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IMAGES INCLUDED FOR EACH MONTH
January – “Snowy River” – mist hanging over the River Usk near Llancayo after a fall of snow.
February – “In the Shadow of The Blorenge” – the ancient market town of Abergavenny and the villages of Llanfoist and Govilon lie in the low ground of the Usk Valley between the Black Mountains. The Skirrid can be seen in the centre and the Little Skirrid to the right. The Sugar Loaf is just out of shot to the left with the big shadow cast across the town created by The Blorenge.
March – “The Kymin Roundhouse” – the Kymin is a hill overlooking Monmouth, The Roundhouse was built as a shelter in the 18th Century, by the Kymin Picnic Club, a group of wealthy gentlemen including the Duke of Beaufort, who met regularly to picnic on top of the hill. Admiral Lord Nelson visited the Kymin Roundhouse and adjacent Naval Temple in 1801. The Kymin is now owned by The National Trust.
April – “Llanfoist Bridge” – originally known as “Tudor Bridge” due to the historic tradition that it was built by Jasper Tudor, Uncle of Henry VII. The stone bridge spans the River Usk to link Llanfoist and Abergavenny. The bridge features in two paintings by J.M.W Turner dating from the 1790s.
May – “Apple Blossom Delight” – looking out across the Cider Apple Orchardsnear Skenfrith in the Monnow Valley. The wonderful orchards are owned and managed by Monmouthshire cider producers, Apple County Cider. Their award winning ciders are available in many local hostelries.
June – “Caldicot Castle” – Founded by the Normans in around 1100, Caldicot Castle has a romantic and colourful history. Set in 55 acres of country park the castle is now owned and managed by Monmouthshire County Council. The country park and castle are open to visitors.
July – “Summer Pastures” – Sheep enjoying summer grazing in the central Monmouthshire lowlands, with the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons in the distance.
August – “Blue and Gold” – A blue gold sunset reflecting in the River Usk near The Bryn with a backdrop of The Blorenge.
September – “Harvest Home” – big bale straw at Cefn Ila near Usk.
October – “Border Crossing” – built in 1816 the cast iron Old Town Bridge at Chepstow provides a picturesque gateway between Wales and England across the River Wye near Chepstow Castle.
November – “Walkers are Welcome” – The Monmouthshire Brecon Canal towpath is a great place for a walk all year round..
December – “A Sprinkle of Sugar” – winter sun setting over a snow capped Sugar Loaf. Shot taken near Clytha
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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.