Severn Toll Scrapped 2018
Big news today – the Severn Toll is to be scrapped next year in 2018. It was never meant to last for more than 25 years after a deal was struck to build a second crossing in 1992. It has now been announced that promises are to be kept and charging will cease soon.
Read about it in today’s paper The Guardian
We think our visitors will approve! Old Oak Barn is always open all year round for business! I am not sure how scrapping the charge is meant to boost the Welsh economy by the quoted 100 million but we are not complaining. As from next year both the old and new Severn Bridges will be operated by Highways England when they return to public ownership.
The Old Severn Bridge was opened in September 1966 and I remember well the day my father took us for a day trip into Wales that month. It cost a total of £8 million then to build and took over three years to complete!
Constable Oriel Parc Pembrokeshire
For a few months more and until September this year John Constable’s “Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows 1831” is on display at Oriel Parc in St David’s Pembrokeshire. Oriel y Parc will be the third of six venues across the UK to display this important ‘six footer’ which was recently purchased with assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Manton Foundation, the Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation) and Tate Members.
Constable famously wrote “Painting is but another word for feeling” and standing in front of the huge work last week I was struck by the level of detail, mood and movement within the painting created by unusual application and flecking of paint. This painting had a huge impact at the time it was unveiled and came in for a lot of criticism too! Hard to imagine!
John Constable was born and brought up in what is now known as “Constable Country” in East Bergholt in Suffolk. His father was a prosperous corn merchant but it is said that John Constable wanted to be an artist from a very young age. He sounds an extraordinary man, a unique artist and there are many famous quotes we know and love today – “We see nothing truly until we understand it” and “There is nothing ugly; I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may, – light, shade, and perpective will always make it beautiful” spring to mind.
The various themes within the painting include “Weather” “Politics” “Religion” “Emotional Landscape”
Oriel Parc is easily found on the left as you enter St Davids from Solva.
March to October
Visitor Centre: 9.30am – 5pm daily
Gallery: 10am – 4pm daily
If you feel like a Bluebell Holiday this Spring/early Summer then come and stay at Old Oak Barn.
At the moment we have a 3 night break from Tuesday 10 May after the Spring Bank Holiday so please get in touch if you would like to see our glorious show in the 40 acre woods here on the farm in Carmarthenshire.
Bluebells are everyone’s favourite and when at the peak the smell is fantastic too! If you prefer we can even drive you around the woods to see them in our 4 x 4. The areas of clear fell which have been recently replanted often put on a magnificent display as the dormant bulbs sense the light again and bloom once more.