|Frosty Morning, Sliding Rocks,
Castle Hill, Great Torrington
pastel, 16 x 24
|The painting is called Frosty
morning, Sliding Rocks, and it was inspired by a memory I have of
walking home one very cold morning after taking my children to
school. After leaving the Junior School, I would sometimes walk
back through the town, but whenever I could I chose to come back down
the lane past Teapot Cottage, and across onto Castle Hill.
Anyone who knows Castle Hill will know about these slabs of rock. They are called Sliding Rocks because generations of children have used them as a slide. They are exposed slabs of the same rock that you have on Hungry Hill in West Cork, and when the gorse is in blossom I often find it esy to imagine that I am back in Ireland.
This is another place where I often met Kirby Saunders, sitting on a bench below the rocks, enjoying his sandwiches.