by The Curious Scribbler
Day 67 of lockdown – the days have become a bit of a blur. Like a soothing nature programme, the past two months have been generally beautiful, with startlingly clear skies, lovely wildflowers, continuous birdsong. Too continuous even, I sometimes wish that the monotonous chiffchaffs would give it a rest.
My walks start from my front door, and lead me to Tanybwlch beach, Pendinas, Penparcau and Llanfarian along the footpaths and cycle paths. I am so fortunate to have such an amazing landscape within easy reach. Today I found a newly posted video on You Tube named Aberystwyth in the SKY Tan Y Bwlch which gave me great delight. Here is a tranquil 4 minutes of a birds-eye view of my entire domain, shot during lockdown on one of the many still days when the sea barely sucks at the shore, the sun blazes down, and people, so few and far between, are visible here and there. There are no cars in the Tanybwlch car park (a consequence of the concrete roadblock erected in late March), no contrails in the sky. We may look back with nostalgia on this creepily empty scene when normal life is resumed.
I am pleased that the photographer has briefly included a child and a dog, (presumably his or her own) enjoying the shore. Children have been out and about far too little during lockdown. Joggers and cyclists have made the most of their freedoms, but to spy a child has been a rare sight on my walks. Hopefully today’s announcement will empower more families to take their children out on our beaches.
At the very end of the film is the briefest glimpse of a huge new graffito on the concrete barrage where the Ystwyth turns northwards. The brutalist blue capitals contrast with the human depicted on the left, a figure more typical of the ethos of the beach.
It would be very visible from the sea: were anyone out there to view it.