Had we kept all the post-cards received over the years, our long-standing family connections with Dinas mean that we would now be able to paper a room with versions of this one.
The countryside side around Dinas is one of the most spectacular and beautiful but these superlatives have never been adequately captured and communicated by the post-card publishers.
But now Sarah Earl’s art has infiltrated the postcard spinners. Her love of the area, evident in her creative interpretations of this corner of North Pembrokeshire have finally given us a choice. She tells us:
Walking in Pembrokeshire has always been my passion – I must have walked hundreds of miles over the years in all seasons and in all weathers – along the rugged coastal path above cliff-bound coves, across wide, windy beaches, on the bare blue-stone hills and in the ancient oak woods and secret green valleys of this marvellously varied county…
The things I see while out walking inspire my paintings: low white-washed cottages and grey-stone farmhouses, small lichen-walled fields of early potatoes, black-faced sheep dotted across hillsides, wind-bent hawthorn bushes and always the ever-changing sea.
Here is her view of Cwm yr Eglwys on a sunny day; as a close neighbour she knows it well.
Her cards can be found at the Post Office in Dinas and I’ve seen her prints on sale in Newport. Visit the gallery on her web-site for a proper introduction to her work.