a couple of official photographers, and whilst I was glad to see that they were shooting with Nikon and not Canon, it looked like they were using kit lenses instead of fast glass or specialist portrait lenses, which must have limited their results somewhat if that was the case).

But the grounds of St Donats always provide new photo opportunities each and every year, so here’s the best of this year’s photos from Beyond The Border 2010.

The Photos

The Trees Behind The Fence

Part of the magic of the Beyond The Border festival is the walk to and from the camping field (which doubles as the festival car park). The walk takes you under trees and through a field and down the hill towards Atlantic College and the Jousting Field.

The trees are somehow bewitching, and every year that I go I make a new attempt at capturing their magic. This year, by chance I picked the one day where the light was utterly flat, which I think has created an image where the eye is drawn to the detail trailing off into the distance because the colours are so uniform.

Interconnecting Terraces

One of the joys of the Beyond The Border festival is being able to share much of the grounds of St Donats with its usual occupants – the staff and students of Atlantic College. The grounds are made up mostly of interconnected terraces, so if you come here for the next festival, be prepared to climb up and down a lot of stairs.

If stairs are a problem for you (which is certainly the case for me atm), the best advice I can offer is to make sure you bring a good stick with you!

The Pattern of Leaves

Spotted this pretty and strikingly colourful arrangement that someone had left on the flagstones in the rose garden at St Donats during Beyond The Border 2010.

The Animal Garden

I’ve covered these before, but I challenge anyone who enjoys taking photos to pass up on the opportunity to photograph the wonderful statues in the Animal Garden!

What's Through The Window?

In the gardens are a couple of strategically-placed shelters, and hiding inside them from the hot sun, it’s very easy to imagine lounging there, with the butler bringing a fresh pimms or brandy to sip on whilst reading a book and sneaking glances over the top of the pages to enjoy the beautiful gardens beyond.

Well, the age of empires and butlers is long gone, and modern technology is working hard on replacing the pages of books too. At least we’ll still have alcoholic drinks to enjoy no matter what, though 🙂

The Beehives Through The Window

However, if you don’t like things that fly and crawl, this shelter isn’t for you … as it is right next to the college’s beehives!

The Flower Beside The Meal

I photographed this eye-catching silk flower on the table in the Roots Cafe at this year’s Beyond The Border international storyteller festival.

The Colours Of The Drapes

The coloured drapes inside the Roots Cafe were very eye-catching, if you thought to look up from the yummy food on offer 🙂

The Canvas Of The Pavilion

Every year, several temporary venues are erected for the festival, which are great for sheltering from the sun or the rain in order to enjoy great performances like Hugh Lupton’s Praise Song The Homing Stone.

There was a good chuckle at the start of that performance, with one of the festival staff announcing to everyone inside the tent that everyone outside the tent (who couldn’t get in because all the seats had already gone) needed to move away from the doors, otherwise he couldn’t let the performance start for health and safety reasons. After a couple of repeated announcements he finally twigged on and headed outside to where the people who needed to move actually were …

… I didn’t spot if he came back into the pavilion afterwards, but if he did, he would have heard Chris Wood (who was performing the Homing Stone with Hugh Lupton) mercilessly taking the piss out of him and our nanny state culture throughout the show, much to the repeated approval of the audience.

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Kingsmill and Clock

This is the clock outside the Kingsmill bakery on Cardiff’s Maes-y-coed Road.

This is the west face of the clock; the east face of the clock is missing. The clock is on the south-east corner of the Kingsmill site; immediately next to the clock is the access road up to Ty Glas railway station, and a Tesco shop (not a superstore, one of the smaller stores that have appeared in the last few years).

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The Colours Of The Drapes

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To bring my Beyond The Border themed week to a close, my desktop wallpaper today is this shot of the wonderfully colourful drapes inside the Roots Cafe from the festival. You had to look up from the yummy food on offer to really notice them forming the ceiling to keep the hot sun at bay, though!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my wallpaper this week, and I hope I’ve tempted you to think about coming to the Beyond The Border festival in 2012. But just in case I haven’t managed it yet, I’ll be publishing all of the photos from the festival in an extra post tomorrow.

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The Flower Beside The Meal

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My desktop wallpaper this morning is another shot from last weekend’s Beyond The Border international storytelling festival.

One of the great things about the festival is the atmosphere that it creates, and a big part of that is done by the various food caterers who come and set up pitch for the weekend. It’s very difficult to have a favourite, but we did end up eating a few times in the Roots Cafe, where they had this silk flower on one of their table tops.

More from the Roots Cafe and Beyond The Border for tomorrow’s wallpaper!

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The Register Office Has Moved To The City Hall

Not much to add, really, except to say that my sister-in-law got married here several years ago. There’s currently no clear indication what the building will be used for next, and from the outside it appears to be completely unused now.

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The Pattern of Leaves

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My desktop wallpaper today continues this week’s theme of celebrating the wonderful Beyond The Border international storytelling festival, which happened last weekend at St Donats’ Art Centre here in South Wales. If you’ve never been, the next one will be in 2012.

I spotted this striking arrangement of leaves on the flagstones of the rose garden on Sunday, and couldn’t resist snapping it. I just loved both the colours used and the fact that some unknown person with quite an artistic eye must have sat down here and carefully put all of this together.

Another photo from the 2010 Beyond The Border tomorrow!

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Securing The Gate At Caedelyn Park

If you regularly drive into and out of Cardiff along the A470, you’ve probably noticed that, hidden just behind the houses to the east, is a sizeable open area. Bounded to the north by the Coryton line (the surviving stretch of the old Cardiff Railway line), and to the south / east by Rhydwaedlyd Brook stands Caedelyn Park.

The brook itself is largely fenced off (presumably because of the amount of children who play in the park), and at one point along the fence is a little slipway down into the brook. This slipway is secured by the gate shown in this photo, and its rather eye-catching green-sheathed security cable.

References:

http://www.cardiff.gov.uk/content.asp?parent_directory_id=2865&id=408&pagetype=&keyword=

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Whispy Clouds Above Cathays

The skies above Cathays and Cardiff can be a delight for all photographers. I haven’t yet managed to catch the skies in a purple mood (although I have come close), but recently I was able to catch these odd whispy clouds above Cathays.

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