Calendar Front and Back Cover
IMAGES INCLUDED FOR EACH MONTH
January – “Monmouthshire Magic” – View from Wentwood across the rolling hills of the lower Usk Valley towards The Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons.
February – “Sheep in The Mist” – Welsh Mountain Sheep undergrazing trees in woodland in the Monnow Valley between Monmouth and Slenfrith.
March – “Cleddon Shoots” – Especially dramatic after Winter rainfall, Cleddon Shoots is a series of waterfalls tumbling down the thickly wooded hillside above Llandogo in the lower Wye Valley between Chepstow and Monmouth
April – “White Castle” – near Llantillio Crosseny. Built as a Norman border defence against the Welsh on the route to Hereford. Originally called Llabtillio Castle, it became knownas Castell Gwyn “White Castle” in the 13th Century due to the white rendering on the walls.
May – “Monmouthshire Lanes”- In Spring the network of lanes running through Monmouthshire’s stunning rolling countryside, are filled with wildflowers, the heady scent of May blossom and the sound of nesting birds and nectar foraging bees.
June – “Flowers in The Churchyard” – St Aeddan’s Church, Bettws Newydd. Monmouthshire has many tiny, very beautiful country churches. Their tranquil church yards offer a place for quiet contemplation and a haven for wildlife and poliinating insects.
July – “Summer Sunset at Llancayo” – The restored corn mill at Llancayo near Usk with the Wentwood hills providing a backdrop in the far distance.
August – “Low Tide at Black Rock” – View upstream across the dramatic mud flats of the Severn Estuary from the Black Rock picnic area towards the Severn Bridge (Pont Hafren in Welsh) which opened in 1966. Black Rock was a port in Roman times.
September – “Golden Mooring” – Boats on the Monmouthshire Brecon Canal above Llanover near Abergavenny.
October – “Holy Mountain” – View across the Usk Valley towards “The Skirrid”. A small mountain on the edge of the Black Mountains range. Known locally as “Holy Mountain” due to the remains of St David’s Chapel which once stood here.
November – “Autumn on The River” – Magnificent Autumn colours reflected in the River Usk near Clytha.
December – “Winter Dawn” – Dramatic December sunrise at Llangeview near Usk.
About Isobel Brown
My passion is the British landscape and spending my time immersed in and exploring it. All of the British Isles have special places, but particularly important to me is the area where I was born, live and work in The Usk Valley, Monmouthshire, South Wales. I love sharing what I see and I hope you enjoy my views of this wonderful place.