I live in Rhiwlas, outside Bangor, right in the far North of Wales which is some distance -80 miles- away from our Tair Afon case study area. I’m planning to spend more time doing “deep hanging out” in our Tair Afon patch soon, and am looking forward to getting a deeper understanding of what’s happening as we progress through the ‘activity mapping’ stage of the research.
In the meantime it feels a little odd to confess (as an ex road protestor!) that I have driven through the Tair Afon site several times, on trips down to mid and South Wales- my most recent journey down to Llanelli to play a folk tune with Welsh balladeer Chris Jones for the S4C programme ‘Stiwdio Gefn’, which will be broadcast later in the Autumn . I always stop off in “Siop Cynfelyn”, the community shop right in the middle of the Tair Afon patch, which is a great community enterprise and which is also the venue for many of our team meetings, due to our artist partner Shelagh’s connection with it. I’m looking forward to our advisory group meeting there on Oct 17th and having some yummy lunch! http://www.cletwr.com/en/cafe.php
The shop is always very busy when I visit it and I like stocking up on local produce. It feels good to support a local community enterprise, and its interesting to see how much the venue is used by different groups and people passing through. It’s a great resource, both for the community and visitors, and for us as a project team.
I was going to write something about value, values and nature, a key theme I’ve been thinking a lot about, but I’ll save that for another time I think. What I thought I’d do instead, is give two ‘photo diary’ pieces about places in the world I visited over the Summer, and which brought up some watery issues which certainly made me think about citizenship and water. While the Hydrocitizenship project focuses on our 4 UK based ‘patches’, hydrocitizenship has to be thought about in a global context as well as a local one (see also Sara's recent blog). Not least because of our own “glocal” connections. So over the next week or so I’m going to be uploading 2 further blogs , with hydrocitizeny- focused “what I did on my holidays” pics and text, which will include an interesting example of a water- based art project I came across in Venice. so some nice pics and text over next week or so to follow.
To read more by Alex visit her page on Hydrocitizens.